Earlier today I published an observation about domestic violence and equality:
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:
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:
Gulpilil was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on 8 June 1987:
Here's an extract from the Terminations and Cancellations Ordinance for the Order of Australia, relevant to his subsequent criminal offending:
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.
Hold that thought!
Now compare and Contrast with Bettina Arndt's appointment in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.