Good-natured destruction

As far as vigilante mobs go, this one was ‘good-natured’.

In fact, that’s exactly how they described themselves. Peter, from the Refugee Action Collective even told the ABC that they were ‘good-natured’.

Jolly good for him. And jolly good for the reporter from Australia’s prestigious taxpayer-funded media organisation. I’d hate for ABC journalists to have to cover vigilante groups that weren’t good-natured, especially given that its coverage of asylum-seekers was recently described as ‘advocacy parading as journalism‘ in a Senate estimates hearing by Michael Pezzullo, the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Considering the good-natured nature of all the events outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital recently, it should come as no surprise at all that the ABC gave this good-natured report about the mob.


“On Saturday night, hundreds of protesters surrounded exit points at the hospital amid reports there were plans to move Asha and her family to immigration detention.

They said they would put their bodies on the line to prevent Asha’s offshore removal.

“It’s difficult but people are prepared to put themselves in front of vehicles to try to prevent that from happening,” said Mark Gillespie, from the Refugee Action Collective.

“People are vigilant. We’re not relaxing until we get a better outcome,” he said.

Mr Gillespie said protesters were stationed at hospital exits and using mobile phones to communicate.

He said they were stopping police cars coming out of the hospital on Saturday night to check the child was not inside…”

Strangely, when one ponders ‘good-natured’, the phrases ‘bodies on the line’ and ‘exit points at the hospital’ do not immediately spring to mind.

It seems that the Sydney Morning Herald’s John Birmingham also came across this little problem. Nevertheless, being the good-natured and ‘progressive’ moral crusader that he is, he soon found a way to deal with it. He referred to the fact that a bunch of weirdos with weird ideas were running amok outside a children’s hospital with this good-natured turn of phrase in his triumphal piece on the ‘Baby Asha Farce’, otherwise known as ‘Peter Dutton runs from the mob’:

To be sure, there were a couple of the usual suspects from the Judean People’s Liberation Front and the People’s Liberation Front of Judea trying to hitch their donkey carts to baby Asha, but most of the protesters looked like what they were. Mere citizens.

It’s possible that Birmingham was talking about ‘Mums4Refugees’ when he jovially made reference to the Judean People’s Liberation Front. That’s because Mums4Refugees was live tweeting the good-natured mob as it covered hospital exits:

But then again, he may have been referring to the Refugee Action Collective Queensland. They also took time out from their busy schedule of standing up for Judean liberation to broadcast videos to the world of protesters ready to block roads around the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Alas, Birmingham did not make himself clear. He may have been thinking about Amnesty International instead. They tweeted images of crowds clogging up the hospital entrance, the car park and the place that people with serious problems, like burning babies, generally head off to.

However, I have a sneaking suspicion that Birmingham was referring to GetUp!, that bastion of freedom fighters, and Australian Unions. Both of those groups took delight in broadcasting the fact that large numbers of noisy protesters were hanging around in a good-natured way outside a children’s hospital.

Anyway, with all these good-natured organisations coming together outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to save the world, it’s not surprising that school children, being the idealistic sponges that they are, joined in.

No doubt, these children joined in with this wave of humanity in order to show care and compassion. It was duly noted by the BrisbaneTimes’ Jorge Branco:

I doubt the mob deliberately ignored signs pleading for a bit of peace and quiet for sick children. More probably, none of them could read and next week they’ll join in a new good-natured protest calling for Safe Schools to be scrapped and replaced with a literacy program.

But then again, maybe no one saw the sign due to circus-like performances ready to distract one and all.

In the spirit of being good-natured, I’ll point out that this lady’s Twitter profile currently displays this hilarious profile pic, along with the description of ‘lefty feminist’:

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The Twitter profile image of ‘OverMyDeadBodyMack’.

I’m sure that you’re as surprised as I am.

As time wore on, the good-natured protest reached its peak. Just outside the hospital.

Actually, it’s hard to know when it peaked. The above tweet was posted 15 February. Over the next four days, it seems that the good-natured mob displayed a marvellous capacity for creativity. On February 19 this tweet was posted, showing how a simple slogan had matured.

They now had microphones.

That was a signal for the Greens to step forward, that good-natured party of hair-shirt wearers. Below you can distinctly hear Senator Larissa Waters say blah, blah, blah through a distorted microphone as children tried to sleep in the hospital.

The good news is that even if we could understand what she was staying, it still would have been blah, blah, blah, whales, blah, blah, it’s our fault Islam is violent. Blah.

And then the mob good-naturedly hung around at night as well:

Finally, a rumour spread like a wildfire: the lawful authorities were actually going to enforce the law. And that sent the mob into a spin.

The wonderfully and truthfully-named twitter user, ‘Selfishly Rabbling’ sent out this message:

As people with common sense will note, forming a vehicle blockade around a hospital generally tends to interfere with human rights. In the parlance of the day, it could be described as a health and safety issue.

However, common sense did not appear to be oozing forth from the Lady Cilento mob. So others followed suit with similar dangerous demands:

Then the police arrived:

In response to demands that the hospital be blocked-off, the Police good-naturedly allowed protesters to search their vehicles:

It seems that even the protesters were surprised that the Police allowed the mob to take the law into its own hands. I think most Australians would feel the same way.

Unfortunately, it seems that not all Australians felt as good-natured as the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital mob. Someone, somewhere, must have expressed outrage that they were blocking cars outside a children’s hospital and searching Police vehicles. I can hardly think why.

