Who Cares If Schapelle Corby Is Released On Parole?

FRANKLY — and there’s no need to be diplomatic about this — who cares if Schapelle Corby is released on parole from an Indonesian prison? A convicted drug smuggler who tried to implicate many, many others in her crime, and who has cost the Australian taxpayer dearly in her demands on government resources, is a criminal, not a hero. Her release demands raised eyebrows, not celebration, and Corby should be treated with the contempt she deserves.

I’m not going to apologise for the fact that I couldn’t care less about Schapelle Corby; the stupid woman is lucky to even be alive.

Her arrest in 2004 and subsequent conviction on charges of attempting to smuggle 4.2kg of marijuana into Indonesia, hidden in her boogie board bag, was newsworthy at the time in my view purely on account of the fact she represented the latest in a long line of Australians who tried to do the wrong thing in a foreign country and got caught.

In the course of her trial — and during the years after the event — Corby lashed out and tried, and failed, to implicate Qantas, the Australian Customs Service, the Australian Federal Police, and other individuals and agencies in a desperate attempt to deflect blame from herself.

And whilst she may still maintain her innocence, nobody — apart from her family — has uttered a syllable to suggest she was wrongly convicted.

This case alone is evidence enough of the merit in proclamations from the Abbott government that if Australian citizens get themselves into trouble overseas, there is a limit to how much assistance will be forthcoming from the Commonwealth: government efforts on Corby’s behalf have cost hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars over the past ten years, and that money would be better spent delivering services to law-abiding citizens, cutting taxes, or in the post-ALP era, repaying government debt.

Any idiot knows (and I use the term advisedly) that to take drugs into most south-east Asian countries is to invite a death sentence. That is the law in countries where trafficking drugs is a capital offence. Corby, with her 4.2kg stash of dope, clearly wasn’t bringing in a couple of joints to while away her time on the beach.

It is unfortunate, if it is true, that Corby developed complex and deep-seated psychiatric problems during her incarceration at Indonesia’s notorious Kerobokan Prison, and it is to be hoped that she received treatment for these problems and continues to do so.

But the point must be made that any adverse consequences Corby has suffered during her time in jail are the result of her crime, not the fact she was punished for it: to listen to much of what the Corby family and their advocates have had to say over the years, anyone would think the act of punishment itself was some kind of injustice that they should not have been forced to deign to tolerate.

“Almost 10 yeas she has lived here. One and a half years for parole,” sister Mercedes Corby told the media pack outside the prison earlier today, as if this statement itself was some kind of damnation on the fact her sister was punished for a crime she committed, to which I simply say — again — that Schapelle Corby is lucky she didn’t pay for her actions with her life.

There is nothing wrong with a collegiate spirit of national unity and a sense we all stick together in this country; after all, Australians are remarkably fair and tolerant people — it’s one of our characteristics — and we do have a finely attuned sensitivity to injustices, especially when perpetrated against those within our midst.

But on any measure of decent standards it is impossible to feel any sympathy for Schapelle Corby; in the final analysis, she is a drug mule and an international criminal who was caught, tried and sentenced in accordance with the applicable law in Indonesia, where she was apprehended.

Significantly, there have been no allegations of undue cruelty levelled against Corby’s Indonesian captors by either her family or their representatives.

And if it is true that media outlets have jostled to win the right to shove million-dollar PR contracts in Corby’s face for the right to be “the first with the exclusive” of  the story of her time in prison, it is to be hoped that Attorney-General George Brandis SC moves swiftly, under proceeds of crime legislation, to confiscate the money and recoup some of the costs the taxpayers of this country have incurred on her behalf.

Who gives a rat’s rectum whether Corby is getting out of jail five years early? She is a criminal deserving scorn, not adulation.

She is a drug trafficker and an international felon, not a hero.

And the only potential positive from the sycophantic media attention Corby has received to date (and will continue to receive) is the prospect that if just one brainless young idiot looking to make fast money on Asian drug beats thinks twice about emulating the likes of Corby, the so-called Bali 9, or any of the other members of a shameful list of Australians caught and punished for trafficking illicit drugs in south-east Asia then perhaps the unbearable amount of coverage inflicted on the general public will have achieved something.

The imminent release of Schapelle Corby is newsworthy, but no more. Attempts to martyr her deserve to backfire. This is not a class act. This is not a fallen princess. This is one of the grubbier specimens our country has produced, who wasn’t as clever as she thought she was, and who failed to get away with doing the wrong thing.

