Saturday, September 17, 2005

Bad deportment

John Howard has often pined for the good old days of the past. When people were civil and minded their manners.

"The proprieties in deportment, which concerts require, are little different from those which are recognized in every other assembly, or in public exhibitions, for concerts partake of the one and the other, according as they are public or private. In private concerts, the ladies occupy the front seats, and the gentlemen are generally in groups behind, or at the side of them. We should observe the most profound silence, and refrain from beating time, humming the airs, applauding, or making ridiculous gestures of admiration. It often happens that a dancing soiree succeeds a concert, and billets of invitation, distributed two or three days before hand should give notice of it to the persons invited."

And so, by god, he's not going to tolerate anyone coming into HIS house and having a gripe about this or about that, nosiree. Mind your manners, young man, or you will find yourself facing some serious deportment.

Just ask Scott Parkin, a US "peace activist" who was booted out of Australia without any explanation other than that he was a risk to Australia's national security. It's being blogged about all over the left side of Australian blogdom, so I won't go into details. But you really should take a look at this case, because it highlights where all the Patriot Act type of security measures are headed in Australia, America, Great Britain and other paranoid places.

Read all about it at: (who is he?)

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Blogger emigre said...

Manners & hospitality - a bit of a joke really isn't it, "mate".

17 September 2005 at 10:38:00 pm GMT+10  
Anonymous alexx said...

Yeah, bad deportment :-)
also thin edge of the wedge.

17 September 2005 at 11:38:00 pm GMT+10  
Blogger Iain Murray said...

Deported peace activist blameless

November 1, 2005

AN AMERICAN peace activist deported from Australia on the grounds he was a threat to national security was not involved in any dangerous or violent protests in Australia, ASIO revealed yesterday.

Scott Parkin, 36, from Houston, Texas, returned to the US in September after his visitor's visa was cancelled on the grounds he posed a national security risk. He was kept in solitary confinement by Australian Federal Police in Melbourne following an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

ASIO chief Paul O'Sullivan denied his agency was pressured by the US into making the adverse assessment. Asked if Mr Parkin had been violent in Australia, Mr O'Sullivan said he had not.


3 November 2005 at 1:40:00 pm GMT+10  
Blogger Guambat Stew said...

Iain Murray,
Thanks for the update. I had actually tagged that article in my bookmarks for comment, and then all the dramas of having to switch to Mozilla intervened and hadn't got 'round to it.
I appreciate your participation.
Guambat Stew

4 November 2005 at 3:46:00 pm GMT+10  

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