…from the quill of Antisthenes
Just when the sale of furs* was banned in the self-appointed centre of the world, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, on the other side, (geographically, not intellectually) a brave man demonstrated his disdain for the current political correctness. Out of the main vestibule of the Federal Court, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, a Mr Geoff Clark, one of the complainants against Herald Sun journalist Andrew Bolt, jubilantly emerged clad in a possum skin cloak. Mr Justice Mordecai Bromberg just granted the complainants a victory in their tireless fight for their inalienable right to stifle free expression, in this particular case relating to Australian Aborigines.
Possums have been protected in Australia at least since 1975, though State legislations vary. One can not kill a possum. Severe penalties apply. Of course, the cloak may be a sacred religious artefact, perhaps even the women’s business. Some may say Mr Clark is not so brave since he has an immunity. None would wish to call it an apartheid, but separate laws are in force for Aborigines. They, or rather their self appointed leaders, demand them.
Dugongs* are also protected against all but Aboriginal hunting. Mr Andrew Bolt, the looser and not as yet a member of some Aboriginal tribe perhaps ought to eat a dugong steak on his Sunday channel Ten TV show. Now that would be brave! In his case the greenies would go berserk.
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*/ If rabbits are not sustainable I do not know what species possibly could be (yes, I know, but politicians and public servants are not a separate species as yet)
**/ dugong – a large sea living mammal and just between ourselves, it tastes horrible. The myth has it that Aborigines eat it