It speaks volumes for the ABC that one of its key current affairs programs has discussed the first anniversary of the Capitol building riot in the US but ignored the alleged arson attack on Old Parliament House in Canberra on December 30 last year.
On Radio National Breakfast last Thursday, presenter Hamish Macdonald interviewed Mick Mulvaney (a former chief-of-staff to president Donald J. Trump). His introduction was as follows:
US President Joe Biden will today mark the one year anniversary of a deadly riot at the US Capitol. The supporters of Donald J. Trump stormed the building and battled police in an effort to stop the transition of power after the 2020 election. Five people were killed in the melee that followed.
Readers of the Wentworth Report know what a pack of lies that is. More from the ABC:
Its North American correspondent Kathryn Diss … on Thursday … described the events of January 6 last year as “an unforgettable felony” and compared the occasion with the attack on the Capitol by British forces in the War of 1812.
Ignoring a dozen worse acts of left wing violence against the US Government in the last few decades, etc etc.
But it’s happening in Australia too:
When the ABC 7.30 program reported the Capitol Hill riot last year, it made only a fleeting reference to the violent attack on Australia’s Parliament House that occurred on August 19, 1996.
Called the Cavalcade to Canberra and organised by the ACTU, this led to what the academic Luke Deer has referred to as “the most forceful physical attack on the federal parliament in Australian history”.
This was a violent riot directed by left-wing trade unions at the recently elected, John Howard-led Coalition government in which the doors of Parliament House were broken down. It is not something the Australian left likes to remember these days. It’s easier to condemn riots undertaken by the American right wing [in conjunction with the FBI].
It could be that the most recent attack on Old Parliament House — now called the Museum of Australian Democracy — is also destined to go down what George Orwell depicted as the memory hole.
On December 30, a fire was lit outside Old Parliament House that has caused significant damage to what was the home of the House of Representatives and the Senate between 1927 and 1988. This is one of the few heritage buildings erected in Australia during the 20th century.
The media have a selective memory, and our justice bureaucrats have embraced selective enforcement. We are becoming a low trust, tribal society, which is ominous for our future.