Only this morning the news broke across the nation that the Australian Federal Police foiled a plan to attack our Parliament House, a plan which involved a series of motions that would see our Prime Minister killed.
It’s no secret that a lot of people across our country don’t like the man, with a poll on September 9 showing that 52% of voters do not approve of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister. I am 100% confident in voicing my own disapproval of the man. What I’m not confident about is some of the comments that were thrown around certain circles when the terrorist news broke this morning.
I was deeply saddened to hear a remark this morning of “Good” to describe the plans to kill our Prime Minister. “Good”. Such a simple, and likely thoughtless comment thrown at such a deeply motivated and powerful situation that has such big ramifications for the entire world… I don’t understand why people don’t think before they speak.
I know, on the surface, that whoever said the comment is very unlikely to truly want Tony Abbott to be the target of such a plot. Like the majority of us, perhaps they do truly want him removed from his position of PM. Removed from politics altether. But to wish someone else dead goes against every fibre of human nature that it truly saddens me, on every level of understanding.
Since ASIO increased the threat level in Australia earlier this week, there has been a big back-lash on Social Media saying that it’s only a political stunt to win favour for the PM, that they’re manufacturing a n artificial sense of worry and panic so that they, the Government, can be seen to be doing something useful for our society.
I don’t know if these terrorist plots that have now come to light within our nation’s boundaries will prove the nay-sayers wrong, or only add fuel to the fire, but I do struggle to see whether it matters. If there is even a slight threat that members of our nation- no matter which member, and no matter how they joined our country- if any member of our nation is threatened, then don’t we owe it to them, and to all of us, to alert each other, to educate each other, and to protect each other by any means possible?
I’m a staunch believer in globalisation. While I believe in the pride of belonging to one’s own nation, and to upholding that nation’s ideals and growing that nation’s culture, I do believe that we need to find our place in the world, where we can work with, not against, any other nation. Making stupid, throw away comments about our PM, has been taken to a new level and we need to stop.