In part two of our Walkley nomination for the online category, we researched hard for a few weeks to come up with a list of martyrs whose death changes things and then two more frivolous efforts on famous drink drivers and sporting stars who got into a spot of off-field trouble.
Joan of Arc: died 1431. To say that the Middle Ages was a masculine world is like saying St Kilda could do better. Coming from a family of yokels, she became leader of the French. Joan was probably schizophrenic, with a fixation on preventing France being dominated by the English. She succeeded and of course was killed by her own supporters (cf. Gandhi, and a few others). And she did all this without a scriptwriter, press agent, or spin-doctor.
Geoffrey Street (Minister for the Army), James Fairbairn (Minister for Air) and Henry Gullett (Minister for Information) died in a plane crash in the early days of WWII causing restrictions to be placed on the number of ministers allowed to travel together.
Salvador Allende: Was socialist president of Chile from 1970-1973, when he was deposed by the US-backed General Augusto Pinochet who ruled through repression and fear for most of the next two decades. Allende was democratically elected and died when the army demanded Allende and his cabinet surrender, holed up as they were in the presidential palace. Although cabinet members fled, Allende refused and myth has him defending himself against the army with a rifle as they proceeded to pummel the palace with mortar fire.
Steve Biko: The South African Black Consciousness leader died whilst under police interrogation in September 1977, further discrediting Apartheid. Story the subject of Richard Attenborough’s “Cry Freedom”. Five police officers were later refused amnesty for killing Biko when SA’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission found they did not testify truthfully.
John Birch: American Baptist minister killed by Chinese Communists.His name was adopted by the ultraconservative John Birch Society which influenced US foreign and domestic policy in the ’50s.
David Brett: Tattooed English tourist who fell to his death from Ayers Rock. Investigating coppers found a jump suit close to Brett’s corpse, which proved to belong to Azaria Chamberlain. On the strength of this evidence, Lindy Chamberlain was freed from prison.
John Brown: Militant abolitionist killed in his raid on the Harpers Ferry, Virginia, arsenal, and whose death inspired others in the fight against Slavery.
Martin Bryant’s 35 victims lead to Australia introducing some of the best and toughest gun laws in the world.
Buddha: profound for millions of reasons.
Azaria Chamberlain: Gripped a nation for a decade and 20 years even generated a cheque book journalism sin from Fairfax’s Sun Herald.
Charles of England: when he was beheaded, it showed the whole of Europe that killing monarchs was an option and was a principle catalyst for the foundations of the modern world with the likes of the French and American revolutions; the unification of Italy and Germany and the like.
Jesus Christ: pretty obvious why.
Emma Christofferson: Emma died due to deep vein thrombosis in October 2000 after flying home to London after the Sydney Olympics. She’s the reason we now have to endure, even on the shortest domestic flights, annoying videos urging you to exercise.
Madame Curie: who died of radiation exposure because of her incredible work on the properties of radium. Her death showed that it had a delicious ability to kill and the rest, as they say, is history.
James Dean: The movies weren’t that great but his early death certainly immortalised the man.
Bob Dent: first person to die in the world’s first legal assisted suicide under Northern Territory Euthanasia Laws in 1996. Brought euthanasia debate to world wide attention.
Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen of India died recently but rose to prominence after she took revenge on those who raped her, and killed them. She went to jail in 1983 for her crimes, and then became a loved politician in 1996.
Princess Di. Did this cause the papparazzi to have a good look at themselves? We all remember where we were and no single death in Crikey’s life time has caused such a huge reaction.
Penny Easton: If that petition had not been produced would Carmen Lawrence now be leading the federal Labor Party rather than Kim Beazley.
Guy Fawkes: an early critic of the Parliamentary system, whose death is still commemorated in bizarre fashion, some 400 years after he was executed.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand: his assassination in Sarajevo pretty much kicked off world war I.
Anne Frank: Her diary is a tragic reminder of what ‘The Final Solution’ inflicted on a wide range of unfortunate children.
Carlo Giuliani: The 23yo Italian is seen as the first causality in the anti-capitalist anti-globalisation protests, after being shot and run over by Italian police, while taking part in demonstrations against the G8 meeting in Genoa.
