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- Roxon’s Rocky Status as the AG -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 1st Feb 2013|
The position of Australia’s Attorney General is a prestigious appointment. It would normally go to the most credentialed Lawyer serving in the Government.
Nicola Roxon has been serving in the position since Dec 2011 when she replaced disposed Rudd supported Robert McClelland, who was in turn appointed with the change of Government under Kevin Rudd in 2007. Philip Rudduck served as the AG in the former Howard Government.
Late last year the AG’s office introduced draft legislation to re-write laws relating to ‘Human Rights and Anti Discrimination’ Laws. A full copy of the draft proposal can be read via this link.
A summary of the proposed changes in the Legislation can be read via an article published in The Australian on the 23rd Nov 2013 – it is re-published below:
The public debate ensured over the Christmas break – another ’cause and effect’ matter arises on the timing of the release of the proposed new laws. One has to ask why the draft was presented at the time of year where Government shuts down. Was it Roxon’s intent to use the ‘shut-down’ period to limit discussion on the draft legislation?
This question hangs in the air for the time being.
Submission responses to the draft legislation closed on the 21st Dec 2012 – and perusal of the dedicated AG Web Site - linked here - shows some 230 submissions from the public, Corporate, Law Firms, Groups, Clubs etc have been lodged in response.
These proposed new laws found public outcry and the outrage continues. In the face of this outrage – Roxon has conceded that perhaps the proposed laws went a bit to far. She has now indicated she might roll-back some of the laws in response to the public outrage. Story on roll-back reproduced below.
Opposition AG spokesperson George Brandis has been very vocal in his attack on the proposed new laws. His interview on ABC radio on the 21st Jan 2013 is required listening – linked here – justice cannot be done to his comments here and to hear him speak in this interview is to learn what this legislation is really proposing.
His comments near the end of the 12 minute interview give insight into his opinion about Nicola Roxon’s agenda as the AG, and reason why all Australians should be alarmed – again the interview is - linked here.
On the back of Brandis’s comments it was necessary to do some private and personal research into Roxon’s background. Her personal bio as presented on Wikipedia states in part: … link to source data …
The above information is a friendly summary written by herself or some one who knows Ms Roxon personally. Roxon would have approved these comments. There is no independent arbiter to any comments posted on Wikipedia unless someone challenges what someone else has posted.
Her own Webpage has her bio information as pasted below: … link to Roxon’s Webpage …
Again – friendly fire – the electorate only knows Roxon from her personal appearances as a politician, and a Minister. Media commentary is another source of information, but her profile since becoming the AG has certainly proved that her credentials to serve as the highest Law officer in the land is found wanting.
The Attorney General Responsibilities:
A full summary of the AG position and responsibilities appears below as provided via Wikipedia: … sourced from Wikipedia …
It is accepted that these might be the official responsibilities – but as with all things in politics, the individual portfolio position/responsibility allows Ministers to do whatever they have to do to impose the Governments, and their own personal will and agenda.
In the AG Ministerial position this translates to the Laws the Government wants to amend, and the new Laws they want to legislate – like this Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012.
Another interest of note about the AG position from above is that it also has responsible for the ASIO [Australian Federal Police - AFP] division. As reported by Larry Pickering a year or so ago – and after Roxon became AG – Gillard had knowledge of the AFP’s ability to intercept mobile phones and determine hacking intrusions.
Pickering reported that it was this knowledge provided by the AFP of similar ‘News of the World’ type celebrity hacking being carried out by media outlets in Australia that allowed Gillard to ‘blackmail’ media proprietors to pull and retract the AWU scandal allegations published in late 2011. It is not claimed here that Roxon or her predecessor Robert McClelland were involved. How the information about the ‘phone hacking’ came to the attention of Gillard is unknown to this blogger.
Why GROWL at Roxon?
Well – Under Roxon’s agenda the AG Department has proposed new laws concerning ‘Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination’. I happen to agree with Brandis in that they are not what Australian culture is all about, and they challenge the right to ‘free speech’, and the freedoms attached to the ‘expression’ of that free speech.
