Great reader question - now asked and answered

Earlier today I published an observation about domestic violence and equality:

All assaults, victims, broken arms & jail terms are equal - but some are more equal than others.

My comment was about a September 2011 report on the late David Gulpilil's 12 month jail term following his conviction for an aggravated assault on his wife.  

It was a serious offence in which he broke her arm:

The court heard he did so because she would not get up off the floor and come to him while drinking at a house in Darwin.

Subsequently, Gulpilil was issued with his second restraining order in less than four years.

The court heard that even without his previous convictions "the offence in its own right puts him at risk of going to jail".

Reader Austr prompts me to explain myself with this:

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Here's what prompted my comment.

Hugh Riminton is a prominent and influential left-leaning journalist.

As news of Gulpilil's death was breaking, Hugh made this observation:

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Gulpilil was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on 8 June 1987:

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Here's an extract from the Terminations and Cancellations Ordinance for the Order of Australia, relevant to his subsequent criminal offending:

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TERMINATION AND CANCELLATION OF APPOINTMENTS AND AWARDS

3   (1) The Governor-General may, in writing:

          (a) terminate an appointment of a person as a member of the Order of Australia for a reason mentioned in section 4;

REASONS FOR TERMINATION OR CANCELLATION

4   (1) The Governor-General may terminate an appointment, or cancel an award, if a conviction for a crime or offence under:

          (a) a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

          (b) a law of a foreign country;

          has been recorded in relation to the holder of the appointment or award.

ENDS

Hold that thought!

Now compare and Contrast with Bettina Arndt's appointment in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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The Left erupted with a vociferous response to Ms Arndt's appointment.

As examples, here are Penny Wong, Kristina Keneally and Victorian Attorney General Jill Hennessy:

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By now you know where I'm going.

Bettina Arndt AM was pursued because of her "opinions, commentary and media appearances'.

David Gulpilil received quite the opposite treatment with calls from The Left to upgrade his award.

The implicit message is that his behaviour is excused because he's black.

What bullshit.

That is just a patronising, pat him on the head cop-out.

Twitter user Mr Boonkert made this observation about my post earlier today- I agree with him completely.

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I've spent some hours today reading about the remarkable, amazing life of the late actor known professionally as David Gulpilil.

This is a great place to start:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gulpilil#cite_note-28

He was a lot of things, inconveniently for 'the narrative' he was a convicted felon.

Aboriginal people are people like all of us.  Same rights, same responsibilities .

But the patronising Left doesn't really believe that.

In our agenda-driven society, all victims are equal, but some are more equal than others.

 


All assaults, victims, broken arms & jail terms are equal - but some are more equal than others.

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Prominent actor David Gulpilil has been sentenced to 12 months in jail for breaking his wife's arm last year.

Gulpilil, 58, was charged with aggravated assault over the incident in December.

His sentence will be suspended after five months.

Gulpilil - who appeared in films including Storm Boy, Rabbit Proof Fence and Australia - pleaded guilty in Darwin Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court was told that Gulpilil threw a broom at his wife Miriam Ashley and broke her arm.

The court heard he did so because she would not get up off the floor and come to him while drinking at a house in Darwin.

Subsequently, Gulpilil was issued with his second restraining order in less than four years.

The court heard that even without his previous convictions "the offence in its own right puts him at risk of going to jail".

Gulpilil's lawyer Eugene Schofield said Ms Ashley, who was in court today, has since reconciled with her husband and regretted reporting the incident to police.

Mr Schofield said Gulpilil had a widely publicised drinking problem and the media attention about the court case, which he had heard went as far as Hollywood, had embarrassed him.

Gulpilil had served an earlier prison term of a few weeks because of alcohol-related traffic offences, Mr Schofield said.

"He was very reluctant to go to prison," he said.

At an earlier hearing last month, Gulpilil said he wanted to get off alcohol.

But magistrate Dick Wallace refused an application by Gulpilil for a three-month adjournment of the case so he could attend alcohol rehabilitation services.

Mr Wallace said Gulpilil has had "well-publicised alcohol problems for as long as I have lived in the territory".

He said many people had been trying to support Gulpilil.

Outside the court on that occasion, Gulpilil wept and said he wanted to get off the grog and make another movie.

Well-publicised problem

Gulpilil has had a well-publicised alcohol problem that stretches over many years.

In 2005, he lost his licence for a year; in 2009, he recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.147, but was let off because a magistrate ruled he only drove at the time to avoid possible violence.

Gulpilil has also been accused in the past of bashing Ms Ashley.

In 2007, a magistrate imposed a 12-month domestic violence order on Gulpilil, forbidding him from assaulting or threatening Ms Ashley.

 
 

 


Outside Insiders - Bill 'Intrepid' T braves swooping birds & burly cops to get snubbed by Josh Frydenberg!

Lovely to see Bill enjoying Melbourne's annual hour of great weather!

Bill, you are fearless, focussed and the creator of a unique video record of life from Joe Average's viewpoint - you're priceless mate (and anything but average!).

Thanks for Outside Insiders this year - keep sticking it to them in 2022 brother.

Here's Bill:

It seems that Josh Frydenberg, or his security advisers, weren’t willing for him to run the horrendous gauntlet of one old bloke with a GoPro this morning…
 
On the other hand, I had to endure numerous swooping myna/mynah birds at Southbank. They seem to have muscled in on the swooping territory previously reserved for magpies...
 
Cheers
 
Bill T


Australia's TGA approves Pfizer Covid jab for 5 year olds & over

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Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine (COMIRNATY) provisionally approved for use in individuals 5 years and over

5 December 2021

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd COVID-19 vaccine, COMIRNATY, for use in individuals 5 years and older.

This decision follows the provisional approvals granted by the TGA to Pfizer for the use of COMIRNATY in individuals 12 years and older on 22 July 2021 and the booster dose for use in adults 18 years and older on 26 October 2021.

As for other age groups, the use of this vaccine in children aged 5-11 years should be given in two doses at least 3 weeks apart. However, a lower dose (10 micrograms) will be given to children aged 5-11 years, compared to that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). To deliver the smaller dose, a different orange-capped vial will be used to vaccinate children. It will be clearly differentiated from the product currently used to vaccinate those 12 years and older.

In making this regulatory decision, the TGA carefully considered data from clinical trials conducted in the United States, Finland, Poland and Spain which included participants 5 to 11 years of age. The study demonstrated effectiveness by showing that the immune response to the vaccine in children was similar to that seen in older age groups.

Clinical trials also showed that the safety profile in children is similar to that seen in adults with the observed side effects being mild. The most frequent adverse events seen in clinical trials in children aged 5-11 years were injection site pain, fatigue, headache, injection site redness and swelling, muscle pain and chills.

Further advice on the rollout of COMIRNATY to this age group will be provided to Government by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Provisional approval of this vaccine is valid for two years and means it can now be legally supplied in Australia. The approval is subject to certain strict conditions, such as the requirement for Pfizer to continue providing information to the TGA on longer term efficacy and safety from ongoing clinical trials and post-market assessment.

Australians can be confident that the TGA's review process of this vaccine was rigorous and of the highest standard. The decision to provisionally approve the vaccine was also informed by expert advice from the Advisory Committee on Vaccines (ACV), an independent committee with expertise in scientific, medical and clinical fields including consumer representation.

The TGA will continue to actively monitor the safety of the vaccine in children and adults both in Australia and overseas and will not hesitate to take action if safety concerns are identified. As an extra check, the TGA laboratories will undertake batch assessment of each batch of the vaccine before it can be supplied in Australia.

The TGA will publish the Australian Public Assessment Report for this decision in the coming days.