Thursday 27 July 2016
The ABC’s revelation about the manifestly unreasonable treatment of teenage boys in detention in the Northern Territory should come as no surprise to anyone. It is the ABC with programmes like Four Corners, Media Watch and Australian Story and others that have been at the forefront of revealing injustice, corruption, political scandal and mistreatment in all its malevolent variances for many years.
Firstly on Monday night we had a love story. ‘Australian Story‘ told us a tale about two teenagers who simply fell in love. It was no ordinary story. It was a miraculous one, full of the innocence of youth. A chance meeting and the agony of separation. It is a heart wrenching one deserving of a compassionate voice but does Australia have one.
“Love is when there is an irresistible urge for the need of the affection of another and the irresistibility is of its nature mutual“.
“This week’s program is about a young woman who puts a human face to the issue of “unauthorised” boat arrivals in Australia.
Mojgan Shamsalipoor fled terrible personal trauma in her home country, Iran, and found sanctuary in Brisbane where she was able to live in the community while awaiting a decision on her protection visa.
At a youth camp she met a young Iranian refugee, Milad Jafari. They fell in love, married and were looking forward to a happier future.
However, despite her apparent good fortune, her visa has been denied and she is now locked in detention with little prospect of fulfilling her dream of having a family with Milad and becoming a midwife.
But she has many supporters who are determined to see her released back into the community”.
Peter Dutton won’t intervene in the case of an Iranian asylum seeker student.
As my wife and I were recovering from this gut wrenching decision from the Minister, Four Corners followed up with a story of ill-considered depravity. The physical and mental torture of teenage boys incarcerated in a Darwin Youth Centre. All we could do was watch this vulgar display of man’s inhumanity to children with a sort of national shame that the next day found we shared with many others.
The footage of children being tear-gassed by burley corrections officers, stripping them naked and depriving of their human dignity was an affront to what we call common decency. An unforgivable display of everything un Australian.
“Politicians often demand of others that they uphold our culture and values. Is this what they mean?’”
The Prime Minister was quick off the mark instigating a Royal Commission. Fair enough, but it ignores the fact that similar things have been happening to Asylum Seekers for many years. The fact is that the Government has sentenced men women and children to life imprisonment for the offence of seeking freedom. They have no intention of releasing them.
There will be no Royal Commission into the treatment of Asylum Seekers. There will no ICAC to investigate corruption.
By then I had had enough but it wasn’t over yet. The indomitable Media Watch ran a story about Journalism. Well, gutter journalism that is. It’s the sort of journalism partly responsible for the decline, and perhaps the end of the medium as we know it. It’s a made up falsehood of a story by Miranda Divine of the Murdoch gutter tabloid, The Daily Telegraph.
It’s a fallacious story about Cheltenham High School and how it addresses gender. The Education Department and the school deny the accusation that girls and boys would not be known by their gender. The story is completely made up – full of lies and inaccuracies.
They know it is but believe that lying will see them survive when in fact it is proving to be the reason for their demise.
In the midst of a media saturated with right wing shock jocks and Murdoch pedlars of verbal violence and dishonesty. Where would we be without the ABC and programmes of this ilk who without fear or favour report on the injustices of this world?
Because of political pressure from the right the ABC has been subjected to enquiry after enquiry but the damage done to our democracy and the way our society functions is by the right wing media is never questioned.
“Lying in the media is wrong at any time however when they do it by deliberate omission it is even more so. Murdoch’s papers seem to do it with impunity“.
My thought for the day.
“We can sometimes become so engrossed in our own problems that we can easily overlook the enormity of the suffering of others”.
PS: On top of all this yet another flagship ABC programme ‘7.30’ last night reported on yet further damming accusations against George Pell.