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Comment on Copping ‘mental and physical abuse’ on top of serving time: Dylan Voller’s evidence to the NT Royal Commission by John Bell.

In this age of Facebook and other powerful instant mass communication Royal Commissions are fast losing relevance to their original purpose.
The mass visual giving of evidence and the appearance of individual witnesses such as Dylan Voller become the centrepieces in a media circus which resembles episodes of Prisoners or Days of Our Lives and other emotive-based melodramas on our tellie screens.
In this viewing environment, individual characters are are given a certain popular image and the real issues are drowned in an impossible mix of sensationalistically reported alleged incidents and mini crises.
Commission recommendations and their future implementation end up running a long distant second place to the melodrama. Right now, the star character is Dylan Voller and the question on everyone’s lips is – will he be awarded $$ compensation and if so, how much?
He is already an anti-hero star with a generation of teenage would-be victims and rebels.
The tears will flow over vivid accounts of torture and the guards will be on the backfoot trying to defend themselves to a young viewing audience.
My gut feeling is that Royal Commissions are fast becoming little more than a lawyers’ paradise, jostling for viewer ratings in a goldfish bowl of instant entertainment.

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Post-Coronavirus, a return to a traditional annual community bonding sports day with free gate entry and open to the poorest sections of the community is a cost effective no-brainer.


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Vegan advocates such as PETA never seem to talk about this issue.


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@ Charlie Carter: I think we are at an impasse mate. I agree with you.
Nothing about the Coronavirus is good fun.
I just pray for Dr Zhengli, a wonderful brilliant research virologist who maintains her objective analytical professionalism quite fearlessly under serious threat from her oppressive government.
Let’s hope and pray that she can come up with the sequencing of the Wuhan Virus that nails the characteristics of the original three victims.
What a great woman! And let’s hope and pray that she and her work continues to receive support from the free world.


Pine Gap and Five Eyes: what did they know about COVID-19?
@ Charlie Carter: Thanks for your expertise in this field, mate.
Dr Zhengli (the Bat Woman of Yunnan) is arguably the foremost authority on any relationship there may or may not be between bats, SARs and Covid-19.
Her conclusion that the origin of the Wuhan Virus that infected the first three wet market victims suffered is as yet a mystery with unique sequencing characteristics is on the public record.
Until they are definitively identified, I would imagine that the jury will remain out.
Is that a logical conclusion to draw?


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