UNOPENED XMAS PRESENTS FOR EIGHT MISSING KIDS
The eight kids who won’t wake to the thrill of Christmas presents on Thursday morning, or any other morning, is an unimaginable horror. Where were the screams, where were the neighbours? Why didn’t the older children run next door after watching their siblings being stabbed to death one by one? Why didn’t the mother, after having allegedly murdered four of her children, stop and ask, “What in God’s name am I doing?”
After watching the news break for three hours, finally someone suggested Murray Street, Cairns was a known trouble area, then the term “indigenous” was quietly mentioned, then Torres Strait Islanders. Why the reticence to report what every journalist knew but what most viewers could only suspect? Are we to be protected from the truth? Some people were even screaming terrorism!
Identifying race and creed when crimes are allegedly committed was always an intrinsic part of reporting. Now, we need to wait for names or a flash of flesh that might imply the origin of who was responsible.
It wasn’t until a flag was held up to a Lindt cafe window that we knew it was Islamic terrorism. Even then we were told, untruthfully, it was an isolated incident and not related to Islam.
The callous murder of eight innocent children is one of Australia’s worst ever crimes and we had a right to know what the reporter knew, but the fact that it was an indigenous crime was withheld from us for as long as possible. Why? It is no less or more of a crime because of who it was committed on or who committed it?
Are we to be protected from reality, is the media avoiding racial identification out of political correctness, or are reports such as these legalled with 18C in mind?
If it had been a white Anglo Saxon accused of such an horrific crime, we had a right to know that too. It’s called honest information.
And if it’s suspected the mother was under the influence of methamphetamines (ice), we had a right to know that too, without having to wait until Police decide to release an official charge sheet.
As long as information is withheld, rumour will run wild, that that’s far worse... it’s our community too, with all its warts.