From Wikipedia: “Royal commissions are called to look into matters of great importance and usually controversy. These can be matters such as government structure, the treatment of minorities, events of considerable public concern or economic questions.”
Things have gone beyond tolerable. Picked this up today on the letters page at The Australian:
It’s pretty clear that the US riots sparked by the death of George Floyd have been hijacked by radical groups. US Attorney-General William Barr has sheeted much of the violence home to Antifa and its bunch of hard-left radicals. Far right groups are believed to be in the mix, too.
Listening to the ABC on Sunday you’d be in no doubt as to where the ABC came down on infiltration and mob violence: it’s almost entirely the work of the far right. The ABC interviewed one Andy Fleming, described as an “anti-fascist researcher”. He described the involvement of far right groups in the riots. Prompted on the involvement of Antifa and the left, he was strangely reticent.
Bemused by Fleming’s stance, I did a quick search and found out that there’s a little more to Fleming than the ABC suggested.
It seems that mystery man Fleming is “an Australian anarcho-communist journalist, academic and activist”. It’s pretty poor form that the ABC didn’t inform listeners of Fleming’s allegiances.
The ABC no longer represents anything other than a small smattering of far-left ignoramuses. Virtually no one any longer turns to the ABC for news, current events, documentaries or entertainment. It is a divisive institution filled with far-left ideologues which no longer serves any social purpose. It is a national embarrassment.
Make them justify their existence in front of a Royal Commission, if they can, which I doubt. And if they can’t, wind the place up.
As for Andy Fleming, this is what it says on Wikipedia, at least right now, until they try to hide the evidence:
Andy Fleming, also known as Slackbastard, is the pseudonym of an Australian anarcho-communist journalist, academic, and activist, known for his study of far-right parties and movements in Australia. He has written for Guardian Australia, New Matilda, and the Overland journal.
- Rydgren, J., Fleming, A., & Mondon, A. (2018). The Radical Right in Australia. In The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right.
- “Andy Fleming | The Guardian”. The Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- Gregoire, Paul (21 April 2018). “The Rise of Australian Neo-Nazis: An Interview with Online Activist Slackbastard”. Sydney Criminal Lawyers. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- “Andy Fleming Archives”. New Matilda. Retrieved 15 April2019.
- Fleming, Andy. “Andy Fleming”. Overland literary journal. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- Groom, Nelson (23 April 2014). “This Guy Has Been Trolling Neo-Nazis for Nearly a Decade”. Vice. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- Fleming, Andy (20 October 2015). “The UPF and Reclaim Australia aren’t ‘concerned parents’ or a bad joke | Andy Fleming”. The Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- “FACT CHECK: Did ‘Melbourne Antifa’ Claim Responsibility for the Las Vegas Massacre?”. Snopes.com. Retrieved 15 April2019.
- “The doxxing ring”. Honi Soit. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
- McKenzie-Murray, Martin. “Hunting Australia’s neo-Nazis”. The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
Seems par for the ABC course.