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Now Senator Nova Peris and Schapelle have something in common, both viciously targeted by Murdoch's gutter press (here & here). Though Nova should be grateful for small mercies, at least she wasn’t forced to hide in a filthy toilet, fending off a jungle of flashing cameras and screamed questions. The witch burning begins, how does it feel Nova? Schapelle’s weathered the flaming pyre for years, with taunts like “Bogan scum” hurled like rotten tomatoes. What’s waiting for you? “Abbo slut”? The hatred the Dirty Digger wrings from the bottom dwellers is like a huge belch from the sewer. It’s his speciality.
To clarify, my knowledge of indigenous politics is shockingly poor, I’m not a professional journalist and I don’t live in Nova’s constituency. My humble view is Australia’s first people get a disgusting deal, horribly compounded by politicians who think they “Know best” and ignore local wisdom. However, when I see Nova targeted by the Murdoch machine, my first thought isn’t “What’s she done wrong?” it’s “What’s she done right”? Schapelle’s “Crime” in Murdoch’s eyes was refusing to give a false confession and let Howard’s rat bag team off the hook, as the privatised Sydney Airport drowned in corruption and security holes. Customs whistleblower Allan Kessing repeatedly underlined those facts, though he was shafted too.
Now I don’t know if Nova’s squeaky clean (I wouldn’t have a clue), but gross abuses of power and trust regularly go unreported in the Land Down Under, such as Rupert Murdoch’s real thoughts about the media crime scandal that engulfed his empire. That wasn’t trumpeted here in headlines screaming “Rupert, nothing is private anymore,” as tapes showing his shocking attitude to the squalor were leaked. “Why are the police behaving in this way? It's the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing” he said. But sadly, even though UK news consumers got the inside story on Murdoch’s arrogance (and the recording that proved it), there wasn’t a whisper in Ocker Land. No headlines from Murdoch’s political editor Malcolm Farr, who called his smug opinion piece about the besieged senator “Nova Peris, nothing is private anymore.”
So what do we know about Nova Peris? We know she didn’t hack the phone of a dead schoolgirl, or lie about football fans pickpocketing the dead, nor was she shamed into closing down a long-standing newspaper because it was so vile and she wasn’t the subject of a book exposing scores of despicable acts. So why the hell does Rupert Murdoch get such an easy ride in his birthplace, while in the UK he’s dragged out in public and stoned? The contrast couldn’t be more stark. So let’s wise up, if you think Murdoch’s stink tank isn’t up to the same crap Down Under you’re naive. Private Invstigator Col Chapman went into painful detail about Australian media crime, but so far he’s resolutely ignored by those who should know better. Perhaps they’re terrified of opening Pandora’s Box?
And another question to Murdoch’s troll Malcolm Farr, who tells Nova Peris “Nothing is private any more,” does that include me? As a private citizen, a long time supporter of Schapelle and a lowly, shift-working nurse I was also targeted by the media for a smear-fest. Luckily, I’m incredibly boring and their secret investigation came to nothing. I don’t have a criminal history, though how an earth they discovered that news is tantalising, given my record (or lack of one), is private and (officially speaking), can’t be accessed without my permission. Are there corrupt links between the police and journalists in Australia too?
Some come on Australia, wake the hell up. The Brits wiped the floor with Murdoch, what are we waiting for? The next one on his hellish bonfire could be any of us. I guess Nova didn’t give much thought to Schapelle’s ordeal, but now the blow torch is searing her flesh too, how many of us can deny Leveson4Oz is WAY overdue? Media crime is not acceptable and Australia is not some sunny, alternate reality where a globalised Murdoch empire puts down its despicable ways at our border.