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While academics fuss and fret over planned industrial law changes, workers themselves are urging a tougher approach to wayward employees:

Scores of factory workers say they don’t want to work alongside the thugs who bashed cameramen outside a court where nine men were facing terrorism charges.

Three of five men who savagely beat a Channel 7 cameraman and hit a Herald Sun photographer outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday work at the Safeway distribution centre in Broadmeadows.

The centre, which employs more than 500 workers, has twice been brought to a standstill this week as management tries to ease rising tensions.

The company is standing up for the bashers:

At a crisis meeting yesterday dayshift workers were warned they faced the sack if caught bullying or harassing the men.

But one angry worker told the Herald Sun he could not understand why parent company Woolworths was protecting them.

“We don’t want them here,” he said. “Not all Muslims are terrorists, we know that. But beating up television crews … that’s just un-Australian.

“This is the country I love … the company needs to take a stance to protect us.”

Police vowed to track down the five goons. That was on Wednesday. By Friday, nothing had happened:

Staff at the Safeway distribution centre contacted Crimestoppers yesterday, urging authorities to arrest three co-workers as they arrived for duty.

The three were allegedly part of a group of five men who savagely bashed a Channel 7 cameraman and hit a Herald Sun photographer outside Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The group was in court to support nine men facing terrorism charges.

“But it looks like nothing is going to happen to these guys,” one disgruntled worker said yesterday. “They came back to work laughing all the way to the bank. It’s a disgrace.”

Police were quicker to act last year when a Richmond fan was filmed spitting at players.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/13/2005 at 08:15 AM
    1. We shall see whether Sheikh Mohammed Omran is right about equality of treatment for Australian Muslims.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 11 13 at 09:40 AM • permalink


    1. I simply refuse to believe that these guys won’t be charged. I don’t know why it’s taking so long to do so, but if the media has tracked down their place of employment, surely the startling detection prowess* of the Victorian Police service has turned up their identities.

      I’m sure arrest warrants are in the pipeline. I’m sure. If they aren’t, the people of Victoria have some extremely serious questions to ask the law enforcement agencies they’re funding.

      *that is, an ability to work the Crimestoppers switchboard

      Posted by James Waterton on 2005 11 13 at 09:56 AM • permalink


    1. Unbelievable.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 11 13 at 11:25 AM • permalink


    1. It’s hard to think that there would be any Australian state law enforcement office that would not arrest men who beat a cameraman and hit another photographer. To fail to do so would be seen as a kind of “Frenching.” If you “French” wrongdoers you are leaving them alone hoping they will just be nice and not hit people anymore. The old meaning of French, used as a verb or participle, is being replaced by this new definition.

      The original name for tonguing has been changed. It is now called, “Dutching.” Not as pleasing to the ear as Frenching, but the alternatives were even worse: Italianing, Germaning, Spaining, Japaning. See? Not as good.

      Posted by ekw on 2005 11 13 at 11:56 AM • permalink


    1. Some in France describe the intifada as “civil disobediance.”  What Australia needs to do is find out which government official called the Safeway workers “scum” and punish him.  Stop the ill-treatment of violent Muslims in Oz.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 11 13 at 11:57 AM • permalink


    1. ioxymoron — The best euphemism about the Car-B-Q Intifada I saw was the AP’s “Civil Mayhem Erupts…”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 13 at 12:56 PM • permalink


    1. Just a thought – There may be higher authorities advising that as friends of the accused terrorists, they are of more use left on the street for the time being, than locked up for bashing a couple of journos.

      They strike me as stupid enough to dig a deep hole for themselves.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2005 11 13 at 05:58 PM • permalink


    1. It depends on whether the victim of the assault has made a formal complaint. No complaint no charge. If he did make a complaint then yes, you would have hoped that they would have taken action by now.