And that — at the end of the day — is exactly as it should have been.


19 thoughts on “Who Cares If Schapelle Corby Is Released On Parole?

  1. Schapelle Corby is no saint and not the sort of person I would like to know well. She is cowardly and irresponsible, and apparently shameless. But she is also a victim of politics. She has been used as an example, like the Bali 9, to convey Indonesia’s stance of contempt for Australia and its values, especially its tolerance. While anything goes in Indonesia and the rest of South-east Asia when the authorities choose to turn a blind eye, these places will bring down the full weight of the law arbitrarily to make a point. Corby matters because she is a victim of posturing rather than a criminal dealt justice.

  2. It seems to me that in order to reach your conclusion, Yale, it must have been necessary to make the following assumptions:
    a) The Indonesian justice system, unlike the remainder of Indonesian society, is completely free of corruption, bribes and illogical thinking.
    b) Because of the assumption in (a) above, Corby got a fair trial, even though key pieces of evidence had been destroyed by the authorities and others considered inadmissible.
    c) There is no known history of corruption and collusion amidst Australian unions and the then ALP government. It is tacitly impossible that someone tampered with Corby’s luggage at Brisbane airport.
    d) The subsequent discovery that a virtual cartel of smuggling baggage handlers at Kingsford Smith airport has no relationship with the idea that Corby’s luggage may have been compromised.
    e) Because Corby’s family appears to be from the wrong side of the tracks, it is immaterial whether or not she did ten years’ time for something for which she might well be innocent.
    c) A sentence of twenty years for this crime, even if it were actually committed, is proportionally copacetic with sentences of a few months of a few years for terrorists who confess to bombing property and killing innocent people.

    In line with Greg Deane’s comment, it seems to me that investigation into this is an integral part of purging the Australian political system of union thuggery and buggery.

    • Now then karabar, I didn’t say anything about her family being from the wrong side of the tracks! That’s no more to the point than some of the other abuse I am copping from the pro-Corby lobby this morning.

      The point is that I’m not making judgements on the Indonesian legal system. At the end of the day, my comments are based on the fact she was convicted of a crime in a foreign jurisdiction and that she is now being treated like a rock star because she is being released.

      I know you’re not a crook karabar so don’t take this the wrong way, but some of those out and about today seem to think she should have been exonerated for no better reason than being an Australian citizen. It’s as brazen as that.

  3. This is the most hypocritical abuse of power I have ever in my life witnessed.
    Yale, I cannot agree with you that “nobody — apart from her family — has uttered a syllable to suggest she was wrongly convicted”, I , along with many others during the course of her trial and subsequent incarceration, have upheld that this unfortunate girl is indeed innocent.
    I applaud that she has finally been released and I do hope that any funds she may earn in the telling of her story will go, in some small way ,to helping her to rebuild her life.
    Other than ‘cheap’ holidays, I can’t fathom why Australians even continue to travel to this region.

    • Hypocritical abuse of power? By whom? Big statement with no substance to support it.

      You say she’s innocent – on what basis? Don’t blame the Feds or Customs – a thorough investigation was done at the time of Corby’s improbable claims, and no evidence supporting those claims was forthcoming. Further, Corby’s own (former) lawyer said that he fabricated the claims that baggage handlers put the drugs in the bag!! Corby is a convicted drug smuggler, and various members of her family (including her father) have a history of drug related offences. She took the fall on behalf of the family. She’s not a poor, unfortunate girl – she’s manipulative and a liar. Frankly I wish they’d thrown away the key.

      As to travel in Indonesia, it is a stunningly beautiful country, and the people are (by and large) wonderful. Much like any other country you visit.

      Unfortunately, we are now going to be plagued with ‘Schapelle this’ and ‘Schapelle that’ until the public finally get sick of her. Or she commits another drug offence.

  4. I have to totally disagree with you.
    Bali is awash with drugs, the whole place is totally full of drugs and corruption (police and government officials included)
    Since when is 9 years, or life a suitable punishment for smuggling marijuana? (I am a life long non drinker, non smoker, non drug user BTW)
    Even if she was totally guilty, the punishment is over the top to say the least, Murderers and rapists get less than what she got, now the question is…would you be so callous if she was your daughter or sister? I’ll bet not!!
    So all you are really displaying here is you are another self righteous, proud and callous hard hearted Aussie who only cares about himself and those that are like him and could not give a stuff about anyone else if they dont fit into your “worldview”.
    So at the end of the day, you have to live with yourself, and one day even someone as great as you may “fall from grace” (your current situation is not forever you know…just reminding you) and if that ever happens, then perhaps you may see things a little differently from your current “perfect self righteous ” view.

