It’s always pretty tacky to speak ill of the dead and everything so I wasn’t going to blog about The Slimes suggestion that a memorial should be built for Corryn Rayney at Kings Park.
And yet I can not resist because honestly.
This is the thing now, is it? Whack up a memorial for anyone murdered in a public place? Or maybe just for murders that capture the public imagination? Perhaps we should limit these memorials to photogenic people killed in a way that makes good media, ideally with a family to give tell-all interviews to the papers about them.
Certainly I don’t see anyone suggesting we do anything to commemorate the Iraqi-born woman murdered in her kebab shop awhile back or the couple killed in a freeway collision the other week? People die all the time. People are killed all the time and people grieve for other people in the time. I mean what is the next logical step - are we going to erect a giant gold baby statue to honour the memory of the baby killed by the family dog? Is that baby’s death any more tragic than the random babies who don’t appear in the paper or on the news but who nevertheless die every year of illness or accident and leave grieving families behind?
Give me a break.