It just may be that this whole ultra-obscure saga (about events which in themselves matter about as much to the welfare of the nation in 2012 as whether or not Tony Abbott had herpes in 1985) could take a turn not entirely in Julia’s favour today – or so the muckrakers known as The Opposition hope. See Gillard gave ‘false representation’ to commission: Abbott – though I still don’t really care all that much.
That one was a little vent of my own based on yesterday’s episode of Home and Away – sorry, Question Time. Indeed Bob Katter and Tony Windsor were probably the only exemplars yesterday of a genuine use of Question Time which was otherwise the ongoing bunfight or patent Dorothy Dixers….
Some have been mean enough to cast aspersions of a more telling nature against the lovely Julie – telling her to get into the naughty corner. Anyone else remember that one?
The Telegraph 18 November 2012:
Lawyer Peter Gordon told Australian Doctor magazine in 2007: "We had to fight even for the right of dying cancer victims to get a speedy trial. I recall sitting in the WA Supreme Court in an interlocutory hearing for the test cases involving Wittenoom miners Mr Peter Heys and Mr Tim Barrow. CSR was represented by Ms Julie Bishop (then Julie Gillon). (She) was rhetorically asking the court why workers should be entitled to jump court queues just because they were dying."
Here is an incomplete list from Wikipedia: List of Australian politicians convicted of crimes. Its incompleteness was attested by a Sydney lawyer on my Facebook page just a few minutes ago: “In NSW, there’s Philip Smiles, Liberal, tax offences and Thomas Ley, National, murder, although technically he was not guilty by reason of insanity.” Just mentioning these for the sake of “compare and contrast.”
The Libs must be keeping an eye on ICAC here in NSW too, even if at the moment the Obeid clan dominate the news from that body.
And reading that story was a tad more difficult than it should have been:
I refer to The Hobbit ad, of course. I couldn’t find its kill button. Could you? And if there isn’t one, what a bad idea!