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May 2018

God Save the Queen! George Brandis is in the Australia House!

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George Brandis has out-Slippered Peter Slipper!

Remember Pete?

Fond of regalia, Gillard, lace and dress-ups?


Well forget Pete because George B has arrived.

Today the Palace released this announcement - 

Subject: Audiences at Buckingham Palace today included.... 


30th May, 2018

The Hon. George Brandis was received in audience by The Queen today upon his appointment as High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Australia in London.


While George is in London and in costume, let's revisit some of his more memorable performances at home.

Remember that one time Attorney General Brandis intervened to allow this lovely Muslim boy to go home from jail?  Such soft, beautiful hands and so misunderstood!

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And then there was that well known conservative cause yes, Yes, YES!!!


So from whence sprang the legendary anti-Abbott bias?

One of these Oxford men represents a lot that's good about Australia.

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The AG spot carried certain - perks!

Damn that lividity rising!

Staffer, "No one noticed, you looked gorgeous - as always!"
Well might we say welcome to London George.

Or perhaps it'd be more on the money to cut to the chase.

God Save the Queen!



The ABC is piling in on President Trump - called him a fascist, sociopath & like an Islamic terrorist today

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Jon Faine hosted the US singer and noted Trump hater Kurt Elling on taxpayer funded ABC Local Radio today.

Do you reckon Faine would let me get away with spouting off about Gillard like Elling was allowed to do about Trump today?

Elling said Trump is "a fascist", "a sociopath", and "Trump mirrors the threat of fundamentalist terrorists who spread fear around the world'.

Faine laughed and encouraged Elling as he said all that about Trump and much more.  Didn't pull him up a bit.  Egged him on with smiles all around.

Faine listened occasionally giggling while Elling said President Trump's administration "Is based on ignorance and fear", and 'The President is a man without a moral centre".

According to Faine's program today, "President Trump is the worst of the vile creatures that inhabit the swamp.  And Trump surrounds himself with like people".

Elling on Faine on Trump, "The serpents are in the garden and Washington DC has become a playground for madness".

Que approving giggles.

There's more.  Listen in.

And they were out in full force pushing the very expensive 4 Corners 3 part expose on the struggling discredited Mueller probe looking for Russia links.  


Michaelia Cash is a goose and ministerial office is beyond her

Some people improve in their jobs.

Michaelia Cash is going backwards.

She doesn't learn.

She seems to think screeching at people will make them comply with her.

She is lined up against the AWU.  She chose to pick this fight with them.

If you can't beat Shorten's AWU for operating outside the law you should give the game away.

But Cash isn't just failing at proving the AWU's foibles.

She's allowed the accusations of operating unlawfully to be turned back on her.

When most people get a subpoena they comply with it.

The obvious reason to fight it is if you have something to hide.

Cash is spending our money to hide whatever it is that'll embarrass not us - but Michaelia Cash.

Cash has watched too much Gillard.  It's rubbed off on her.

Resign Michaelia, you can't be trusted.

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The Federal Court has issued a subpoena requiring Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash to give evidence in the Australian Workers Union (AWU) raids case.

Key points:

  • Senator Cash asked the Registered Organisations Commission to consider investigating donations from the AWU to GetUp
  • Her staffer later admitted tipping off media to AFP raids on the AWU offices
  • The AWU has gone to Federal Court to try to prevent the documents seized in that raid from being examined by the ROC

Court documents show the court is ordering Senator Cash to appear in Melbourne in August, after the union asked for orders to be made requiring the Minister to give evidence.

But Senator Cash has instructed her lawyers to fight that subpoena, so that she is not forced to give evidence.

The AWU wants the court to throw out an investigation by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) into donations by the union to activist group GetUp.

Senator Cash has faced fierce criticism after her staffer, David De Garis, tipped off the media that raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the AWU's Sydney and Melbourne offices were imminent.

The Minister has maintained she was unaware of Mr De Garis's actions, and Mr De Garis quit soon after.

The trial is listed in Melbourne from August 1 to 3, and the subpoena said Senator Cash must attend.

"I have issued instructions for the subpoena to be set aside," Senator Cash said today.

"I do not intend to play the court process out publicly."

The media adviser for the Fair Work Ombudsman, Mark Lee was also embroiled in the saga.

