Someone didn’t like this Bondi mural about refugees, so they painted over it | ABC News

When Sydney artist Luke Cornish painted a mural at Bondi Beach, he never expected to spark a debate about free speech. The controversial painting of Border Force officers with the phrase :Not Welcome to Bondi” was his commentary on the treatment of asylum seekers. Some locals were offended and wanted it gone. Council wanted it to stay, but in the end a vandal had the final say.

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Someone didn’t like this Bondi mural about refugees, so they painted over it | ABC News


  1. Bob Marshall on 07/08/2019 at 9:24 am

    In a supposedly democratic country, perhaps someone should have asked the community before they painted “Welcome to Bondi”?
    I don’t have the right to speak for you and you don’t have the right to speak for me and take me for granted!

  2. Cooler Cooler on 07/08/2019 at 9:25 am

    Neither was a decent try at art anyway

  3. Martin Olminkhof on 07/08/2019 at 9:26 am

    white washed…?

  4. Mr Nobody on 07/08/2019 at 9:34 am

    lol yet ANOTHER load of bolocks in the world ffs ! WTF WAS UPSETTING ABOUT A PICTURE FFS ? Are there ANY real Aussies out there ffs this is a joke

    • Uninstall on 07/08/2019 at 9:51 am

      Mr Nobody So if someone painted ISIS flags everywhere you be cool with that?

    • Mr Nobody on 07/08/2019 at 10:06 am

      @Uninstall nope but as an ARTIST i see it different ! They were Assie Border Guards yeh ? Your in AUSTRAILIA FFS get over it or GET OUT your choice
      regards London ?

    • Uninstall on 07/08/2019 at 10:46 am

      Mr Nobody You spelt Autist wrong, I could tell based on your writing style.

  5. alexander sewinchowich on 07/08/2019 at 9:48 am


  6. Charlie Badge on 07/08/2019 at 10:03 am

    Make the wall a mirror….. reflect on that.

  7. SirPhoenix Knight on 07/08/2019 at 10:21 am

    how about depict the truth. Asylums come in white men Suicide themselves. statement of facts go nuts.

  8. justin Time on 07/08/2019 at 10:22 am


  9. trexx32 on 07/08/2019 at 10:28 am

    Those guys with guns are the only ones protecting your country from the hords of 3rd worlders that hate their host.

  10. Stephen Bachman on 07/08/2019 at 10:43 am

    People who go to the beach obviously don’t want to be greated by political messagers.

    Shocker. Who would off guessed.

    • Bubba Jones on 07/08/2019 at 11:01 am

      Radicals and fake news journalists would never have guessed.

    • Stephen Bachman on 07/08/2019 at 11:03 am

      @Bubba Jones seems so.

      Bondi is known for its swimming. A nice picture of a family enjoying the beach would be more appropriate.

  11. Bubba Jones on 07/08/2019 at 10:59 am

    Isn’t it illegal to use public property for political indoctrination?

  12. Libertus Primus on 07/08/2019 at 11:14 am

    So ppl committed suicide because we have border laws…

    And the artist just wanted to guilt ppl.

    Glad it was defaced. Stop trying to destroy our border laws and tell ppl to come here legally.

    • Shaun Moller on 07/08/2019 at 11:54 am

      it`s like folks saying “Tyranids are just looking for a place to feel safe”…… next min…..

  13. Pepito Bundao on 07/08/2019 at 11:18 am

    However paint it in blue like the sea and stop to paint political messages on public walls. Politic is like religion a private affair

    • Shaun Moller on 07/08/2019 at 11:48 am

      politics invades your life and is unethical. Religion is a choice.

    • jim22512251 on 07/08/2019 at 12:30 pm

      Politics is by definition public, not private

    • Shaun Moller on 07/08/2019 at 1:16 pm

      @jim22512251 maybe so, but reality is different. Politics say what some people “allow” you to do in your home, some people say you cannot defend your home, some people say how much of your money the government steals and how it will be spent, politics say who you can marry…… need I go on?

      politics is other people deciding how you live your life.

  14. Nils Mueller on 07/08/2019 at 11:35 am

    When I go to the beach I expect to relax, not be forced to take part in political propaganda

  15. Gerik Mirkujan on 07/08/2019 at 11:37 am

    LOL guys Sydney is 50% full of Asians and Muslims, you lost it already, RIP old good Australia

  16. Storm Bird on 07/08/2019 at 12:30 pm

    Can I please go to the beach and not suffer an activist!

    • issa osama on 07/08/2019 at 1:15 pm

      Dude you need to go back to school to learn some grammar ?

    • Benjamin Maynard on 07/08/2019 at 4:04 pm

      lol . oh how you suffer ! i truly pity you .

    • rowb early on 08/08/2019 at 9:32 am

      Poor you….look away or ignore it, you sook.

  17. Brian Cullen on 07/08/2019 at 12:40 pm

    Don’t be so arrogant, an artist isn’t the only person with an opinion. An artist’s does not own the concept of art, the community said no, the community made their own art.

    • Vesolar Light on 07/08/2019 at 1:42 pm

      The community voted for the council. The council voted yes. Therefore, the community voted yes.

    • MrLunithy on 07/08/2019 at 6:34 pm

      Well the tax payer’s had to get some thing from 16 billion spent xenophobia.

  18. Brian Cullen on 07/08/2019 at 12:41 pm

    Make the wall, … A wall?

  19. Lucifer Black on 07/08/2019 at 1:54 pm

    We really need a royal commission into councils ?
    Wasting taxpayers money on their own political agendas is criminal.

  20. Benjamin Maynard on 07/08/2019 at 4:02 pm

    “someone” … lol .

  21. Just Me. on 07/08/2019 at 4:34 pm

    Lol ?

  22. Crow29Darkness on 07/08/2019 at 4:37 pm

    Good on the vandal who defaced it! Leave your Political views out of public spaces. Asylum Seekers are illegal immigrants with some of them having criminal records & groping nurses who treat them. Asylum Seekers are not treated harshly go look at some of the images where they are having fun on beaches,eating Ice Cream. The mistreatment claim is mostly propaganda.

  23. Emma Herron on 07/08/2019 at 4:44 pm

    It’s not very good for tourists to see that sort of thing. That’s why they had it taken down.

  24. Crow29Darkness on 07/08/2019 at 4:45 pm

    If anything the mural should have a beach or underwater ocean theme. Not a political message.

  25. Imran Mazhar on 07/08/2019 at 8:21 pm

    Religious and political point of view should be private. Be respectful and decent don’t use public place for your nonsense opinions.

  26. Glenn Ratcliffe on 07/08/2019 at 10:31 pm

    I would of paintedtover that crap too.

  27. Barry Thomas on 07/08/2019 at 10:50 pm

    I hope it’s not WHITED OUT. Clever play on words 0:53

    • Autistic Space Fascism on 08/08/2019 at 8:18 am

      You’d think the left and right wing of politics could keep this as its a positive message for both

  28. Gary Groeneweg on 08/08/2019 at 3:38 am

    Mainstream political correctness – “I’m offended by freedom of expression”.

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