Bobby Goldsmith: the first known Australian victim of AIDS in the early 1980s became an icon for public health and public education programs about safe sex in Australia, that led the world for clarity and effect and dramatically lowered the expected infected rate of HIV in Australia and saved thousands of lives.
Che Guevara: cliched but his grisly death in the Bolivian jungle inspired generations of revolutionaries from Central American rebels through to modern anti globalisation protestors.
John Henry: Quasi-factual US black hero who in 1870s out-dug a steam drill in a contest, but died in the attempt. In death he became a potent symbol of man’s doomed battle with the mechanised world.
Harold Holt: Former Australian PM who went for a swim at Portsea never to return. Only tragic accident afflicting an Australian political leader and also fuelled JFK-conspiracy theories about Chinese subs. His death indirectly led to Australia’s copping Gough Whitlam’s economic chaos which we’re still paying for.
Ned Kelly: ignorant lout who beat up a Chinese miner (by the unfortunate name of Ah Fook) and got away with it. Later responsible for the deaths of 3 Australian workers. Hanged November 1880. Subject of paintings by Sidney Nolan. Glorified as an Aussie hero by romantic idiots and the politically correct.
John F. Kennedy: Everyone has a story of where they were when JFK was gunned down. There are so many conspiracy theory’s floating around – was it the CIA, The Cubans, Aliens, the KGB or just a crazed loner?
Bobby Kennedy: The dream of recreating JFK’s Jacqui-coined Camelot was destroyed on June 5 1968 when he was assassinated in the lead up to the presidential election.
Warren Lanfranchi: without his death Roger Rogerson would just have been a naughty boy, the (OK, minor) changes in the NSW Police would not have happened, and the magnificent “Blue Murder” would never have been made. Ditto Sallyanne Huckstepp.
Martin Luther King Jr: Killed on April 4, 1968, two months before Bobby Kennedy. The civil rights movements and marches he led brought significant changes in the fabric of American life through his courage and sparked the conscience of a generation. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old around the world – who can forget “I have a dream…” delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.
Mary Jo Kopechne: (sic?) her death from probably drowning after canoodling Teddy Kennedy at Chappaquidick put paid to Ted’s aspirations of running for President.
Ivar Kreuger: Suicided in 1932 when his global Swedish match company, Svenska Tandsticks AB, faced bankruptcy during the Great Depression. Examination of Svenska’s books after Kreuger’s death indicated that the company was deeply shonky, helping establish (often unfairly) the deep suspicion towards big business which now exists worldwide. In 1980 Svenska Tandsticks AB changed its name to Swedish Match. You can see their name on your box of Redheads.
Nkosi Johnson: young boy who became the human face of the suffering caused by the AIDS epidemic in Africa
John Lennon: just because everyone remembers where they were.
Abraham Lincoln: one of the great American leaders cut down in his prime.
Albino Luciani: Pope John Paul 1 died unexpectedly on 28 Sep 1978 after serving only 33 days as Pope John Paul I. Makes way for Karol Jozef Wojtyla to become John Paul II. Wojtyla’s conservative papacy slowly reverses many of the liberal reforms of Vactian II, effecting millions of Catholics worldwide.
Timothy McVeigh: The Oklahoma bomber’s execution gave America its sharpest wake up call for many a year about the death penalty.
Sharon Christa McAuliffe: On Jan 8th 1986, US Space Shuttle Challenger on flight STS-51-L explodes 73 seconds into its flight killing this 37 year old school teacher and six others. Shuttle flights halted for two years. Faith in technology given a severe dent.
Donald McKay: The anti-drugs campaigner from Griffith was murdered in 1977 by the Mafia and the death reverberated for years.
Bertie Milliner: The ALP senator who died in 1975 was replaced with Pat Field by Joh Bjelke-Petersen, thus giving the conservative parties the numbers to block the Whitlam Budget in the Senate, which brought on Australia’s greatest constitutional crisis.
Mozart: his early death set the standard for enfant-terrible live-fast-die-young musicians from then to Kurt Cobain. Also, had he not died young there would have been much less music left to compose.
Marilyn Munroe: because of her links with the Kennedys and the Mafia, and the doubts about the way in which she died. And who could forget Happy Birthday Mr President?
Admiral Lord Nelson. Pushed his luck, took a bullet, won Trafalgar, maintained status quo in Europe.
John Newman: Australia’s first political assassination who was pinged for fighting the Cabramatta drug trade in the NSW Parliament.
