I am disgusted to hear that actor Geoffrey Rush has been refused the details of an accusation of 'inappropriate behaviour'. This has apparently left him accused and unable to defend himself except by denying a vague claim from a person unknown. He appears to have been denied natural justice by his accusers and by the newsmedia, which has sensationalised the little information it has been able to glean. Publishing this news without objecting to this manner of disclosure should be seen as defamation.
Rush is a credit to Australia and a fantastic actor. I cannot help wondering if he is being pursued by the media because he has had the guts to engage politically in defending residents and citizens' rights for Planning Backlash in its Marvellous Melbourne inauguration. Most 'stars' are too afraid of this kind of persecution to sincerely engage in politics and the world is poorer for their fear. Rush has shown courage.
It is particularly ironic that Rush is being unfairly characterised at this time because Melbournians are currently battling the same democracy-eating development monster but it has now grown absolutely frightening and we need high profile people to step forward and denounce what the Victorian Government is about to do.
In 2008 I wrote,