I’m sure we all can regal tales of political stunts and the jokes they are. It was a conversation I had with some friends over the weekend. I happened to make comment about a political stunt I saw on the news during the week when I was interstate and watching some bad commercial TV news in the hotel.
While there might have been ‘other’ reasons for the trip, it was reported that John Brumby (Premier of Vic) had cancelled part of his tour to India due to a DFAT warning about some trouble. I thought to myself ‘sounds sensible’, however the story went on to say he would continue the rest of his trip to India to reassure the India government and people that Victoria was not a racist place, and that he was there to apologise for the ‘attacks’ on a few Indians in recent times.
Now, is it just me, or is this the most ridiculous thing you have every heard of? I don’t know the full figures on attacks on Indians in Vic, or Australia yet I didn’t think it was at epidemic levels where tax payer money was now needed to fund pollies jollies around the world to make ‘apologises’ for things that take place in ‘our’ community.
Does this now set the precedent that for every single person from another nationality who is ‘attacked’ will see any of our Premiers flying off for heart felt apologies and to reassure those countries Australia is a safe and great place? I'm sure the spin doctors think this sounds like a great idea, yet what a waste of tax payer money, and a waste of time.
So … what other little stunts do you have to share?