Dec 12, 2012

Brough justice: Mal can’t slip the net on Slipper campaign

What if the standards invoked by the opposition in regards to Julia Gillard were applied to themselves? Surely they would not let Brough, who a judge has found was a willing party to an abuse of process, continue as its preselected candidate for Fisher.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The judgment of Justice Rares in dismissing the s-xual harassment case of James Ashby against former speaker Peter Slipper is profoundly damaging for Mal Brough, former Howard government minister and preselected Liberal-National Party candidate for Slipper’s seat.


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17 thoughts on “Brough justice: Mal can’t slip the net on Slipper campaign

  1. cairns50

    bernard nothing will be done about brough mark my words, there are 2 sets of rules in this country one for the rich powerfull right wing born to rule elite, of which the liberal party are there lackeys and servants, and one for every body else who does not share there views or belong to there club

    witness what has been said about julia gillard and her involvement with setting up the so called slush fund and the SLUSH fund that abbott set up a few years ago to get rid of pauline hansen, and the fact that he probably lied and broke the law with the answers to the austrlian electoral commision when asked about it

    none of the major news organistations will chase up this story, even crikey, margo kingston could not even get the article that she wrote about it many years ago republished on the abc site the drum

    since the last election when julia managed to hold on to power with the aid of the independants the abbott and his lackeys have behaved in the same way as malcom fraser did when he conspired with kerr for gough whitlams dismissial

    what is driving there anger lies and vitriol more and more is the fact that julia gillard is still pm

  2. drmick

    Why wont there be a forensic investigation by the MSM into the Brandis, Brough, Murdoch, LNP confection connection? Oh I see…….. they are the mob who are in trouble for lying in the first place.
    I wonder if the press gallery will fill the national press with days and days of baseless, factless, rubbish until guilt is inferred and justice demanded for the unproven but obviously guilty? No?

  3. zut alors

    Now that Brough is showing some tarnish he should consider a career outside politics – perhaps the gig as backup host for 7.30 whilst Leigh Sales is on the Christmas break.

    The stench of questionable behaviour certainly hasn’t stymied the post-politics career of Liberal Party heavy and former Howard minister, Peter Reith. A mobile phone bill of $50K and an egregious and controversial ‘children overboard’ chapter qualified him for a role as commentator on our national broadcaster’s ‘The Drum’. Oz taxpayers are still funding him.

  4. Jeremy Apps

    While I agree Brough should not continue as the preselected candidate for Fisher, I cannot help but think he will and he’ll win.

  5. CML

    In that case Jeremy, the electorate of Fisher must be full of people with questionable morals/ethics, or those with only half a brain!
    I cannot believe that the voters seem to have swallowed the cr+p put about by the Coalition on the PM, but still see the LNP as “lily white”. Defies the imagination!!

  6. Will

    We need to coin a new term called the Reverse Brandis Ratio. Whenever the Shadow Attorney General ponderously propounds on the legalities of any particularly issues – the ultimate outcome and dispositive legal rule shall be precisely opposite to his prior pronouncement. This rule equally true for administrative law, constitutional law, statutory interpretation and general torts.

    Unbelievable that Peter Martin picked this clown in his dream cabinet as AG.

  7. Malcolm Street

    ‘Brough, along with Ashby and Karen Doane, has been found to have been part of a “combination” to bring proceedings determined to have been “an abuse of the process of the Court”, ‘

    That sounds to my non-lawyer self as a civil equivalent of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

    ‘In that case Jeremy, the electorate of Fisher must be full of people with questionable morals/ethics, or those with only half a brain!’

    They’re Queenslanders – the bunch whose government has just voted against fluoridation under local pressure!

  8. drmick

    Will; we apply that same theory to all msm publications; if they say one thing. you know the opposite to what has been said contains more facts, is closer to the truth, and may reflect the original intention of the source. The Terracrap in nsw immediately becomes more than rough comic toilet paper.

  9. Merve

    What has Tony Abbott to say about this? He seems to have an opinion on everything.

  10. klewso

    “Poor Mal Brough – hoisted by his own petard”?
    Can I have that job now, Mr Murdoch….?

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