      Posted by Skip on 2005 11 13 at 05:59 PM • permalink


    1. Victoria always has been a state full of lefty pussies.

      Posted by HisHineness on 2005 11 13 at 06:25 PM • permalink


    1. Am I paranoid or is there something wrong with having people that might like to see Australians die working around bulk food supplies we eat?

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 11 13 at 07:38 PM • permalink


    1. Richard,
      The mayhem sounds pretty uncivil to me.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2005 11 13 at 07:59 PM • permalink


    1. Publish online

      Their NAMES
      and any other contact details you think they might “need” then put them on a sign with a picture of the three islamothugs hitting the cameramen.

      Hold it outside a police station with another sign saying the number of days the police have refused to do their job.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 11 13 at 08:09 PM • permalink


    1. Slatts has been calling for a boycott of woolies or safeway until it sacks these bozos.

      Persoanlly, I don’t agree with that, on the basis that these hotheads have yet to be charged, let alone convicted. (you could also argue that they attacked journalists, anyway, and who here hasn’t had the urge to give a journo an quick head butt?:))

      You also don’t know if these guys are actually militants or were told that it was a conspiracy against muslims.  As more info has, and will come to light, they may realise that they reacted without knowing what the real story was, and are now embarrassed at their behaviour (note that this is probably an exceedingly generous interpretation of their motives).  We were all young once, and have done stupid things.

      Look at it from woolworths/safeway’s perspective: If they sack these bozos now they could be up for unfair dismissal.  You can just bet there is a lawyer salivating at the thought of the press attention that will accrue if they get to represent these idiots in such an action.

      Then again, if you are looking for a reason to boycott safeway, there is always the declining range of products on its shelves in favour of store brands.

      Posted by entropy on 2005 11 13 at 08:11 PM • permalink


    1. Just another example of the very attractive Commissionerette BIG Kev Nixon demonstrating her version of cultural sensitivity and political correctness.

      Posted by Lew on 2005 11 13 at 08:15 PM • permalink


    1. It was said that they were angry due to being picked on by members of the AFP within the Magistrates Court prior to being ejected. A friend of one of these lads rang into 3AW Sunday morning to say as much, no details though. Now I’d be willing to bet that the AFP guys had used terms for these mongrels that were not quite politically correct, probably a few “don’t f’ with us” style threats thrown across too, and if specifics were to get out our soft media would be jumping on them as racial vilifiers or some crap. Could the police be avoiding charging these scum because they’d like that prior incident to remain low key? Of course none of the above excuses beating the crap out of an innocent cameraman lawfully doing his job, but hey these are crazy times.

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 11 13 at 11:39 PM • permalink


    1. HC44, according to Melbourne Indymedia the cameraman brought it on himself.

      I did see a snippet on the late news over the weekend that Matt Rose was going to press charges, but don’t know the outcome.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2005 11 14 at 12:32 AM • permalink


    1. The moonbats sure are out in force over there Nilknarf, good to see this Nazihunter dude is putting them away, e.g.

      by Nazihunter Wednesday November 09, 2005 at 04:38 PM

      Perhaps he should learn to mind his own business or ask if he can take pictures of people next time?

      I hope these guys never attend a wedding. Otherwise the photographer is likely to get decked and then be kicked whilst on the ground. You know, for not asking permission to photograph them.

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 11 14 at 01:06 AM • permalink


    1. And they don’t want a backlash against muslims?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 11 14 at 07:06 AM • permalink


    1. What a useless pack of no-hopers the Victorian wallopers are.
      I hope the more sensible ones are cringing in embarassment after an assault filmed and seen around the world, letters to the editor identifying the thugs and still no arrests!

      Pathetic PC grovelling to a pack of louts, who should have been clapped in handcuffs within seconds of the violence outside the court.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2005 11 14 at 09:23 AM • permalink


    1. Hey, they came good! “Brawl accused face court”

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 11 15 at 12:49 AM • permalink


    1. Heartening.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 11 15 at 06:31 AM • permalink


    1. About bloody time!

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2005 11 16 at 06:35 AM • permalink


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