Sep 29, 2017

High Court allows the government to spend its slush fund on just about any old bullshit

The court’s breezy willingness to let this bullshit exercise through the gate sets a dangerous, destructive precedent.

Michael Bradley — Managing partner at Marque Lawyers

Michael Bradley

Managing partner at Marque Lawyers

As you might have vaguely noticed, there’s this marriage equality postal survey thing going on currently and for the next, oh joy, six weeks. It’s happening because (a) Malcolm Turnbull has all the moral courage of a wet biscuit, and (b) the High Court says it’s legally fine. The latter part was pronounced by the court a while back without giving its reasons, due to the urgency of the need for the respectful debate to begin.

The court’s detailed reasoning is now out, and it’s as impenetrably dull as you were fully expecting. However, lurking within the exquisitely boring deconstruction of section 10 of the Appropriation Act No 1 2017-2018 (Cth) is a signal victory awarded by the High Court to the executive arm of government, presaging future things that won’t be good.

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