If the truth were known, the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain …

Comment on It’s official, the dingo did take and kill Azaria Chamberlain: Coroner by John Bell.

If the truth were known, the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain in August 1981 and the howls of indignation and outrage over Lindy’s claim that a dingo took her baby marked the official arrival of Political Correctness in the Land Down Under. Or at least in the Red Desert.
The culture of victimhood in the feral outback world had arrived. Dingo as victim, enshrined in public opinion by conservationists, animal lovers, inner city urban Green latte sippers and those generally with an axe to grind against the Chamberlains for whatever reasons.
The media hysteria that made this our most infamous murder case also sent Lindy to prison in a flood of righteous condemnation that is a characteristic of the PC Brigade.
The date of Azaria’s disappearance should be declared National PC Day.
Fortunately, the PC Brigade did not get around to erecting a statue to their Victim Hero Dingo.
It saves them the angst of now protecting it from the anti-PC Brigade’s graffiti and calls to tear it down.
The Myth of Dingo As Victim, yet another casualty of the Culture Wars.

Recent Comments by John Bell

Elkedra jackaroo: station life in the 1950s
The Driver name was perpetuated on the footy field in Alice in the 70s. Richard Jabaldjarri Driver from Warrabri was our gun full forward during the 1972 season for Feds.
Tall and rangy, a great overhead mark and a deadly accurate boot, Richard was a leading CAFL goalkicker that year. On the Friday night before the preliminary final, Richard got into an altercation with the constabulary in Todd Street and spent the night in the lock up.
Next morning on release he did a runner back to Ali Curung.
We were tipped off by the footy-loving constabulary so with captain Ave Millard and Fizzer we screamed up the highway to track him down. Search at Ali Curung was fruitless.
Informed Richard was “out bush’\”. We lost the prelim to Souths by less than a goal next day. Gun full forward tragically missed.


Can Jacinta Price sit in Town Council and Federal Parliament?
Warren Snowdon, a white native Canberran, was flown in to the NT with the full weight of the Labor machine on Capital Hill to cement him in the remote Aboriginal electorate which Labor cultivated in the Whitlam era.
I find it worrying that Labor has not produced an Aboriginal Territorian in all those years to replace an urban white man. I give full marks to local product Jacinta and her platform, regardless of whether she is Labor or Liberal.


Genocide in Australia – unthinkable?
This book review is a tribute to Dick Kimber’s meticulous fairness and integrity. While Professor Tatz presents contentious ideas and propositions, Dick Kimber is a scholar of impeccable honesty who treats every study – and every person – with due consideration and dignity.


Rampaging kids: Dale Wakefield drops the ball
Rampaging kids in the Alice. Rampaging gangs of teenagers “of African appearance” across parts of Melbourne.
The latest incidents down here in Mexico are getting pretty frightening. Trashing houses, wielding machetes, dragging old people from their beds and forcing them to hand over valuables.
A lenient juvenile justice system here is soft peddling on repeat offenders who re-offend while on bail in the hope they will be rehabilitated. A constant philosophical battle between advocates of zero tolerance and youth compassion. Hardline or handouts?
Until the debate is resolved, most middle of the road ordinary punters lock their doors and zip their lips for fear of being accused of racism or lacking in cultural diversity tolerance.
It is not a happy situation in the welfare suburbs of Melbourne … or the Alice … for potential victims of growing violence, or indeed for the parents of the young hooligans who are not too many steps away from criminal adulthood. Who has the answer?


Man in a hurry, surrounded by people who were not
“This an-idea-a-minute activist could call on friends in high and low places to get things going. Keeping them going was another story.”
Yes. That sums up the character that was Tracker, first known as Brucey on the footy field at Traeger in the 1970s.
In and out of the play on game day. Did some useful things. Quiet for extended periods of play. As in footy, as in life, like the vast majority of us sports types from the Boomer generation.


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