But this response indicates that the mob could understand this concern and enter into a constructive dialogue about the way forward:

I suppose that’s why they paid attention to comments like these about their use of a children’s hospital as the location for a noisy protest stretching over several days:

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Unfortunately, if the protesters outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital weren’t going to change their good-natured ways for anyone, including sick children and their families, the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton was not going to stand so firm.

In the face of noise, he wavered.

In the face of protesters searching police cars, he buckled.

In the face of the holier-than-though demands, he back down.

On 4 February, 2016, Peter Dutton had this to say in a press release that he issued:

“My message is that there are only two outcomes for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia: they will be intercepted and turned back from Australian waters or they will be sent to another country for processing.

“Processing and resettlement in Australia will never be an option and there are no exceptions; these rules apply to everyone.”

Speaking to Ray Hadley on 2GB/4BC on 18 February, 2016, Peter Dutton said this:

If people have received medical assistance and the assistance is no longer required, if they’ve recovered from their medical condition, then they’ll be returned to Nauru.

A couple of days later, baby Asha was released from hospital. Presumably, she had recovered from her medical condition.

And on 21 February, Peter Dutton then said this:

We are proposing that baby Asha will come from Lady Cilento and will go into community detention, as have as I say the 83 others who are living in the community who are in Australia for medical assistance and their family members who are here to support those for medical assistance. It will be a continuation of that policy.

So in the space of a few days, the protesters forced the government to back down.

Stopping the boats has been universally applauded as a successful and responsible government policy. Now there is a chink in the claim that our nation will defend its border security.

There are exemptions where children are hurt. They will be allowed into Australia. So will their families. They will be processed here. And the activist lawyers will get involved.

So be prepared for more good-natured headlines like this:

Baby Asha’s mother questioned after claims child was ‘purposely burnt’ to get into Australia

That’s because an injured child, a mob and activist doctors armed with lawyers have shown that they can make Peter Dutton waver. Let’s hope that when the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection does act to enforce the government’s policy he doesn’t waver again…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. These fanatics will go to any lengths to break the Governments border protection model. The Government must hold the line at all costs. Our sovereignty depends on it.

    It might be time to break out riot police and water cannon, no matter how it looks on the world stage. Strength and determination are to be admired, weakness is despicable,unconscionable and not an option.

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  2. I believe one Malcolm Turnbull would have been leaning heavily on Dutton to get this back down from Dutton. Remember too, that Turnbull invited one Gillian Triggs (Human Rights Commissioner) to tea soon after that coup, and I have no doubt that the speech given by Triggs to the trough feeders that go by the name of ‘Human Rights Lawyers’, that in essence was a declaration of war against our border policy, would have been prompted by that nice afternoon tea session between Triggs and Turnbull.

    It seems we have some very dangerous people, who for their thirty pieces of silver would sell their own mothers, now in positions of authority not to uphold our peace and security, but to dismantle those things that guarantee our peace and security.

    Great article Bernie that highlights the axiom that there are village idiots everywhere.

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  3. The Judean PLF (a very small number of people) has created a lot of sock puppet hashtags to “astroturf” the ‘Let them stay’ campaign for refugees.

    Astroturfing is a PLF of J tactic to create the impression in the publicmind and the mind of someone like Mr Dutton that a campaign is arising from a grassroots base. Of course the controlled MSM helps roll out the astroturf on all channels and keeps the buzzfeed going.

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  4. They are a load of ignorant imbeciles and selfish at that! Probably Marxist-inspired. We don’t really want them here in Australia. Why don’t they go and form a new country somewhere else. I understand the Middle East might have some space now that millions of people from there have been careering towards the “Open Borders” of Europe (George Soros please note!). Perhaps even Nauru? Anywhere but here. Anyone who can prevent our sick kids from getting the medical attention they need when they need it – because of one sick baby who had already been medically attended to – are NOT doing so for HUMANE purposes! This is purely political Marxist/Leftist/Green drivel and I am surprised that so many so called Australians have fallen for it. As for Peter Dutton – the man who didn’t weaken to ignominiously send a pro-lifer packing due to political pressure from the Left – words fail me. And what’s with the police allowing the rabble to search their cars!!!? Sack Peter Dutton – Sack the Police Chief in charge of that particular exercise and charge and fine the “good natured” demonstrators and put them all on “Good Behaviour Bonds” for a year so that we don’t have to see any of their faces until next summer. But by that time it might be too late for us here in Australia – I’m sure the 60 Minutes team that recently went to Sweden could give us some insights and clarification on that statement!

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  5. The People’s Liberation Front of Judea / Judean People’s Front are good at occupying and blocking the forum and sizzling the meme. They always bring in the doofuses to tweet, beep and block and generally razz the Romans.
    Life of Brian – the people’s front of Judea.

    The annual March for Life in Brisbane – this year on Saturday March 5 – features PLF Judea Social Justice Warriors on the troll page. They always turn up against pro-life at the March for Life.

    They’ll change hats, placards, hashtags on March 5 and they’ll be sizzling the pro-abortion meme. They won’t be so much in favour of sleeping babies as dead babies on March 5. Keep a look out for the #babyasha faces on March 5.
    Fall in Line

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  6. The are cops letting a mob search their cars? This is bad news, this will most definitely set a precedent. If the cops cannot deal with a kumbaya rent-a-crowd, how would they deal with a worse mob of say religious fanatics? A wise Roman once said: ‘Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many’.

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  7. I bet most of the above mob live in cushy suburbs where there are no refugees. It’s funny how people play the philanthropist, yet when push comes to shove all that applies is: ‘not in my backyard’. I wonder how many of these people have visited the ‘Jungle’ in Calais or have spent a New Years Eve down in Cologne.

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