The Sunday before last, Gordon Crawford, the CEO of a five-truck Perth furniture removal company, sat down with his wife to make an unusual investment decision.
Gordon had just received an email from a mate telling him about the “Convoy of No Confidence”, a platoon of truckie convoys travelling from across the country to Canberra to call for a new election. A convoy was leaving Perth that Thursday. Did Gordon want to be a part of it?
Gordon and his wife sure had no confidence in the government. But were they disgusted enough with Labor it was worth them spending $10,000 for Gordon to take his truck on a four-and-a-bit day trek across the country?
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Most people only get one shot at being the target of a lynch mob. I’ve had two in a week.
Last week, Angry Anderson turned a passionate crowd of thousands against me for accurately reporting the number of people at the rally. Yesterday, it was Alan Jones’s turn.
First, let me clarify that at no point did I feel physically threatened. Even when I saw a dozen burly truck drivers marching towards me (with purpose and an escort of 10 cameras), once a few words were exchanged, I quickly realised they were all calm and reasonable people. Not the same could be said about everyone there.
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As the trucks thunder into Canberra, or try to, it appears they have been blocked somewhere short of Parliament House.
It’s not yet clear why they were blocked, but Alan Jones has just called it “the most disgraceful thing that has ever been done to democracy” and “a total corruption of the democratic process”. Meanwhile, Bronwyn Bishop said “we have a government that is not legitimate”.
With all due respect to Australia’s most popular broadcaster and one of our most senior politicians, those claims are way over the top. They simply don’t have the right to make them. But there are some people on the streets of Libya this morning who do.
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