I’m not talking about a verbal or newspaper attack, a political attack or a funding cut. I mean that somebody threw a bomb out of a car at a group of people at the One Mile Community in Western Australia. Let me repeat that: someone threw a bomb at a group of people.
Thrown at civilians.
Four people were injured, one seriously.
In looking for news on this I couldn’t even find a mention of it in the Sydney Morning Herald online. SBS and the Australian have an identical 140 words of copy from Australian Associated Press. The Guardian Australian edition has roughly the same thing. ABC Online does marginally better with actual quotes and some details about what happened, but the report hasn’t been updated since yesterday. On the front page of the Australian online edition there are three headlines under the news category “The Nation”, the third reports that “A school south of Sydney has been put into lockdown after an 11-year-old student allegedly threatened a teacher with a pair of scissors.” As opposed to the FOUR people who were actually HURT by a BOMB that you have to search for if you want to see the report. If you Google “Broome attack” most of the hits relate to air raids in 1942.
Did any television stations manage to send a camera and a reporter? Did anyone see it on the news? I don’t watch tv news so maybe it was there, and I missed it. Perhaps someone can assure me that this led the evening bulletins? How is it possible that this isn’t screaming across the front pages of our newspapers?
I’ll guess. The attack took place Way Over There. The criminals were white. The victims were brown. There are times when this country is vile.