Two bits to it today - the first bit includes our new high class theme music tryout.
The Australian newspaper has gone to the trouble of setting out exactly what was spoken about on the ABC's QandA show on Monday night. I think it's an important public service that The Australian's performed and thus I'm republishing it here, particularly as Andrew felt that he could not defend himself with the facts as a result of a court order.
There's much more to read at The Australian newspaper today.
ABC1’s Q&A, Monday:
MARCIA Langton: In my opinion, the articles that (Andrew) Bolt wrote about several Aboriginal people were far from the subject of politics and simply abusive. Now, just to take one instance, there was a young woman who was the victim of his abuse ... Dr Misty Jenkins ... the victim of foul abuse from Bolt now, nothing that he said about her was political. It was simply racial abuse. He argued that she had no right to claim that she was Aboriginal and, like most fools who put this argument in public, we are expected to deny our parents and our grandparents because somebody believes in race theories. So, I absolutely refute ... that this has to do with … (the) suppression of political debate.
Foul abuse? Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, May 21, 2008:
MELBOURNE University has a record that illustrates my theory that state-funded institutions tend to lean to the cultural Left ... Read the latest issue of ... the university’s alumni magazine ... the cover story argues that the mainly black murderers (in the Deep South) ... are victims ... Page two promotes Kevin Rudd’s apology ... Page three announces that Davis has picked … global warming alarmist Ross Garnaut, as one of his Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows. Page four has a feature on Dr Misty Jenkins, a blonde and pale science PhD who calls herself Aboriginal and enthuses: “I was able to watch the coverage of Kevin Rudd’s (sorry) speech with tears rolling down my cheeks ... Recognition of the atrocities caused by Australian government policies was well overdue.” “Independent”? “Nonpartisan”? Pages six and seven boast that the university hosted Rudd’s “first major policy conference” … There are even … pictures of Rudd ... Wayne Swan, Nicola Roxon and Kim Carr. “Independent”? “Nonpartisan”? You get the message.
ABC1’s Q&A, Monday:
LANGTON: (Dr Jenkins) as a result of that case, withdrew from public life. She used to speak to students.
Women in Science Fellowships, August 12, 2013:
MISTY ... Jenkins serves as a motivational speaker to students, especially young women, at schools and universities.
Jenkins, Engaging Women, September 1, 2013:
I DO a lot of work with high school students and indigenous students … I encourage them to stay at school.
Australian Science Communicators Conference, February 2-5 this year:
IN addition to her successful research career, Misty is a passionate and engaging public speaker ...
Is it because you’re white? ABC1’s Q&A, Monday:
TONY Jones: (George Brandis) Just if I could just get you to address what Marcia Langton specifically said about that woman who has withdrawn from public life because of the depth of the offence that she took from those comments, are you sympathetic with people who are so deeply offended that they withdraw from public life?
Brandis: Well, I don’t know anything about the facts of that lady’s particular case ...
Lisa Wilkinson: Do you think part of the reason why you can’t sympathise … (or) seem to understand how that would cause enormous discomfort for somebody and they would withdraw from public life … (is) because you are a white, able-bodied, heterosexual male?
Misty Jenkins, indigenous scholarships website:
. . . I DO acknowledge that because of my paler skin, I was not subject to the physical discrimination that many of my cousins were.