Lee Harvey Oswald: if Jack Ruby hadn’t nailed him before he got to trial, he may have delivered the goods on the JFK assassination and we’d be free of the conspiracy craziness and, more importantly, there’d be one less bloody Oliver Stone movie.
John Pat: the 17 year old Aboriginal youth who died in a WA prison cell around 1980 and triggered the Aborginal Deaths in Custody Royal Commission.
The photographer who died on the Rainbow Warrior when it was bombed by French agents in 1985 and has remained a Greenpeace martyr ever since.
Rose Pierini: Successfully sued General Motors in the US in 1964 after losing her arm in a car crash allegedly caused by the faulty handling of her Chevrolet Corvair. Consumer interferer Ralph Nader seized on the issue, making the Corvair the centrepiece of his 1965 anti-car tirade “Unsafe At Any Speed”. The book led to massive regulating of the car industry, essentially crushing innovative projects like the light, economical Corvair. Thanks for all the boring cars of the last 20 years, Ralph!
Jack Pizzey: Premier of Qld for only a few months in 1968. His premature death led to the unlikely Joh Bjelke-Petersen becoming Premier of Qld, and the rest is history.
Elvis Presley: everyone remembers where they were and thousands of people still don’t believe it happened.
Yitzhak Rabin: Could have been Middle East peacemaker murdered by his own side for his efforts. Some say he died in vain. His region has never recovered.
Ronald Ryan. The controversy meant he was the last man hanged in Australia.
Bobby Sands: Northern Ireland hunger striker died for his cause in the 1970s (hunger strikes are such a 70s thing) leading to bloody uprisings
Ken Saro-wira: the execution of this Nigerian from the Ogoni people has provided fodder for green groups, anti-Shell protestors and anti-Nigerian-government protestors worldwide, and contributed to the generally bad name that oil companies have.
Karen Silkwood: became a martyr for the anti-nuclear cause and her death led to wide spread suspicion of the nuclear power industry. Her film bio-drama gave Meryl Streep a bit of a career kick-along.
Billy Snedden would have to be on the list..because we are still wondering who it was he was doing the deed with when he died in the Rushcutters Bay Motel room.
Socrates: Drank poison rather than recant his views. Can you imagine any of today’s columnists going to such lengths in defence of their beliefs.
Ayrton Senna and the track official who died at this year’s Grand Prix. Although did these deaths actually cause much to change.
John Smith: lacklustre & socialist leader of the British Labour Party whose death allowed Tony Blair to reform and lead the Labour Party to its first victory in 18 years.
Joseph Smith, barmy religious opportunist who had visions of angels and golden tablets, and was killed, leaving space for a highly competent administrator, Brigham Young, to make his idiotic Mormonism a major force. Without him Utah would be well, different, and we’d not have those young blokes on bikes with happy days haircuts knocking on our doors.
Sharon Tate: she didn’t do much, but her death brought the name Charles Manson to the world.
Angela Taylor, and constables Steve Tynan and Damian Eyre: the death of these three Victorian police officers in the last 1980s in the Russell St bombing and Walsh St ambush resulted in Victorian Police adopting an unofficial shoot first, ask questions later policy that has seen 20 people killed by Victorian police since, more than for the rest of the nation combined.
Mashall Tito: Kept Yugoslavia together for years and also independent of the Soviet bloc. His death has caused more than a decade of fighting and chaos.
Leon Trotsky: When Stalin killed you, HE KILLED YOU!
The cranky old guy who refused to leave his house when Mt St Helens was threatening to erupt and then was buried alive. He lives long in the memory of Americans.
Empress Victoria of Germany: daughter of Queen Victoria & mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Her death in 1901 took away a major pro-English and Zionist influence from the Kaiser’s life that may have prevented WWI and even WW2
Ernesto Miranda: Poor old Ernesto got fitted up by Arizona police in 1963 over an $8 robbery. He allegedly confessed to the crime (and also to the rape of an 18-year-old girl), but the US Supreme Court ruled that Ernesto had not been read his rights, and overturned his conviction. Ernesto is the reason why US police — in real life, as well as on TV — nowadays always tell perps that they have “the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent” etc. Where does death come into this? In 1976 Ernesto was killed in a knife attack. His alleged murderer was arrested, but released when he refused to talk. He exercised his Miranda rights.
