... but who to engage for your outstanding parking ticket?
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
The answer is neither, unless you have just had a serious fight with your wallet. On the left is the Liberal Party’s bright spark, Gregory Burton, SC, earmarked for Bronwyn Bishop’s seat of Mackellar.
This is the bloke who is arranging this year’s Sir Garfield Barwick Address and, as late as last Wednesday, sent an email to Commissioner Heydon’s chambers apparently still encouraging his attendance by pleading, "As you know, although nominally under the auspices of the Liberal Party's lawyers professional branches, this is not a fundraiser...". Hmmmm.
Not a fundraiser, eh? Hang on, the standing invitations were advertising Commissioner Heydon as the keynote speaker and were replete with a donation form at the base.
Golly, was Greg Burton, SC trying to hoodwink Justice Heydon into turning up anyway?
Or was he perhaps unaware that Justice Heydon was presiding over the current TURC? Or perhaps he was unaware of any TURC!
... or perhaps he’s just a dickhead.
If this bloke is the future face of the Liberal Party, we had better hurry and get used to Shorten as PM.
On the right is the ALP’s Mark Dreyfus QC. On his Facebook page yesterday he wrote, above an unflattering pic of Heydon: "Justice Heydon should step down. If he does not, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott should remove him." This silly statement was backgrounded by a derelict Fairfax Press screaming, “Commissioner Dyson Heydon must go over perceived bias”.
Well, stone the bloody crows, you would think the title of “Royal” in Royal Commission and maybe “Queen” in Queen’s Council would have given them a clue that Justice Heydon was appointed by the the Royal assent of the Queen’s Representative, the Governor General, and Abbott simply has no ability nor authority to sack Heydon as a Commissioner any more than he has the ability to sack the lying Human Rights Commissioner, Gillian Triggs.
If Bill Shorten was to become Prime Minister tomorrow, the TURC must continue sitting. Once a Royal Commission is established neither an incumbent nor an incoming government can sack the sitting Commissioner nor disband the Commission.
The powers of a Royal Commission, within its terms of reference, are extensive and soar way above any crass political jurisdiction.
If this were not so, Royal Commissions could be manipulated by numbers on the floor of the House when things started to get a bit hot for Honourable Members.
(Much like when they all agreed to accept Bronwyn Bishop as collateral damage and to close ranks after they were all discovered with their greasy mitts deep in the public purse.)
Yet the SMH clowns editorialised yesterday with this cracker, “Justice Heydon should step down. If he does not, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott should remove him and find a replacement”.
(These are the Fairfax newspapers we once depended on for accurate information.)
Not only are Fairfax scribes and Dreyfus, along with his vitriolic Labor mates, in contempt of the Commission and liable to jail sentences under SEC. 6O of The ROYAL COMMISSIONS ACT, they are totally ignorant of how an RC is constituted and how it must operate.
It will be interesting to see which way Dyson Heydon jumps now. He could summons half the ALP and Fairfax before the Commission and demand they all be charged with contempt under the Act.
But I suggest he will ignore these fools and carry on regardless, unearthing illicit ALP fundraising via their corrupt union partners.
Is it any wonder Dreyfus, Shorten and Co, want Heydon gone?
Oh well, barristers who can’t make a crust from the Inns of Court are now driving cabs or standing for pre-selection for a safe seat in Parliament.
It seems the idiot Gregory Burton, SC is planning on joining the hopeless Mark Dreyfus, QC and the hapless George Brandis, QC on some cushy red or green bench with pay packets well beyond their worth.
How the hell any of these galahs passed a Bar exam is beyond me... but they sure pass for Parliamentarians.