Who needs the presumption of innocence when you can have guilt by association?
I have been quite appalled by the Australian Labor Party's cowardly stance with respect to the Mohamed Haneef case in particular, and the question of Australia's draconian anti-terror laws in general.
Nothing that has been published, including the 142 page transcript of Haneef's first interview with police, lends any weight to the charge that this man is a terrorist who represents a danger to the Australian people. Yet his economic life has been destroyed and his liberty denied.
On the other hand, we are witnessing a government who is asserting its right to deny natural justice to whom ever it pleases in the name of political expediency. And worse, we have an Opposition which gladly connives with the government in the name of denying them a wedge issue.
These acts by our political leaders, not the passing of a SIM between family members in the dim-dark past, are a dire threat to Australia's democratic values.
Make no mistake. A firm wedge has been placed. It is a wedge between the political mainstream and questions of principle and natural justice.
Through its actions, the Australian Labor Party has placed itself firmly on the wrong side of the wedge.
It does not deserve and will not receive my preference in the forth coming national election.