…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
One of the many obstacles ministers in democratic systems have to overcome are the inconvenient laws. Those of our forward looking leaders [Fog of Chaos – Forward people of the universe] covertly embracing totalitarian ideology i.e. Roxon, Gillard, Hanson-Young, Albanese et all and those not too covertly like Conroy, Milne,Wong and Rhiannon must be dreaming how much easier their life would be in Soviet Union. Sadly, for the rest of us, they may not need to dream for long – Brombergs, Finklesteins and most of the judiciary, abetted by our media are assiduously working to make their totalitarian dream a reality. In the meantime, our socialist ministers somehow have to get around the previous Acts of Parliament and some judicial decisions based on thereon. The most obvious, effective and time-tested way is to ignore them.
In fact, the practice is so old, that the English common law already in the thirteen century had to develop ways and means to deal with it. One was a writ of mandamus – A high prerogative writ which issued in the King’s name from the High Court of Justice on application to the King’s Bench Division, to some person or body to compel the performance of a public duty, where no other effective means of redress was available. In the early eighties, in the Whitlam/Murphy era most Australian jurisdictions replaced the writ of mandamus by weaker, more public-officials-friendly versions of the administrative law.
One also recalls the ancient and a more specific writ of scire facias, which was a writ founded upon some record, such as a judgement, directing the sheriff to warn the person against whom it was brought to show cause why the person bringing it should not have advantage of the record. In our enlightened times “the person bringing it” could be, say a Victorian company which was loosing $1/2 million a day because the responsible minister Bill Shorten refused to apply the law and enforce a Supreme Court judgment. [Herald Sun – CFMEU warns city blockade could return] This is just one out of many examples of the Federal Minister for Employment Honourable Shorten’s nonfeasance.
Unfortunately Shorten [Fog of Chaos – And the winner is…]is not short of support amongst the media and trade union apparatchicks. Even some ALP parliamentarians like him, so he may outlast that tragicomic double act of glib Gillard and rusty Rudd. Perhaps, not, if [Larry Pickering] * is right:
THE (DIS)HONOURABLE MEMBER, BILL SHORTEN:
I have always been wary of union thugs dressed in expensive suits, simulating respectability. Shorten is anything but respectable.
Touted as the next ALP Prime Minister, Bill Shorten would fill that role in true union tradition. As AWU National Secretary and board member of GetUp he looked uncomfortable haranguing workers on the virtues of Marxism through a megaphone. He was far more comfortable defending union corruption cosily from within the notorious Left wing law firm, Maurice Blackburn.
When he wrested the safe seat of Maribyrnong from the hapless sitting Member, Bob Sercombe, in the 2007 election he was expecting a front bench Ministry. Rudd refused. He promptly joined forces with Gillard and became the driving force behind Rudds knifing.
He was then widely tipped to challenge Gillard but she eventually forestalled him with his current Workplace Relations Ministry. Bill Shorten now treats Parliament as his own grubby playground. His inability to keep his dick in his trousers doesn’t daunt him.
An avid Collingwood fan (mmm, that may explain a few things) he told his wife at a home-and-away match that he was shooting through. He was off to marry his married mistress with two children, Chloe Bryce, the daughter of the current Governor General. He was also having it off with Nicola Roxon. Apparently that didn’t stop him shagging a 23 year-old Labor staffer. The word was the staffer was pregnant. Shorten denies the affair. (Oh dear…. yawn.)
As an official of the AWU in 1996, the Wilson/Gillard scandal was emerging. His response, according to an insider, was, …this will kill us, we need to keep a lid on this, yet another example of scant respect for AWU members stolen funds.
He has been extremely successful in keeping a lid on many scandals, including the HSU (East) branch and Craig Thomsons small time fraud. He has delayed Gillards demise by helping stack FWA and gagging whistleblower Kathy Jackson with a Ministerial sequestration Order.
But Shorten is unable to shield Michael Williamson (National President of the ALP until recently). Williamsons blatant theft of members funds amounts to $20 million. Keeping a lid on that amount is an ask too tall for even Shorten.
So the predictable report on FWA, that Shorten is announcing as I type this, is nothing more than his own report, with three sycophantic signatures on it. If Bill Shorten wants to become the next ALP leader, look no further. His CV is exemplary.
If Abbott ever decides on a Royal Commission into union corruption, Bill Shorten will need to shelve his Prime Ministerial ambitions and concentrate on the job at hand… selling pencils on the footpath outside Trades Hall.
In my humble opinion that is unlikely to happen. With all due respect to Pickering’s political perspicacity, firstly, a real Royal Commission into union corruption would need an independent judge to preside over it. See the problem? Secondly, the union leaders would go berserk and mount a vicious campaign of demonstrations, strikes and vile advertising to save themselves, for the corruption is their raison d’être. And thirdly, Abbott, pragmatic to the verge of dishonesty, would get Shorten out of the way via some ambassadorship. Comrade Shorten could be comparing power politics notes with Somali warlords in Mogadishu. That’s the best we can hope for. But we may as well dream of the return of the times, when judgments were enforced even against the political supporters of the ruling class.
*/ It could be just me, but I have problems when trying to get the Pickering’website. When a defamation action could misfire, use the public service hackers instead?