Informant: Let’s try to keep the peace, whether | The Canberra Times


Last time I checked that we live in Australia – the country of “fair going” and “no worries”. Not the kind of place where people have publicly threatened our serving politicians, and their families, with violence. In recent weeks we have read about the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse for the alleged murder of protesters in the United States and the stabbing death of British MP David Amess. But today there was news that Victorian police had accused a man of allegedly urging protesters to bring guns to a rally to attack the state’s prime minister, who was hit closest to a home. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters today that intimidation had “no place” in public debate. “We are a civil, peaceful society. Where we have disagreements, we do not treat them with violence. There can be no tolerance for that,” he said. The prime minister also acknowledged that people were frustrated after two years of blockade and restrictions. Sure, frustration is a completely normal reaction, but using an improvised loop and puppet by Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews to try a mock execution to prove that frustration crosses a line. Andrews said yesterday that his wife and children had also been threatened and called the “terrible” behavior “possibly criminal”. We’ve all experienced the twist over the last two years and it’s fair to say that some have had it worse than others – especially in Melbourne, the world’s most locked city. But freedom is already visible. Well, for the nearly 90 percent of Victorians who are fully vaccinated anyway. Andrews announced extensive changes to the state’s COVID restrictions this afternoon. Almost all restrictions will be lifted across the state starting at 23:59 tonight for those who received both stings. Victoria registered more than 1,000 new COVID cases today, but Andrews said the state will reach its 90 percent target this weekend. In NSW COVID cases rose again for the third day in a row, but numbers managed to stay below the 300 mark. However, all eyes in NSW are firmly planted on the William Tyrrell survey. Police revealed that ground-penetrating radar would be used on the garage’s concrete slab at the north NSW home, where William disappeared back in 2014. Another object found at another search site yesterday was also sent away for forensic analysis. However, the former leader of the investigation, Gary Jubelin, told 2GB radio that he was “frustrated” by claims made this week by the Police Commissioner that time had been wasted on the case. He said all possible scenarios around what might have happened to the three-year-old boy were being considered. Jubelin also warned the public not to make assumptions about the case. So now we are still waiting and hoping for a resolution. Did you know that you can receive this daily summary by email? Register here THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW:



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