Sep 22, 2011

Sophie Mirabella set for Supreme Court stoush

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 Dr Colin Howard QC, over the proceeds of Howard's estate.

Andrew Crook ā€” Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

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.

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24 thoughts on “Sophie Mirabella set for Supreme Court stoush

  1. paddy

    [She has a reputation as a terrier-like parliamentary performer]
    Perhaps the most “generous” description of “La Mirrabella” I’ve ever read.
    Well done Andrew. šŸ™‚

  2. David Hand

    I’m looking for the public interest angle here. After all this breathless piece is your lead story. Has anyone done anything wrong? This is the sort of story a publication like, say, News of the World might publish.

    You haven’t hacked anyone’s phone, have you? Gone through anyone’s rubbish bags by any chance? Got someone lurking behind a bush to snap a candid picture of Ms Mirabella as she leaves home, perhaps?

  3. Neil Walker

    Here’s Michael Bachelard’s story: http://www.theage.com.au/national/power-love-and-money-20110922-1knb7.html ‘Power, love and money’

  4. DF

    Well, it’s all out there for Sophie’s family and the rest of us now: http://www.theage.com.au/national/power-love-and-money-20110922-1knb7.html

    I particularly like this quote:
    ”As she (Sophie) said to me the other day, if she wins this election, she is made for life,” Colin wrote to his son Mervyn in 2000.

    Wangaratta was originally settled by gold diggers and was later plagued by bushrangers. Not that anything related to that is in any way relevant to this story – just a bit of historical background about Wang.

  5. Holden Back

    David hand you are right, the actual public interest in this story is slight. Though Pia Akerman at The Australian seems to feel it worth reporting, too.

  6. SBH

    David Hand’s political views are a very long way from mine but I have to agree that I don’t really see the public interest angle here. In fact this really seems like a piece of personal business that should stay that way. Ugly and unpleasant, sure, but not really our business is it?

  7. BlackIvory

    Agreed DH, HB and SBH. Not really a newsworthy story and definitely not worth the significant airtime that Jon Faine gave it this morning.

  8. SusieQ

    Well, some of you may be right about the ‘is this personal business’ but then again, if the article is shown to be true, surely it goes to her integrity and trustworthyness as a person?

  9. Holden Back

    That, SusieQ, will be precisely the story, but it’s still at the “he said, she said” stage before it goes to court.

    Hard to see how she can come out of it decently.

  10. David Hand

    Well, SusieQ,
    The left media have succeeded with you haven’t they, parsing a civil dispute about a will, about which the rest of us know absolutely nothing, into a commentary on the integrity of a Liberal front bencher.

    And you all moan about Rupert Murdoch.

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