ABC embraces swindle; Compass a must

08 Jul


Yes, that header is a link. This is being shown, amidst considerable controversy, on Thursday night. Fortunately it is not being shown naked, but with a following panel discussion, which makes the package worth seeing. In the side-bar under Site News you will see a link to a very authoritative refutation of the major points raised in the documentary.

Tonight is possibly a much more worthwhile television experience, which no doubt will attract fewer viewers, though I would wish all Australians might see it: COMPASS: CRONULLA TO KOKODA:

At the height of the Cronulla race riots a 16-year old Muslim boy climbed the local RSL club’s flagpole and threw the Australian flag down to his mates. They spat and urinated on it before setting it ablaze. The boy, Ali Ammar, was charged and penalised for his actions, and later apologised. His remorse was real and so touched RSL State President Don Rowe he invited him to carry a flag at the ANZAC Day march. All hell broke loose for a second time. RSL members were outraged. The shock-jocks had a field day. The offer was withdrawn, but another remarkable plan was hatched to allow the boy to say sorry publicly and to experience first-hand why the Australian flag is so important for so many: Ali Ammar would walk across the legendary Kokoda track. Compass had exclusive access to follow Ali’s redemptive journey. This timely story touches on themes of national identity, religion and history.

Don’t miss it!


Watching it now… I’ll link you to the transcript as soon as it is available. It’s not going to work if we keep on hating each other — Ali. On all sides, Ali, on all sides… Good on the RSL in this case.

Tomorrow’s my birthday. As I came into the world in 1943 my father and uncle (after whom I am named) were both up in Papua…

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