The decency of the Australian people has come to the front and centre again as Julia mourns the passing of her father. We can all relate to her loss and understand something of what it means.
The condemnation directed at the shock jock that used a Young Liberal function to make a crude and unjustified remark on this event has been rightly condemned by most of us. Not convincingly from the Abbott/Pyne attack dogs though but we've come to expect a complete lack of decency from them.
As to the (so-called) radio and media personality he is now expressing shock and dismay at the remarks directed at him some of which I've seen but none of them as extreme as the one's he quotes - I don't doubt that there have been some intemperate remarks made and I don't think that in a civil society we should encourage them.
Having said that neither do I think that Jones in his many years of broadcasting has been civil, a supporter of the truth or a good citizen. He has made his trademark the denial of self evident truth in the name of a populism that has been crude, self serving and in the service of those he wishes to ingratiate himself with. And he has managed to enrich himself along the way.
If all this noise, including the Murdoch scanda, leads to a better public discussion then some good will have come from what has so far been a sorry and grubby business - sadly though it will probably lead to more of the same with a gloss of self righteous justification on the top.