    • Hi RP-Man, the point here is that some will agree and others won’t, and it doesn’t surprise me that those who disagree (and/or are rabidly pro-Corby — not necessarily you) are the ones commenting).

      There is nothing callous in what i have said, although as I have just replied to another commenter, it is the rock star treatment being given to Corby by the media that is at the root of this article.

      Even so, the simple point is that the way things are in this country are not as they are elsewhere in the world. Asians hate drug crime to the point they like to kill those who perpetrate it. Corby has been punished by the standards of those who caught her — just as we do with foreign nationals who commit crimes in Australia.

      As for the rest of your comments, perhaps you should address the points raised in the article rather than running off on a tangent of abuse.

      • Thats assuming she is guilty!
        Many say she is not and have plenty of valid points to raise, I personally dont know, but she is entitled to the benefit of the doubt.
        As far as abuse to you goes…what do you call this.
        “Who gives a rat’s rectum whether Corby is getting out of jail five years early? She is a criminal deserving scorn, not adulation.”
        or this..
        “This is one of the grubbier specimens our country has produced”
        Now thats abuse!!…
        How do you know what she is, or if she is a definitely a criminal? you are not God, so dont pretend you can make any total judgement that is 100% correct.
        All I said is you are being self righteous (and you are, because .you dont know for sure wether she is guilty or not..so why say she deserves scorn and is a grubby specimen when she has already spent many years behind bars?)
        Then you try to accuse me of running off on a tangent of abuse simply because I said you are being self righteous and callous (and you are) and you have to live with yourself (and you do…so do we all)
        Further you make out like your article was mainly about the media treatment of her and somewhat impartial or whatever …the above quotes show clearly that your article was definitely not that…my wife liked your site, and she read them and said wow what a S$%%#t attitude this guy has, I didn’t realize he was like that.
        Point is…if she is guilty…she has more than paid for her crime, if not, well that’s a tragedy, in any case she doesn’t need a further set of “grub, deserves scorn” etc…comments from yourself, anymore than she needs media adulation or whatever else
        It boils down to this, its easy to see the faults in others and act as a judge, jury and executioner, but when someone points out our faults and assumptions we don’t like it one bit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously and then try to shift the emphasis off ourselves as quickly as possible.
        BUT I do agree with you about the media tho, perhaps you should have kept your article to that instead of the comments you made about who and what a grub she is (based on the same media info you are criticizing…unless you know her personally of course) ..but anyway.my TV is turned off.

        • Keeping a TV turned off is sometimes not a bad call…

          I’m not as closed-minded to the idea of Corby’s innocence as some might believe, but if people that way inclined have a case to put, then let them put it. I’m not averse to it forming part of the discussion on this site so long as nobody is defamed.

          Most of the negative side of the reaction I have received today (and not just directly through this site) has (generally) consisted — and I’m paraphrasing, not quoting — of accusations that I’m an arsehole, that Corby is innocent (just because people “know” with nothing to back the assertion) or a position that because she is Australian somehow she should have been exonerated.

          I’m a bit too tough to be moved by name-calling, but the rest of the defence of Corby seems to be that claims of her saintly and grievously wronged nature should simply stand unchallenged.

          In any case, it was the media circus that prompted my post, as I have already indicated, and as I pointed out in the article, if all that fawning press coverage induces a change of heart in some impressionable kid contemplating a quick buck on an Asian drug beat somewhere, then at least that would be a plus.

    • So what is a suitable sentence for smuggling marijuana??? And if your child was proven to be a drug smuggler, what would YOUR reaction be? Would you defend your child, knowing the destruction that drugs wreak on people’s lives?

      Pretty vicious response, and totally over the top. Grow a brain.

