Rather than a rise of Islamophobia imagined by the left rising up against a foreign terrorist threat imagined by the right, what we had were people seeming to react to what it was, a small, but disturbing sign of social fracturing.
It’s perhaps for the best that Gough’s not around to see the hash they’ll make of it.
Why should community leaders be as responsible as anyone else for these jihadists and why would they be able to do anything about it?
We are talking not about a threat from overseas, than Australians going overseas to spread their chaos in other countries.
The government has tried to use libertarian arguments to nullify and roll back a piece of anti-racist legislation but has nowhere to take it back to.
The last six years have shown that what asylum seekers have more to be concerned about is an insecure, out of control political class that targets the most vulnerable to make itself look in command.
The left have been portraying Indonesia as the victim and Australia as the bully but the reality is more the reverse.
The problem Abbott faces is that there are real barriers to implementing his program but behind him is a party of which some sections are determined to make sure he does.
“We will decide” was a phoney bit of Australian unilateralism made possible at a time of that phoney bit of US unilateralism, the War on Terror.
Who would better know how to expose a failed a policy than those who proposed it?