Derryn Hinch leaves court in 2013, where he faced a contempt charge for breaching a suppression order (Image: AAP/Julian Smith)

Thanks to Derryn Hinch and a trio of Morrison government ministers, the law of contempt of court -- relatively obscure everywhere else -- is a bit of a big deal in Victoria.

Hinch alone has three contempt convictions from Victoria’s courts.

In 2017, the ministers Greg Hunt, Michael Sukkar and Alan Tudge only avoided contempt charges by offering grovelling apologies. Tudge was just last week told in no uncertain terms by the Federal Court that his flagrant disobedience of its orders placed him in contempt of court again.