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December 2005

Cronulla (Part 4)

Two playlist files here of ABC coverage of the riots of the last few days.

Firstly, click here for a stream of five clips from the ABC television news from Monday and Tuesday. (I have selected the Windows Media Video broadband option for these - other options will be accessible for the next few days at least at the ABC News website.)

Cronulla (Part 3)

MALCOLM KERR, STATE MP FOR CRONULLA: Well, you go back to the core problem and ensure that people can go to the beach and to parks without being subjected to any antisocial behaviour.
JONATHAN HARLEY [7.30 Report, ABC-TV]: And what does that mean? For the people of Cronulla, what does 'antisocial' mean?

Cronulla (Part 2)

The following eyewitness account of Sunday's events appeared in Monday's subscriber email edition of Crikey. As at Tuesday morning it has not appeared on their website, and I have not seen it posted anywhere else. I take the statement in its opening paragraph as implicit permission to republish here. The author is Cronulla resident Benjamin Amy:

I've just returned home after spending six hours watching the disgusting afternoon unfold at Cronulla beach. I'm sending this to anyone that'll read it.

Cronulla (Part 1)

There's a lot of statements of the bleeding obvious I could make about the quite stomach-turning race riots in Cronulla (and in Maroubra, Brighton le-Sands, Woolooware, Tempe and Lakemba) over the past few days. While race-based rioting in indigenous ghettos is, sadly, nothing new, this gang versus gang warfare is nothing like anything seen in modern Australia. Just twenty kilometres from where I live. I'll say my bit on the issue further on. Race is an issue here, but not the central one. Nor is it just, as conservative political leaders have been saying, a law-and-order issue.

35 ton dulkar home page, 11 Dec 2005In the Saturday night gloom at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Vaas bowled to Tendulkar, who hit a single. Before another ball could be bowled, the umpires offered the light to the batsmen for the day and off they went. There's more to that ball and that run, however. It brought up the 100 for Sachin Tendulkar, his 35th in Test cricket.

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Great moments in parliamentary behaviour

It's not just a great moment in parliamentary behaviour, but a great moment in understated journalism, as the Press Trust of India began a wire report on Tuesday with the following:

Shiv Sena MLA Gulabrao Gawande created commotion in Maharashtra Assembly today by pouring kerosene on his clothes and trying to consume some poisonous substance to protest against, what he called, DF Government's "apathy" towards scores of suicides by debt-ridden farmers, an act resulting in his suspension for rest of Winter Session.