Dec 13, 2012

Peter Slipper case: why Mark McInnes is grinning

Former David Jones chief Mark McInnes might be feeling quietly vindicated after Justice Rares’ judgment in the Slipper trial. The same lawyer has been slammed by the judge for his tactics.

Former David Jones chief Mark McInnes may be feeling quietly vindicated today after Justice Steven Rares singled out Harmers Workplace Lawyers for scathing criticism in his judgment in the case brought by James Ashby against the former speaker Peter Slipper.


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17 thoughts on “Peter Slipper case: why Mark McInnes is grinning

  1. Gavin Moodie

    I note that Shadow Attorney General George Brandis *QC* has been very slow to comment on this fiasco, despite being very quick to stoke it up while it was still before the court.

  2. shepherdmarilyn

    What is that spiv. going to appeal, anyone with 2 brain cells could see there was never a case.

  3. Mike Smith

    Another mud-slinging case from the Coalition where the mud turned out to be Fullers Earth.

    (Fuller’s earth is usually highly plastic, sedimentary clays or clay-like earthy material used to decolorize, filter, and purify animal, mineral, and vegetable oils and greases)

    IOW, you end up cleaner after the process; 🙂

  4. Patrick Brosnan

    This seems to have completely stumped the numpties in the MSN. You’d think they’d be trying really hard to find a smoking gun in the hands of current LNP members. But no, they appear to be desperately trying for “balance” which seems to involve constructing the story that’s it’s all the govts. fault that there was a conspiracy to use the courts to bring themselves down. It is quite right to point out, as Emerson has, that, on the balance of probabilities, others within the LNP were involved. And yet the LNP members that made all sorts of allegations whilst the case was on foot are now nowhere to be seen and it is beyond the capabilities of journalists to ferret them out and ask difficult questions. Pathetic. They must think we are idiots.

  5. lloydois

    Couldn’t agree more Patrick.

    The MSN proving what a conflicted, pathetic bunch of insiders they really are. From VP of the National Press Club Steve Lewis who ‘broke’ the smear down. What a contrast with Slater & Gordon when News Ltd aren’t driving the story.

  6. Warren Joffe

    A question. Despite my very slight interest in this case which at least has ensured the final end to the ghastly Slipper’s political career I did listen to an ABC news or PM report which said the judge had said the “principal purpose” of Ashby in bringing the case was to damage Slipper politically (and ? help Brough)”.

    My question is “what’s wrong with that, tout court?”.

    Might I not bring a winnable case for damages against the son of someone who I believe had ruined a business I once owned with the not-very-noble but very human and traditional motive of revenge? And would my principal motive (or purpose) mean that I wasn’t entitled to pursue my case to judgment on the merits?

  7. Christopher Nagle

    I can’t ever remember in my nearly 65 years of life, ever wittnessing such viscerally nasty and unprincipled politicking. One has to go back to the parliaments of the eighteenth century, with their personality factions, to see anything quite so unedifying.

  8. taylormade

    Having Emerson as the lead prosecuter is not helping the ALP. with the slow uptake with the MSN.

  9. Andybob

    With so many lawyers involved, one might have thought a little more discipline as regards discoverable text messages could have been exerted. The participants appear to have failed Conspiracy 101.

  10. David O

    If Fairfax need to see why I stoped buying thier Newpapers and subscribed to Cikey, they only need look at themselves with this case, how they have delt with it in the past and how they are dealing with it now. It does seem a case of trying to find a way to blame Labor in anyway possible, but not investigating the clear discrepancies in the stories of senior members of the LNP, including Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey.

    The findings from Justice Rares seem to have come as a shock to the MSM, yet the writing has been on the wall, most of this evidence has been in the public domain, but as much News print has been wasted on mis representation of this story, it has taken Justice Rares to make a wll argued case, which is in line with what some of the online press of IA and Crikey have been putting forward more than most.

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