On Top Of Your Game?

What a strange life amongst the Press. First they advise us of a major investigation of a bomb threat in France in 2004. Wrong! The bombs were intended for Spain a few weeks later. After that, what reports entered good old Aus about the relationship between France, Spain, the CIA or, whomever?

Second, Glen Wheatley (an entertainment entrepreneur) receives a devastating jail term for dodging a mere $300k. Why, because he was the first scalp of Australia’s largest-ever tax fraud and money laundering investigation which has, perhaps, cost this country 50 times that much. Glen even sat down and cooperated, but the deal he made was overturned. After all, when a ridiculously funded investigation is bereft of talent, even the smallest head on a stick will do. However, the “well connected billionaire”, Richard Pratt, who only failed to disclose price fixing of sums beyond our imagination, will receive a mere slap and a $30 million fine. Richard won’t go to jail.

Third, Ben Cousins, the scourge of the AFL’s need to establish a scapegoat for what has been an on-going culture of misbehavior over decades in relation to booze, dope, jail time, robbery, assault and battery and, rape, remains vilified, even though the W.A. Chief Commissioner of Police has sort an internal investigation in relation to the behaviour of certain police members and the charges laid against him. No apologies, just a $50 refund to Ben. But where were the press in the aftermath? After the chimera of, “oh my how could he do it?” Which went on for days, it all simply went quiet.

One wanders whether, like all “good” Australians, we just love a story line ending with a good corpse? No intellectual rigour, no debate and certainly no questions asked, let alone answered?

Good work guys. You are really on top of your game!

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