One of the things I'm quickly learning is that you don't have to be very bright to be a politician in Australia, in fact it's perfectly acceptable to be downright dumb.
Here's the 2-second email Federal MP Peter Lindsay sent a concerned member of the public, after they forwarded heaps of relevant info about Schapelle's case . . .
Wow, that took a lot of research and thought, didn't it Peter? And it might be OK if our Pete was just the ordinary bloke next door, who labours on the shop floor, with no particular responsibility to the public at large. But that's not the case. Pete gets paid big bucks to give a toss. So I decided to send Pete another missive, and ask a few questions. Let's see if he can get some of of those long-dormant brain cells sparking . . .
Now Pete, I see you have an adult daughter. So do I. Now I guess if your child, with no previous criminal history, rocked up to Bali Airport with 4.2 kg of marijuana in their bag, and said it wasn't their's, you be tearing the place down to get at truth, wouldn't you? So let's start on that premise.
You'd want to know why the hell she was the first person ever, in the history of Australia, to take a commercial amount of marijuana to Bali, from Australia. It doesn't make any sense. The stuff's worth peanuts over there, compared to here.
I reckon you'd also get retired AFP officer (Head of Internal Investigations), Ray Cooper on the blower, and grill him hard about this.
Then, after that, I reckon you'd go through Patrick Law like a dose of salts, when he said he had "No idea" about the airport CCTV.
You'd also scream blue murder about forensic testing, and possibly arrange formal retribution if anyone dared to burn the evidence before it happened.
And you'd be red in the face with rage if the Bali police refused to weigh your daughter's luggage, to compare it with the Australian check-in weight.
You'd also expect the Aussie cops to investigate and search your daughter's home for evidence of drug trafficking, as well as look into her phone and banking records - and then fess up straight away when those investigations came up clean. What you wouldn't expect is complete indifference, and complete failure to do those things . . . in fact, I reckon you'd spit chips.
What then? I guess you might confront Macquarie Bank CEO Nicholas Moore about his bank's involvement in drug smuggling on the very day your daughter flew, considering they own Sydney Airport.
But sadly Peter, Schapelle's not your daughter, and I guess it's far easier to take cheap, ill-informed shots at an ordinary working class girl, than take on John Howard's mates . . .
Now, here's an exercise to get that grey matter working again, I've asked Melissa Parke MP five very pertinent questions about Schapelle, can you come up with the answers before she does? Consider yourself formally served with them. Should be interesting . . .