A report was handed down in Australia yesterday. Another report wasn’t.
The report looked at the death of a man who wanted to be Australian and the people who killed him, acting on behalf of all Australians.
The report that didn’t happen involved our best Aussie Rules footballer, Gary Ablett Jnr, not being cited for elbowing his Western Bulldogs opponent.
The Cornall report, prompted by a fatal bashing and other violence on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, will attract minimal public interest. The action occurred offshore, out of sight, out of mind, rather than during a televised sporting event.
The Ablett non-report will generate much discussion and many column centimetres. It will trigger allegations of bias in favour of the AFL’s reigning best and fairest player. Morons will boo the little champ each time he takes the field.
There’ll be little or no cat-calling about the asylum seekers being hit with much more than a stray elbow.
Fairfax journalist Tony Wright says it will take historians to appreciate the true significance of the Cornall report.
God help us if we have to wait for history to turn the spotlight to where it should be shining.