from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
With the Federal elections coming up, Labor people are getting arrested, are resigning or are denying any criminal wrong-doings with confusing frequency. New names springing up and the party of the working class (forgive the stale joke) purged itself of some socialist lawyers and replaced them with new ones.
Gillard’s crocodile tears on television almost certainly mean that Nicola Roxon did not jump, but was pushed. The reason probably was so badly drafted Anti-Freedom of Speech law that even some leftists were obliged to object.
From many opinions of comrade Roxon I selected a more charitable one:
“Roxon’s performance as Attorney General was one of the most shameful in this country’s history. In just a few short months, she managed to interfere disgracefully in the Slipper case and draft a diabolical piece of legislation which, if passed in the way she intended, would have effectively shut down freedom of speech in Australia. Roxon has shown no regard for due process of law and no understanding of, or respect for, principles such as freedom of expression.
Roxon belongs to a joyless, hateful tradition of government interference in everyday human life. She comes from a class of people who believe with utter simplicity and conviction that they really do know what is best for everyone else, and heaven help us if we dare cross them. Every citizen of this country should be rejoicing, not only to see her step down as Attorney General, but because she is leaving politics altogether.” [Quadrant Philippa Marthyr – Rodents overboard!]
Mark Alfred Dreyfus QC MP (born 3 October 1956 in Perth, Western Australia), an Australian lawyer and politician, is the member for the House of Representatives seat of Isaacs, Victoria, representing the Australian Labor Party, since the 2007 federal election. Dreyfus will be sworn in as Attorney-General on the 4 February 2013.
Dreyfus was born in Perth, the son of George Dreyfus, a noted composer who came to Australia as a refugee from Nazi Germany. Dreyfus was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and the University of Melbourne and holds degrees in Arts and Law, becoming a lawyer in 1982 and a barrister in 1987.
He was a ministerial staffer, advising Jim Kennan the Victorian Attorney-General and Planning Minister, for two years in the 1980s.
… He was one of the top defamation lawyers in Victoria, representing some of the state’s large media businesses. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999 by Attorney-General Rob Hulls. He was a director of the Law Council of Australia and the Vice-Chair of the Victorian Bar.
Dreyfus frequently represented the Labor Opposition in court cases on Freedom of Information and other cases throughout the 1990s. In one case, he represented the ALP in attempting to unseat Liberal MP Bruce Atkinson who faced allegations of moon-lighting. An active ALP member, he was asked by the Party to investigate branch stacking and to write recommendations about how they might combat it. The resulting Dreyfus Report proposed sweeping measures to combat improper practices which were substantially implemented, imposing caps on the number of members who could be recruited at individual meetings and other restrictions on multiple recruiting. Some faction leaders including the Left’s Kim Carr and the Right’s Stephen Conroy initially strongly opposed the Dreyfus Report and its recommendations. Ultimately the Dreyfus reforms with slight modification were adopted unanimously by the Victorian ALP State Conference in 1998.
More recently Dreyfus has represented Aboriginal plaintiffs in cases relating to Stolen Generation claims. He also represented environmentalists sued by Tasmanian timber company Gunns for campaigning against and damaging them. He was a National Editorial Board member of the Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council.
In March 2006 Dreyfus successfully challenged the sitting Labor member for Isaacs, Ann Corcoran, for the right to contest the 2007 election. Although Corcoran won a majority of votes in the local ballot, Dreyfus, a member of the Labor Unity faction, had a large majority of supporters on the party’s Public Office Selection Committee, and thus won the overall vote. Ironically, in his 1998 Dreyfus report, Mr Dreyfus stated: ‘Membership makes a party, not the other way around. Labor is, or should be, people—not vehicle, not structure, not hierarchy.’ …
In September 2010 Dreyfus was appointed as Cabinet Secretary as well as Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in the Second Gillard Ministry. Dreyfus took on additional responsibilities in December 2011 when he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation.
In March 2011 he described the campaign by Tony Abbott against the Carbon Tax as Nazi propaganda.
In August 2011 he was accused of calling Sophie Mirabella a “bitch” in parliament. He denied the accusation although he did withdraw for an unparliamentary remark at the time.
I mean her, not us, the citizens, for an incompetent totalitarian was replaced by a more able one and we now will get a more insidious version of the “shut-up-your-face” law. Gillard and all Labor knows that if they are to get re-elected they have to silence the dissent completely. They can not give up, as even their practically total control of Australian main stream media may not be enough.