In Queensland, Joh Bjelke Newman is interfering in the judicial process using bully BOY Jerrod Bleijie, who's legal intelligence can fit on the head of a pin. The Queensland LNP was elected in part on the oft-used bogan tactic - "Law and Order". This tactic has allowed the LNP to hastily enact laws to deal with the "bikie" crisis, the "sex offender" crisis, and the "teen crim" crisis. This last is the easiest to understand and rectify, and yet Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and his mouthpiece John MacKenzie refuse to acknowledge any connection between teen crime and Cairns' highest-in-the-country youth unemployment.
And as some of the more courageous of the Queensland judiciary has squeaked out an objection to these draconian laws, Bleijie has chosen to attack the judges. And the judges, understanding full well that their "separation" from the ruling party is built on a quicksand of tradition instead of the constitution, have also begun acting as political animals - the latest dust-up between Bleijie and Court of Appeal President Margaret McMurdo seeing McMurdo using her position to "lobby" for her husband to be appointed as a judge.
Apparently the judges, running scared, are failing to heed the
common wisdom "when you wrestle with pigs, everyone gets muddy and the pigs enjoy it". This after the lefty Chief Judge Paul de Jersey was easily moved aside by dangling the keys to the Governor's office at him. Gutless, the whole lot of 'em.
Not to mention the castration of what formerly was a bipartisan Crime and Misconduct Commission.
"KNEEJERK" IS NOT A POLICY
Newman and Bleijie are also jumping on the "draconian sentencing" bandwagon. The 20-year non-parole period for repeated child molester and killer Brett Cowan (44 years) was immediately appealed by Bleijie as too short. The Noosa Heads king hitter, Virgil Power, was released with no jail - largely as the result of Power's family legal connections. This has seen "one-punch" laws rushed into Parliament with Newman calling for life imprisonment. This at the same time governments ignore calls for increased penalties for the far-more-prevelant domestic violence that plagues Australia. A plague fueled by the increasingly lax liquor licensing requirements, a tax bonanza that no government will stanch. Gavin King still sees nothing wrong with 5AM closing times in Cairns while drunken assaults are unabated in the CBD after midnight.
And drink drivers continue to be fined (money good for government) but not imprisoned (costs too much). Ask the parents and friends of Tanya Roneberg how much drink driving cost them.
It is unknown how Abbott makes this square with his Catholicism - the Monarchy hates Catholics so much that they are barred from the throne. But the push back towards Monarch-like powers undermines our existing constitution and allows longstanding principles like "separation of powers" to be attacked with impunity.
The ad-hoc "policy on the fly" being run by the LNP at both State and Federal levels is eroding public confidence in the Liberals and LNP.
It was therefore no surprise when a convicted criminal, guilty of some 65 charges of theft and dishonesty from a public purse, heard a judge call him "brazenly arrogant" and then sentence him for a piddling 3 MONTHS! Despite being a lying cocksucker and keeping a corrupt Julia Gillard in power, Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg has kept in mind that pollies and judges are all in the same boat together.