The young Pakistani child that fought child labour at home and around the world and who was shot dead a year or two ago in Pakistan. He was annoyed his mates were working 12 hours a day making soccer balls and was brought to Europe to tell every soccer fan that kids were busting their guts so that Eric Cantona could make millions of euros from the fans.
The guy who almost survived the horrendous Washington D.C. plane crash into the frozen Potomac River one winter, and who kept giving his ‘turn’ to be rescued by helicopters to others, until he froze to death.
The guy summarily executed on camera by the police chief in Saigon in 197-something. Along with the image of the girl w/ the napalm burns, this turned the PR tide in the Vietnam war.
Archduchess Marie-Antoinette, who, according to Antonia Fraser’s new biography, did NOT say “let them eat cake” and whose breast were the model for Sevres porcelain teacups of her era, but who went to the gullotine while suffering from uterine haemorrhages. She died because her weak husband vacillated when they fled and almost reached the border with the then Austrian Netherlands.
Sports stars in trouble
Dennis Banks: Collingwood player who attempted to hijack a bus whilst drunk with the late Darren Millane.
Ian Botham: Arrested in Perth for manhandling a bloke on a flight. Constantly in trouble for brawling, boozing and bonking.
Con Boutsiannis: South Melbourne and Perth Glory soccer teams, charged with armed robbery in 1998.
Dermott Brereton: Beat a bloke up on a Sydney beach in a dispute over his dog.
Neil Brooks: Olympic swimmer constantly in trouble for boozing and brawling. Sacked by Seven for giving a tasteless interview and now in bankruptcy strife.
Mal Browne: West Australian football hardman who doubled as Laurie Connell’s bagman for a while.
Fraser Browne: Carlton player in trouble over tax affairs and a punch up.
Tony Buhagiar: Footscray’s 1985 end-of-season trip to Hawaii in 1985 included incidents with two players ripping their seats up out of the floor and turning them around so that they could face the row behind them and play cards. Other players were involved in a wheelchair race when they got off the plane. Problem was a couple of passengers were stranded on the plane as they needed the wheelchairs to get off the aircraft. Tony Buhagiar was the only player to appear on court.
Wayne Carey: ended up in court after grabbing a woman whilst drunk on Kings St and demanding “why don’t you get a bigger set of tits?”
Pat Cash: Wimbledon champion expelled from school and regularly in trouble. Attacked an ABC camera crew and once blamed poor performance on having his period.
Nick Daffy: Suspended for one week by Richmond for getting drunk in Bendigo last year.
Benny Elias: The Balmain rugby star beat rape charges in the early 90s
Peter Everritt: The St Kilda ruckman has gone down twice whilst drunk, the latest incident being for throwing beer cans in the street at Phillip Island.
Brendan Fevola: Carlton has finally dumped him after three indiscretions this year, the final one in a dry-cleaners shop early one Tuesday morning.
Fitzroy Football Club: most of the team, including the club doctor, trashed the Holiday Inn at Coogee in 1995. This included throwing outdoor furniture into the swimming pool.
Craig Gower: Australian rugby league player who exposed himself in front of some backpackers at the Coogee Bay Hotel on a team bonding session just days before a match against New Zealand.
Paul Hayward: Newtown rugby league player caught trafficking heroin in Thailand.
Aaron James: Collingwood let this wild boy go to Richmond after he got in strife for urinating on someone in a pub.
Terry Jenner: test cricketer who was jailed for fraud and was a compulsive gambler.
Jimmy Krakouer: Former North Melbourne player done for rape and drug trafficking.
Matthew Lappin: The Carlton player stormed a campus whilst drunk with Fevola and let fire extinguishers off at various people.
Tony Lock: the England and WA cricketer was charged paedophilia but it never got to court.
Tony Lockett: faced charges of tampering with greyhound breeding fluids and also threw one of his crutches when injured at Eddie McGuire back in the 80s.
Greg Matthews: Knocked unconscious outside a Perth nightclub but won the defamation case against the owner. Regularly sailed close to the law.
Darren Millane: Hang out with dodgy types and killed himself whilst driving almost four times over the limit.
Julian O’Neil: Sam Riley’s former fiancee and wild rugby league player constantly in trouble for everything from boozing to hotel trashing and turd throwing.
