Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? "Who guards the guards?" was the Roman poet Juvenal’s famous question. In the case of Australia’s vast legal octopus, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the answer is very simple: nemo -- nobody

The stacking of the AAT with political cronies has carried on unabated because there is no active official body with the power to raise the alarm over a government’s appointments.

Actually such a body -- with specific power to keep a check on the credentials of AAT members and the overall integrity of the tribunal -- does exist in the AAT’s legislation. The only problem is it ceased to function after the Abbott government removed its funding.