A Supreme Court encounter is brewing between high-flying federal Liberal front-bencher Sophie Mirabella and the children of her close friend, deceased distinguished law professor Colin Howard QC, over the proceeds of Howard’s estate.
Mirabella, 42, was a keen student of Howard’s in the late 1980s at Melbourne University, with the duo teaming up as co-anti-republic delegates to the 1998 constitutional convention. Prof Howard was an esteemed legal statesman and constitutional expert who served as an adviser to the Whitlam government during The Dismissal. He died on September 2 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.