It is good news from Indonesia that the convicted drug mule Scott Rush has had in execution on appeal reduced to a life sentence. Two others of the group still have an execution sentence hanging over the heads. That's not a pun as Indonesia shoots them to death, not hangs them by the neck until they are dead. But Rush is the one media has focused on. The other two don't look so good through the lens and have foreign names.
But just in case you have forgotten, Rush was one of four mules who were caught taking drugs into Indonesia. Taking drugs into Indonesia is a curious thing itself. Why would you?
But that Rush was caught was an utter disgrace. His parents contacted the Australian Federal Police before he took that fateful trip and informed them of what their son was about to do. Did the police stop him? They did not and allowed him to be caught and sentenced to death in Indonesia for what would be a possession charge in Australia and dealt with leniently.
At the time Australian Federal Police was presided over by one Kevin Andrews. He is still in politics. I get personal when someone performs as badly as Andrews did. The hat upon his bald head is dyed a very bad colour. He made no apologies for his department's actions.
Did he learn any lesson. Oh no, he then went on to preside over the Haneef case and defend himself and his department to the bitter end against the indefensible. Kevin Andrews is a disgrace, as are many of the left over serving coalition politicians. Once Malcolm returns, I am sure he will get rid of them, starting with Andrews and Bill Heffernan.