About a month ago a man drove a van filled with gas cylinders into the carpark of the national headquarters of the Australian Christian Lobby.
Then he set it alight in what appeared to be an attempted bombing. I say ‘attempted’ loosely. The ‘incident in Deakin’, as the ACT police called it, resulted in extensive damage to the Australian Christian Lobby building.
This ‘incident’ briefly attracted media attention but since then there has been complete silence, except from Miranda Devine who penned this pertinent piece in early January. I suppose the ‘incident in Melbourne’ has distracted reporters.
We have no details about the man’s name. We have no details about why he set a van alight outside the Australian Christian Lobby. And we have no information at all about the motives for this ‘incident’. All of this is so, even though this man ended up in a Canberra hospital and the police have admitted to speaking with him ‘briefly’ while he was dosed up on painkillers there.
In fact, it is not clear at all whether the ACT police even declared a crime scene. Or if they will lay charges.
All we have is a short statement released the next day. It made about as much sense as any bureaucratic statement from a government organisation these days.
Firstly, the ACT police claimed that this attack was not religious or politically motivated. Then they went on to state that they will investigate the ‘incident’ including any previous threats to the Australian Christian Lobby.
So the ACT police have ruled out any religious or political motivation before even investigating the political or religiously motivated threats to the Australian Christian Lobby.
That’s rather like putting the cart before the horse. But I don’t want to tell the professionals how to do their job.
Instead, I’ve asked ACT police media for an update. Hopefully they will respond, although I am rather inclined, like the ACT police, to arrive at early conclusions: at this stage I’m ruling out any likelihood of a response, possibly due to religious or political reasons.
These were the questions I asked:
- What is the name of the person involved in this incident?
- What is his condition and has he been released from hospital?
- Have any charges been laid in relation to this incident and what are they?
- Was a crime scene declared at the scene of the incident?
- What details can ACT police release in relation to any motivation for the incident?
- Can ACT police release any other information about this incident?
If I hear anything I’ll let you know. And if I don’t, well, I’ll let you know as well.