17 February, 2015. 15:00
ALEXUS CORBETT | Travel writer| Contact
Bali. The Australian holiday hotspot looks to experience a serious slump in tourism this Easter.
Indonesia’s imminent executions of Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran – two low level pawns in a Trans-Asian drug trafficking operation – has prompted a huge outcry in all forms of news media and politics.
However it is in social media where the biggest ripples are being felt.
With the #BringOurBoysHome, #IStandForMercy and #BoycottBali hashtags going viral, The Betoota Advocate can surprisingly reveal that the biggest users and supporters of the hashtag are those that live in the most “culturally insensitive” suburbs that Australia has to offer.
Funnily enough, while it is these same people that enjoy belittling the relaxed liquor licensing of South-East Asia, they also appear willing to oppose the barbaric senselessness that surrounds capital punishment. A positive turn-around for a demographic that are well-known for racism and far-right political opinions, particularly on social media.
Both Tiger Airlines and JetStar can confirm the claims that thousands of holidays to Bali have been cancelled in favour of going on holiday to the beach suburbs of New South Wales’ Central Coast or further north to Airlie Beach in far north Queensland..
The Betoota Advocate travelled to the NSW suburb of Macquarie Fields to cover this newfound attitude towards both drugs and tourism. Something that could prove devastating for Indonesian tourism.
One punter listlessly wandering the streets of the Western Sydney suburb proved that Australians will always have access to hard drugs.
The encounter suggested that heroin was still an issue in Australian suburbs regardless of whether low-tier drug traffickers were being executed at point blank range in a barbaric display of outdated “justice”.
*Helen, refused to answer the question regarding her upcoming travel plans – but was recorded asking our reporter for illicit substances in exchange for sexual services.
Another local, Bobby, has been going to Bali with his three kids and girlfriend for the last five years – but has stated that he has been motivated to change his Easter plans, instead opting to go to the central coast.
When asked where he going to go on holiday now, Bobby replied “Mate, I’ve made my share of mistakes. I’ve taken drugs, cheated, fought and stolen to get to the point where I now rent my own patch of land,”
“A good family holiday is an indicator of where you are in life. But if going to Bali means I’ll be in any way supporting a regime that suggests it is appropriate to murder my fellow man – then Bali can get fucked as far as I’m concerned ”
“I’ll probably head up the Coast. It’s shame cos’ we love going to ‘Indo’ to get fucked up on mushrooms and get in some culture – but we’ll just get a joint in Terrigal and get f**ked up there instead.”
The local Flight Centre at Macquarie Fields informed the Betoota Advocate that the central NSW suburb known as “The Entrance” was once again going to be the destination for families in the Western suburbs.
“I’ve booked out an entire caravan park in Wyong. Plenty of families are bringing their own grog, most of them won’t even go near the pubs. They just want to sit down on fold-out chairs and drink until they pass out. It really is the Australian Dream.”
Legitimate businesses in Australia’s coastal bogan hotspots are said to be nervous at the expected rise in tourists, however local drug dealers have been busy preparing for the expected trade boom.
Police in NSW’s Central Coast have admitted that they “are looking into it” however, with the rate of officers in the Central Coast already 300% above the national average, one might wonder just where the funds are going to come from to increase the numbers of police.