Victims of bikie laws? You've gotta be joking
OH HOW funny it's been watching the mum and dad bikers playing the victim in the crackdown on the outlaw bikie bad boys.
Of course it's not just them, it's something we do in Australia.
As soon as there's big news, we join a frantic rush to associate ourselves with it by any tenuous link we can find.
We've certainly seen it in the bikie scenario though.
Folks who simply ride motorbikes (even dressed up in big, tough black) need to understand something - the real outlaw bikies don't like you. You are in no way related. You're not even friends.
If all the bikies you associate with are good, honest people, it simply proves the point.
The fact that you want to claim some sort of street credibility as a victim of the police is at best a little bit sad and at worst completely shameless.
But of course, it's not just the bikers.
Whenever there's a disaster, a fatal crash, a robbery, whatever, people are keen to be associated.
You see it on Facebook frequently: "This is really hurting me. My brother's friend's family is in the worst spot and we're doing all we can to help" - yeah, from 1000km away.
But of course they get all the comments and likes they're after - "thinking of you buddy".
My theory is that we've got it too good in Australia, so we're desperate for attention.
Sadly, it may take an unspeakable event to bring us out of our self-centred stupor.
We've been the lucky country for a very long time but something will eventually happen to change that.
Being a victim is never easy. It's not something you do from the comfort of your lounge room or a cafe for half an hour a day.
It's more than a collection of sentences that win you "likes" on facebook.
I remember hearing a man speak of the horrors of being plucked from a village and taken to join an army.
He was taught to kill as a child. He finally escaped and came to Australia.
His eyes suggested he'd been a true victim. He didn't want to be.
Sadly, there have been many victims of outlaw bikie gangs. The ones who have lost their sons and daughters to drugs, violence or a sinister underworld that drew them in and spat them out, shattered.
They live with pain every moment of every day.
Equally sadly, there are true victims of bushfires. Funny, thing though - they often don't say much. They just do what they need to do.
The time will eventually come when Australians know what it is to be true victims.
Will it be war? Will it be natural disaster as we've never known before? Will it be unemployment and poverty on an unheard of scale?
It's not something to look forward to.
For now, let's be real. Let's support the true victims around us. Let's put the focus where it belongs.