By example – this blog site commentary would be seen to be acting discriminately via the comments contained in blogs posted about politicians, governments, and other idiots accused of lunacy via the opinions expressed via the various authors contributing to the site.
In fact – the proposed laws threatens the freedom to express an opinion if it disparages, criticise, or uses vernacular and descriptive commentary to describe any idiot politician, like ‘dunce-hat’ Swan, or ‘the wicked witch’ Gillard and the like.
There – that small rant might land me in big trouble if these proposed laws are passed unchallenged, and un-amended.
Roxon’s credentials to act as the AG, or in any portfolio is further challenged on the basis of her exposed life experiences, and her lack of a broader spectrum of community involvement that would allow her to understand true and real Australian culture.
Her protected education environment, combined with her limited legal exposure to Industrial Law, her political experience in opposition, and as a minister of the Government might all have give her a rounded exposure, but not a grounded exposure. Her Law credentials are lacking stature and recognition and as the serving AG it makes her someone that is really dangerous in how she tries to impose her limited grasp of Law and its broader refinement as a necessity to serve as the AG. In essence – the Law fraternity do not respect her.
Under her guidance the AG Office gave protection to Peter Slipper during his committal hearing over ‘sexual abuse’ claims. This showed very poor judgement and when asked by the Opposition about her involvement in the House late last year – Albanese quickly rose to shut the House Question time down. This allowed Roxon to escape having to provide a response. The Government saw need to protect her from responding and that gives reason to suspect she had something to hide. This adds to the perception and history of the corruptiveness this Government goes to in protecting itself from self-exposure.
See link here to read story on ALP caucus revolt over her handling on the Peter Slipper affair. This link is to another story about Roxon’s involvement in trying to influence the Ashby/Slipper outcome – both are worth the read.
Also – the Craig Thompson affair links back to the Fair Work Australia [FWA] investigation that took forever, some years in fact. How FWA came up with their stupid findings is another story, however when the police became involved they cut through the investigation within months and have now lodged charges and effected an arrest.
Roxon’s office could have intervened on the side of the Law in that case as well, yet her Office intervened on the side of the Government ensuring Thompson continued to serve as a ALP member and provide a crucial vote to allow the minority Government to survive.
There is a story within the story here – the Barristers providing the advice to Roxon on both these cases, above, and the proposed Legislation relating to the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 could provide comment if allowed to do so – i.e. a Royal Commission, into the instructions they received from the Government – what were the instructions received from Roxon, and/or Gillard, or whoever else who had imput to the content and purpose of the Legislation, the Slipper involvement, and the Thompson FWA case.
That will not happen under this Government but could be arraigned under a New Coalition Government if they wanted to pursue Gillard and her ‘handbag brigade’ beyond the humiliation of defeat.
Roxon enjoys a healthy margin in her seat - some 74%/26% majority. The seat was established in 1949 and has only ever been held by the ALP. Previous holders of the sear include:
Roxon owns the seat as long as she wants, or for as long she does the bidding of her Leader … this is a perfect example of how the ALP pre-select their delegates for safe seats as reward for loyal service. To change the way the Union movement operates within the ALP via its factional allegiances will take some almighty vision and electoral education.
In the interim all we can do is to highlight the inadequacies of the ALP, the Greens, the Independents, and the Coalition Members, and have and their creditability questioned when they make a decision that challenges Australians and the opinions of activists.
This post’s intent is to expose Roxon as someone who is a very dangerous person to be in charge of a portfolio that has the ability to make laws that change Australia and its culture.
Please – this Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 is and important issue and needs people to become vocal about their concerns. Please use the links provided to share this post on your social networks, or to write to your local MP about your concerns.
To bring some much-needed levity – there is always the Larry Pickering Cartoons … below is a sample of his summer offerings – his images page can be access here … [click on image below to enlarge] … enjoy and don’t hurt yourself with the belly laughs …
Larry Pickering also writes some very intelligent blogs including many on the AWU scandal. Whilst not as regarded as Hedley Thomas in journalistic circles – his penmanship and his heady wit give him a take on things not easily publishable in mainstream media. None the less … his take on events cuts to the chase and he does not mince words … his Facebook page can be accessed here …
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