Did the Chasers go too far - literally?
I was astonished to read the news on TV that the Chasers had a mock car event in the restricted zone flying a Canadian flag and they got through two checkpoints and were nearly to the hotel in which George W Bush was staying. Well, as anyone ought to know Canada is not in the zone!
APEC has 21 members. The word 'economies' is used to describe APEC members because the APEC cooperative process is predominantly concerned with trade and economic issues, with members engaging with one another as economic entities.
Australia Brunei Darussalam Canada Chile People's Republic of China Hong Kong, China Indonesia Japan Republic of Korea
Malaysia Mexico New Zealand Papua New Guinea Peru
Philippines Russia Singapore Chinese Taipei Thailand
United States Viet Nam
I don't know why USA are in and I don't know why India is not. Anyway, it's about power and money really, but many people want climate change and pollution on the agenda also. Budding Mr Rudd outclassed the others with his speech in Chinese and Mr Hu must have been happy. I'm not one of the protesters but I see responsible comment on the APEC as important. The urgency of selling uranium is appalling. It should stay in the ground anyway. I'm with Helen Caldicott on that one.
However, did the Chasers (ABC satirists) go too far? Larrikinism is part of the Australian way of life. The Chasers target men and women perceived to be in high places, taking the mickey out.... But this was really dangerous - someone could have been shot at. I don't think such a prank would have survived intact if it was staged in some other countries.