It wasn't so long ago that Australia, like other countries such as the United States, had a whaling industry that employed many people, yet no one now calls for that trade to be revived.
It was an image that would not have been out of place in the sickly procession of pictures that came out of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay.
It is currently fashionable to blame the corrections system for high rates of Indigenous imprisonment and for destroying the childhood of those imprisoned. I take a different viewpoint.
In psychology we recognise at least five basic threats with the fear of extinction being the most prominent one.
The danger is that, in an effort to fight this growing plague, liberal democracies may end up giving up their fundamental values.
This is why every extremist group who fights for a deviant goal adds the word Islam to their name to seek legitimacy and to use it as a trap to drag the whole world into their agenda of denigrating Islam and Muslims by default.
Yet, it beggars belief that anybody would ascribe the actions of radical terrorists to every Muslim.
The aim is to serve coalition free market policies on banking and financial services, but without raising apprehension that the government will influence ASIC's judgment of what constitutes unfair treatment of consumers.
The Sydney Morning Herald also (separately) reported that over 250,000 healthy cats and dogs are destroyed in Australia every year because there are not enough homes for them.
The ‘crisis-breaker’ that a country needs at such times is a respected, independent head of state with the ability and authority to control and resolve any dysfunctional government situation.
Meanwhile, the principal architects of the crimes remain free in Indonesia, some of them still in positions of power. Several have run for President of Indonesia.
Tolerance is in the expanding list of pieties, but dissent is never mentioned. We no longer have debates. Instead, we are exhorted to engage in 'conversation'.