He was due to take up a position in Senator Cash's office, which never happened after the leak allegations were aired.

Mr De Garis, Mr Lee and ROC official Christopher Enright have also been called to give evidence.

AWU national secretary Daniel Walton said the union still believed the raids and investigation were unlawful.

"We think it's vital the court is assisted by the evidence of witnesses who we believe are relevant to the issues in the case. That is why we sought subpoenas," Mr Walton said in a statement.

"If we are to understand exactly what happened then we believe the testimony of these individuals is critical."


Judge Marson's Gag Order on Tommy was stupid - Tommy apparently agreed he was in contempt


As young Constables we were taught that

"Justice must not only be done, it must manifestly be seen to be done".

Police should be prepared to have every decision publicly scrutinised when they put someone in the dock.

Fair enough too.

By suppressing media reporting on Tommy Robinson, His Honour Justice Geoffrey Marson QC appears to have forgotten that legal maxim.

Last Friday His Honour heard Case number S20180448 - a charge that Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) was in contempt of His Honour's court.

Lennon had a previous conviction on a contempt of court charge before Her Honour Judge Norton in the Crown Court at Canterbury.

He was subject to the immediate imposition of a 3 month jail sentence for any further similar convictions.  He was amply warned about the consequences of further offending, in Her Honour's words:

There will be no conditions that need to be attached to that suspended sentence, but you should be under no illusions that if you commit any further offence of any kind, and that would include, I would have thought a further contempt of court by similar actions, then that sentence of three months would be activated, and that would be on top of anything else that you were given by any other court. In short, Mr. Yaxley-Lennon, turn up at another court, refer to people as "Muslim paedophiles, Muslim rapists" and so on and so forth while trials are ongoing and before there has been a finding by a jury that that is what they are, and you will find yourself inside. Do you understand? Thank you very much.

No witnesses were apparently called to Judge Marson QC's hearing last Friday beyond arresting police.

Lennon/Robinson's offending was videoed by the offender himself and live streamed to an audience of around 10,000 engaged and active people.

Lennon/Robinson has made multiple references to the previous contempt finding - and importantly to the behaviour described "in short" by Judge Norton, "Turn up at another court, refer to people as "Muslim paedophiles, Muslim rapists" and so on".  

The evidence of whether or not he was compliant with that advice is in the video he streamed. He appears to have stuck to the letter of the advice Judge Norton gave him.

He also appears to have stuck to the letter of the law/administrative notice concerning the delineation of the Leeds Court's boundary.

He appears to have an arguable case that he was not in contempt - but that argument wasn't put.  That was always going to make Marson's finding and sentence controversial - and his decision to suppress reporting even dumber. 

Tommy was arrested by police and was advised he was under arrest for incitement and a breach of the peace. All of that is on the video too.  Those charges weren't put to the court on Friday, which calls into question the power to arrest him at the time.  But the power of arrest wasn't argued in court by Tommy either.

In all of those circumstances it was crazy brave and obviously appealable of Judge Geoffrey Marson QC to make the following Postponement (ie Suppression of reporting) Order under the Contempt of Court Act Section 4 (2).

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The UK Contempt of Court Act provides that 

"..a person is not guilty of contempt of court under the strict liability rule in respect of a fair and accurate report of legal proceedings held in public, published contemporaneously and in good faith".

That's a pretty big out.  Was Tommy's contemporaneous reporting accurate and in good faith?  One could argue a case either way - on balance it appears to me that it was.

Did he stick to Her Honour Judge Norton's advice about calling defendants "Muslim rapists, Muslim Paedophiles" etc?   Apparently so.  

Marson QC made his Postponement on Reporting Order only in respect of Tommy's matter:

Case Number S20180448

In the Crown Court at Leeds

the matter of

Regina v Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon 

Whether in Contempt of Court


Marson QC's suppression order is nonsense.  He is required under the Act to give his reason(s) for making the order - he says the reason for suppressing reporting was that  "it appears to be necessary for avoiding a substantial risk of prejudice to the administration of justice in these proceedings"

How so Your Honour?  You are the Court.  You had heard and determined the matter.  Yet you felt it necessary to make the gag order to avoid a substantial risk of prejudice to your own decision?