Brad Ottens: suspended by Richmond last year for being drunk in a public place.
Rod Owen: Former St Kilda player now in jail for beating up his boss.
Martin Pike: The former Kangaroos turned Brisbane Lions player has been one of the most prolific bad boys but they’ve all been relatively minor incidents.
Kendall “Tiny” Pinder: the American import played NBL basketball in Perth and Sydney and spent time in big houses in both states after being found guilty of rape.
Ricky Ponting: Beaten up at the Bourbon and Beefsteak in Kings Cross for being drunk and suspended from Aussie team. Never been reported that he went onto Star City after Mouri bouncer punched him out.
Steve Randell: the test cricket umpire was jailed in 1999 for peadophilia against Tasmanian victims.
Warren Austin Richards: 1976 Olympian, Australian Judo Champion, currently serving a 12-year sentence in Long Bay Jail for drug importation.
Jason Taylor: the North Sydney Rugby League player was captured on “yobbo-cam” at the SCG throwing cups filled with liquid (believed to be fresh and warm) into the air as the Mexican Wave went around at a one-day cricket match.
Shane Warne: Where do you start. Swore at and tried to intimidate a couple of little kids who took photos of him breaking his $200,000 non-smoking agreement with Nicorette. He also stands condemned for his phone-sex shame.
The Waters Brothers: these boxers could really fight. One of them was charged with murdering his step father but the charge was later reduced amid mitigating circumstances.
Peter Welsh: Richmond Premiership player and now director who urinated off the balcony of a Melbourne nightclub after 1980 flag – the last that long-suffering Tigers fans such as Crikey have enjoyed.
Driving under the influence
So, Darryl Somers gets let off without a conviction despite blowing .098 after drinking 5 glasses of wine and then getting behind the wheel on November 9 last year. One of the reasons was his unblemished record over 25 years and his community and charity work.
Now Crikey is not going to be a hypocrite here and bag others for drink driving. My official record is completely clean but there have been occasions in my younger days where I’ve driven when over the limit.
And to be perfectly honest with you, there have been two occasions where the police have pulled me over whilst over the limit. All I can say is that no cash changed hands and the sob stories were pretty good. The record is pristine so I’m not on this list:
The list of famous drinkers and drivers
AFL Footballers: Chris Mainwaring, David Rhys-Jones, Jim Buckley, Justin Peckitt, Winston Abraham, Martin Pike, Wayne Carey.
Dale Baker: The former Liberal opposition leader and later Minister in SA got done which is not surprising as he was a real party boy.
Henry Bolte: the former Victorian Premier got done for drink driving but the blood sample famously disappeared.
Wolf Blass: The wine multi-millionaire wrapped his Rolls Royce around a lamp post or Portrush Rd in Adelaide at 3am one morning and emerged later that day with a bandaged head but there is no evidence to suggest it was drink-induced.
Richard Buchanan: the KPMG partner and former close friend of top Kennett adviser Anna Cronin got famously written up in The Sunday Age back in about 1993 for being drunk behind the wheel of his Merc. Some say that Hewson had him lined up to be his Tax Commissioner.
Bob Charles: The Federal Liberal MP got off with a good behaviour bond after blowing 0.145%.
Pat Conlon: The South Australian opposition police spokesman, Pat Conlon, has been sprung a couple of times.
Garry Dellar: The ACT Magistrate was convicted for his third drink-drive offence on 2 April 1998 and the ACT chief magistrate Ron Cahill suspended his licence for 9 months and fined him $750.
Quentin Dempster: The ABC stateline host in NSW has one conviction but we’re yet to get the details.
Collette Dinnigan: Lachlan Murdoch’s favourite fashion designer got a second conviction a few weeks back blowing .06 after four glasses of red.
John Elliott: This guy is one of the biggest drinkers around so it came as no surprise when he lost his licence last year and was reportedly an arrogant tosser when dealing with the policewoman.
Gareth Evans: Got done in Melbourne a few months back driving home a dinner with a European ambassador.
Margaret Fink: the film maker was up for a second time when she got off with a fine and short term license loss. Her observation afterwards was: “Next time I’ll use Ken Horler”.
Justice John Gallop: Raymond Hoser claims that the ACT Supreme Court Judge was picked up with a blood alcohol limit of .1 and was fined without a conviction or licence suspension.
