Vince Kean, Murwillumbah
A Nationals MP has posted a threatening photo on a social media website. Why is he not in police custody? Had he been an Islamic from Sydney’s west he would already be incarcerated, interrogated and looking at a long holiday at her majesty’s pleasure. If we allow a plea that it was only a joke we must accept that defence from every nutter with a grudge against some social group or society in general, and an urge to grandstand.
Clearly, of course, it cannot be considered a joke. He obtained the photo specifically to make his social media post. It was not some act of impulsive stupidity. I doubt that he habitually carries around a portrait of himself with a gun extended in a threatening fashion. There was an element of premeditation and deliberation about the post.
Is he now on a federal police watch list? If not why not? His social media post is clearly an incitement to likeminded persons to commit a terrorist act. Does his status as a Nationals parliamentarian give him immunity from prosecution?