The Act also allows for a Court to find the publication might prejudice a different case(s), however that was not the reason given by Marson QC.  

Reporting on Robinson was suppressed to prevent prejudice in the Robinson case.

It was a silly order unlikely to survive any application for review.  Two such applications have now been heard by the Crown Court at Leeds - by The Indepent here and Leeds Live here. The Postponement Order is now lifted.

Here's The Independent's copy:

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Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months for breaking contempt of court laws with a Facebook Live video.

His sentence can be revealed for the first time after The Independent and Leeds Live fought a reporting restriction put on the case at Leeds Crown Court.

Robinson, whose real name was listed on court documents as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested outside the court on Friday.



This authoritative and well constructed AP article is published in The Australian today.

Key points

  • Tommy pleaded guilty
  • He broadcast incorrect and prejudicial information about the defendants and the charges they face
  • His lawyer Matthew Harding says Tommy has “deep regret” after realising the potential consequences of his actions and added: “I have to be realistic in relation to the submission that what he did was provocative in challenging individuals.”
  • Tommy's prior convictions include assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possessing drugs, threatening behaviour, disobeying a court order, possessing identity documents with intent and fraud.

Tommy Robinson, a prominent far-right activist in Britain, has been jailed for 13 months for potentially derailing a major trial after live-streaming outside the court in violation of reporting restrictions.

Robinson, 35, was arrested on Friday at Leeds Crown Court in northern England, where he was broadcasting details of the long running trial on Facebook. It was viewed 250,000 times.

Judge Geoffrey Marson told Robinson that his actions could be “highly prejudicial to the defendants in the trial.” He said Robinson had broadcast details of the defendants and the charges they face, including some wrong information.

Robinson was earlier convicted of contempt of court in May 2017 for broadcasting at a rape trial and given a three-month suspended sentence. The judge in that case told him that he would be imprisoned if he committed “a further contempt of court by similar actions.”

He pleaded guilty on Friday to contempt of court and breaching the terms of his suspended sentence.

A strict order remains in place that temporarily bans publication or broadcasting details of the case or anyone involved. At the time of the incident a jury was considering its verdicts after a six-week trial.

The judge in Leeds imposed a reporting restriction on Robinson’s latest conviction, but it was successfully challenged by media outlets.

Robinson, (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon), is founder of the now-defunct English Defence League and helped to develop Pegida UK, an anti-Islam protest movement.

A self-styled journalist and commentator he regularly issues anti-Muslim statements online.

His lawyer, Matthew Harding, said Robinson felt “deep regret” after realising the potential consequences of his actions and added: “I have to be realistic in relation to the submission that what he did was provocative in challenging individuals.”

Robinson has a criminal record dating back to 2005, when he was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He also has convictions for possessing drugs, threatening behaviour, disobeying a court order, possessing identity documents with intent and fraud.

A married father of three, he founded the English Defence League in Luton in 2009 before resigning in 2013.


"I am absolutely not covering up" - Senator Michaelia Cash

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What are copious occasions?


G7, Justin and Team Turnbull have plans to help your savings grow

Paul Keating is remembered for superannuation.

Chairman Mal wants a piece of that action.

He watches the ABC.

He knows Paul's path to reverence.

Soon after God gave us Him, the Chairman ordered a review of Paul's super system.


(Chairman Mal is from the Government of Turnbull, he's here to help your superannuation grow)

The PC Wise-Persons are critiquing Keating's legacy.

Personally, I'd love to see a 1 line report to Chairman Mal -

"Super's biggest risk is YOU.  Stop buggerising around with it."

But that'd make 4 years of overseas-study-tours hard to justify.

Instead we get a website and modules so the Chairman has something to show the world.

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In 8 days,14 hours the G7 will meet in Quebec, Canada.

Justin Canada is 2018 G7 President.

OMG investment-returns are BORING!!! (PIR).

Instead, Justin's G7 gathering has themes.

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What's that got to do with your retirement savings?

Well if you're boring be worried.

Justin, Angela and the Crazy People are bringing themes to the world's capital markets.  

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Don't believe me? Oh ye of little faith! 

Join with Justin in the Spend, Hope, Pray approach to funding your retirement!


PS - Wayne Swan wasn't available, so Justin has a surprise announcement for new investment guru consultant to the G7.

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