Mary Gillett: The Labor member for Werribee in Victoria had a couple of run-ins with a breathalyser and even lost the licence for a short period.
Kathryn Greiner: Subscribers recall she was pulled over in the Blue Mountains and was over the limit but somehow charges were not laid. Coincidentally, hubby Nick was NSW Opposition leader at the time.
Dave Grohl: The Nirvana/Foo Fighters guru copped a fine and no conviction in the Gold Coast court last year, for being drunk on a rented motor scooter. Our spy reckons he might have blown .15%.
David Hamill: The former Queensland Labor Treasurer must be the unluckiest bastard alive. He got done earlier this year with a reading of 0.052% after leaving a function in Ipswich. One thimble of light too many it seems.
Tim Howard: The PM’s son clocked 0.08 after attending a swanky night club launch in Sydney.
Sir Edward Lyons: Evan Whitton’s excellent book, “The Hillbilly Dictator”, covers this one nicely. Sir Ted was Joh’s closest adviser and got done whilst driving his Roller home to Holland Park one night. Appropriate strings (Russ Hinze and Terry Lewis) were pulled and the charge duly disappeared – until, despite his colleagues’ advice to the contrary, one honest cop physically retrieved the crumpled-up charge sheet from the waste paper bin at the City Watchhouse and made sure it went through the system.
Mimi Macpherson: In April 2001 Elle’s younger sister lost her licence for 9 months and was fined $350 for driving the wrong way down a one-way street and blowing .095.
Alannah McTiernan: Labor’s new transport minister in WA was famously pinged earlier this year and also had some skeletons in the closet but new Premier Geoff Gallop decided not to move her.
Susie Maroney: The super swimmer certainly got charged but we’re still checking the details.
Darren Millane: The Collingwood star killed himself at great speed so he could never be charged with being 0.314 back in the early 1990s after a bender that lasted a few days.
Mick Palmer: Former CLP transport minister in the Northern Territory so we’d expect nothing less than having a DUI skeleton in the closet.
Fiona Snedden: The daughter of former Liberal leader Billy Snedden was charged around the same time she was the pre-selected candidate for Melbourne Ports but Hoser’s book does not know the outcome.
Lady Sonia McMahon: Billy’s widow blew .13 but got off with a caution, a $1000 fine and a 12-month bond.
Syd Sterling: The NT Labor MP fessed up on radio a few years back to being sprung badly on ANZAC Day having had a few too many sherbets and losing his licence. Then the radio announcer, Darwin’s own Fred McCue, fessed up that he’d been done some years before too. Maybe it’s a Darwin thing.
Greg Matthews: In May 2001 the former test cricketer lost his licence for 12 months and was fined $700 after blowing 0.18.
Sam Newman: The Footy Show idiot is riding his bike after being rubbed out for drinking too much at the Crown casino and then driving his Porsche around to some poor woman’s house.
Lady Susan Renouf: Not sure of the legal formalities but Lady Susan ran into someone in Double Bay after a long lunch but was not at the scene when the police arrived.
Paul Rofe: The South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions would like to forget the time he got pinged for DD.
Aden Ridgeway: Was just over the limit when pulled over in the Blue Mountains a few weeks back. Given that alcohol abuse is such an issue in Indigenous communities, this was most unfortunate for their only Federal Parliamentarian to be caught doing this.
Alan Schwab: The late AFL administrator lost his licence for 2 years back in the 80s when Crikey used to go to his place for barbies put on by his step-daughter.
Mike Smith: The former editor of The Age and now chairman of spinning outfit Webber-Shandwick was charged in 1992 but got off. His lawyer was The Age’s defo expert Peter Bartlett from Minter Ellison.
Louise Staley: the woman defeated in the preselection battle for Crikey’s former safe Liberal seat of Menzies has been done twice for drink driving which did not help her chances.
Kimble Stynes: One of Melbourne’s toughest and most aggressive lawyers. This Ivanhoe Grammar old boy is the younger brother of Cary Stynes who was chief executive of SofCom, the flailing dotcom chaired by Jeff Kennett. Can’t remember the details but it happened at least once.
Michael Yabsley: The former NSW Prisons Minister blew 0.18% but Magistrate Jeff Lindon let him off without fine, loss of licence or conviction, according to Hoser’s book.