To paraphrase a memorable Paul Keating line -- "What is Jeremy Rapke, the Victorian DPP on about, he has never had it so good." Mr Rapke used a 25th anniversary of the creation of his office by the Cain government in 1983 to complain about how difficult it was to lock people up and to secure convictions.

But Mr Rapke’s speech failed to suggest what we all know to be the case -- that many cases should never end up before the courts, that restorative justice should be utilised more frequently and that the reason our courts are full is because of our ridiculous war on drugs polices and the way the police and prosecutors insist on mentally ill people being dealt with in the traditional criminal courts.