      • My children don’t smoke or deal drugs..
        If they did, I would have thought nine years (or whatever it was) rotting in a Bali jail was more than enough.
        As far as drugs wreaking destruction on peoples loves…I agree…but so does alcohol (even more so) whats your attitude to that? Do you drink?
        Should we perhaps close all the car parks that are situated outside Hotels and licensed restaurants? instead of watching politicians and adds going on and on on TV about dont “drink and Drive” when clearly those car parks are there to encourage people to do just that!!
        But thats just a small example of the type of hypocrisy that todays society fosters and we could argue endlessly about it, all you can do is try to set a good example yourself and live a clean life…and dont judge and scorn others based on media information.

  5. If Corby is innocent then it is a tragedy that she was convicted. If she is Guilty ( as she was found to be) then she deserved a jail sentence and has paid her dues. Whether guilty as charged or not she will proclaim her innocence til the day she dies , I’m sure .If she’s guilty there’s no value in fe$$ing up now is there??? She’ll no doubt do the talk show and Current Affair rounds make a few $$$$ then she’ll fade away and will be yesterday’s news.Unless of course she gets pregnant, cuts her hair, has a nose job , goes on welfare or has a fight with a neighbor and gives our pathetic A Current Affair a BIG story to report. Ho-Hum

  6. Clearly Yale you have not considered any view in making you comments but your own personal grievance at her getting her ten minutes of fame. Once out of jail, the media will eventually drop her. Her martyrdom is at an end and media will not continue to pay her when her story no longer sells advertising space. But consider that the payment thing is being promoted by the media in the first place, probably encouraged by lawyers who have no other way of being paid. However this is being played out the same as turning back the boats in making a great noise about it to ensure that the message gets through. Boats stop coming and kids stop getting caught smuggling drugs to Bali and instead support the local industry by buying their stuff there. You can’t catch less if there aren’t less doing it. So Indonesia has a win. It reminds me of Bloomberg,s successor stopping his policy of random frisking in New York because it was targeted at other than white Americans. Of course he got the other vote but if the policy dropped the crime rate by a huge margin then it follows that they targeted the right people who perforce must have been disposed towards crime and we should be able to talk about it openly not slither around it with weasel words. So my real point is that this lot of exchanges is a marvellous example of robust debate which is pretty rare. Once was possible in mainstream media but at least can still be had in a forum such as this.

  7. Schapelle Corby is a liar and a criminal who got caught in Indonesia and got what she deserved. She will get out of jail only because of the media attention and the continuous protests that the Corby family and others have made. The Indonesian justice system are just sick & tired of Corby & her family acting up all the time, and I believe they want Corby out of their sight. That’s why Corby is getting released from jail. Corby is lucky she didn’t get executed for her crime, simple as that. Corby is a criminal and her family are liars & cheats.

  8. There is no doubt that the media has had a feeding frenzy with the Corby saga & the people that read your blog have obviously been avid readers & believers of the crap that has been served up to them by all media forms. It is unfortunate that people have formed definite & unshaken beliefs into her innocence or guilt based on dramatized media reports. What does that say about Australians? We have changed & not for the better, we as a nation now seem to be an extremely gullible & shallow bunch of fools !!!!!!!!!
    My personal opinion and those expressed by your readers is nobody else’s business but mine &those of your readers and frankly if I want to hear or see what anyone else is thinking I’ll watch the idiot box………not bloody likely!!

    I agree with one point you made Yale, do as we do, turn off the TV or change stations when ever anything is broadcast about Corby and in that way everyone will be doing there bit to tell the media that we have had enough.

  9. Corby’s bodyboard bag was custom made in a way to hide the pot. I think that alone defeats the she is innocent lobby, but if you need more read Eamonn Duff’s book which outlines the Corby families drug trafficking links.

    • I don’t think anyone was saying she was innocent. But I think the penalty was severe, and maybe if she could have paid larger bribes it would have been less. I also think she was punished so harshly as a slap in the face to Australia. In restaurants and bars and on the beaches all over Bali it’s easy to but cannabis and the police will normally turn a blind eye, except when the Indonesian government wants to make a point.

      • I wasn’t suggesting that I had an opinion on whether she is innocent, but I was trying to make the point that she did not receive a fair trial. Since then I have found an article by Bolt dated 01 June 2005 entitled “Schapelle Corby’s conviction has unleashed a tide of vitriol, racism and tribal prejudice. We should be ashamed.”

        Bolta can usually back up his statements with facts. If that is the case, there was far more evidence at the trial than that of which I was aware. Apart from my opinion that no trial in an Indonesian court is fair, it would seem there was plenty of evidence for a conviction.

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