What will it take to stop this obsession?

 

WILL it take an innocent soul being hurt to jolt Extinction Rebellion activists out of their self-induced, selfish, irresponsible climate change obsession?

There are mounting fears that this crazy protest movement is about to enter uncharted waters.

These protests are increasingly becoming more toxic and aggressive. When protesters start engaging in extreme behaviour like hanging off the Story Bridge, gluing themselves to bridges and roads and God forbid - deploying drones within airport exclusion zones - it's time for the judiciary to act.


The co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, a UK chap named Roger Hallam, is currently in custody, refused bail after sending drones into the night sky in a vain attempt to bring Heathrow - the UK's biggest airport - to a standstill.

The judge will sentence him on October 14 and he faces a lengthy stint in jail.

Not so here in Australia.

The ER ringleader, Eric Herbert, appeared in court again yesterday after breaching his bail conditions, which includes a ban on him entering the CBD. He dressed as a clown. What else?

Activists from Extinction Rebellion participate in a protest in Brisbane on Tuesday. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt
Activists from Extinction Rebellion participate in a protest in Brisbane on Tuesday. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

Herbert was given another slap on the wrist, with no conviction recorded. I'll take evens he's out there again today.

This bloke needs to cool his heels in jail. He needs a conviction recorded so he can't travel overseas. If an ambulance is delayed or blocked from transporting a patient to a hospital with a life-threatening condition, the judiciary must act ­decisively. It's time they were subjected to the full force of the law. We shouldn't blame frustrated police.

It's lefty judicial figures that need a reality check.