Stephen might still be working his butt off, but for the next three
a lady of leisure and enjoy perusing the papers each day.
became incandescent with rage on reading Mike Steketee’s profile of NSW ALP general secretary Mark Arbib in The Australian.
Boy wonder Arbib was portrayed as some sort of bridge building genius
reached out to the Left and even consults before making
great. Then we got to the last three paragraphs of Steketee’s
read as follows:
Arbib has demonstrated in his present position one quality that he
his predecessors – an utterly unsentimental pragmatism. Rudd knows
So does Campbelltown mayor Brenton Banfield, whom the Right
run as the Labor candidate for Werriwa.
Banfield agreed, but Arbib pulled the plug on him at the first
controversy – the “revelation” that as a solicitor Banfield had
man who had pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. Never
people before the courts deserve representation – though
outstanding candidate, Arbib decided the issue was too big a
risk. It was
good fortune that Banfield went quietly.
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But, according to one Labor member, “it was Mark’s call and I believe he
wrong.” On the other hand, the Left has decided not to make a public
it. That is different from the past, as well.
As a barrister, I think that is absolutely outrageous. Every
entitled to legal representation. Should Julian Burnside QC be
refugee groups because he has represented Alan Bond and Pixie
different points of his career? Of course not. Will I be banned
kindergarten committee because of representing some bogan in
urinating in public?
As I’ve had to counsel my shareholder activist husband on a
occasions, even share scavenger David Tweed is entitled to
as he sues pensioners for $500. Barristers are actually
permitted to reject
a paying brief if they are available.
If the Labor Party is so PR driven that they are prepared to ignore the
to legal representation, then the party that allowed my family
country from Italy on a ten pound ticket back in 1972 can forget
my vote again.