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It’s time for George Brandis to get in the Bin.

November 29, 2016

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The Attorney-General George “bookshelves” Brandis and Finance Minister Mathias “I’ll be back” Cormann are set to face questions from a Labor-Greens inquiry into whether the Federal Government instructed former solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson, to run a particular argument in the Bell Group High Court case that would have favoured Western Australia over federal taxpayers to the tune of some $300 million.

Brandis has so far dodged scrutiny, instead pointing the finger for any “misunderstandings” of what the Western Australia State Government perceived as an “agreement,” conveniently in the direction of former Treasurer Joe Hockey, who is now residing in the USA as Australia’s Ambassador for fast food and other culinary adventures all funded courtesy of the Australian taxpayer of course.

In addition to bookshelves and Cormann, other witnesses to appear before the enquiry may include “burgers” Hockey, WA Treasurer Mike Nahan, as well as WA Attorney-General Michael Mischin, however the inquiry does not have the power to compel anyone other than Brandis and Cormann to attend.

Hilariously, Turnbull’s “stable government” stands accused of orchestrating a secret deal between former treasurer “burgers” and the Western Australian Barnett Government where Canberra would not challenge the constitutionality of WA legislation and instead direct the then solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson, not to run a particular argument in court – in order to end a long-running legal saga.  The result – if it all went according to the secret deal – would see a windfall of some $300 million for the WA govt at the expense of Australian taxpayers.

However, according to our sources, The Gutter Trash can reveal that Justice Gleeson defied the direction of bookshelves and ended up building the case against WA, rather than for it, creating a conflict between the Commonwealth and the state.

Unsurprisingly bookshelves insists that no such deal exists, declaring he was unaware of any “agreement” between the WA government and Joe “burgers” Hockey, conveniently removing himself from any such negotiations.

All that being as it may, both Labor and the Greens say bookshelves has still not explained whether or not he instructed the former Solicitor-General not to run a particular argument in the High Court.

Bookshelves is claiming “legal privilege” over the specifics of his discussions with the solicitor-general.

Now, would be a good time to invest in those popcorn shares.

 

 

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2016 9:06 pm

    George knows a good case when he sees one.

  2. November 30, 2016 1:21 am

    Sniff it, dayworkers…and exactly how successful has George’s war on piracy been?

  3. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 30, 2016 1:38 am

    Bookshelves is claiming “legal privilege” over the specifics of his discussions with the solicitor-general.

    And you can bet he has stitched up gleeson so that he’s not allowed to say a word. #corruptionRus

  4. john o'callaghan permalink
    November 30, 2016 9:53 am

    As long as the MSM run a protection racket for these scum they will continue to get away with murder,nothing will ever change until we have an honest free press””’ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha he he he he ””””””’ An honest free press,now thats a novel idea.””””””

  5. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 30, 2016 11:06 am

    Did the MSM run a line in support of Trump?

    I must have missed that.

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    November 30, 2016 11:58 am

    While Labor is still recognised as the principle custodian of the working class, One Nation is seen to be challenging it with its old Labor agenda of protectionism and support of the White Australia policy.

    The Liberal party is seen to be the advocate of the upper class, consistent with its modern day business mantras, if at odds with its roots as the party of the middle class, while the Greens are conceived as the post-class political force.

    But what’s most glaring here is that while most of us see ourselves as being of the middle class, no one sees a party dedicated to their interests.

    Just to restate the implication of these findings: we believe class exists, the majority of us see ourselves as middle class, but we don’t see anyone representing us.

    If that’s not a recipe for political disruption I don’t know what is.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/30/looking-through-a-marxist-lens-and-why-class-is-the-new-black

  7. November 30, 2016 12:44 pm

    “While Labor is still recognised as the principle custodian of the working class”

    I think he means principal.

  8. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 30, 2016 9:34 pm

  9. Neil of Sydney permalink
    November 30, 2016 9:50 pm

    AO

    Please summarise the point you are trying to make.

  10. armchair opinionator permalink
    December 1, 2016 1:07 am

    neil

    No

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 1, 2016 7:51 am

    I see Trump is appointing billionaire bankers to the key financial positions.

    That’s should cheer up all the dills who thinks here’s going to be a non teabag

  12. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 1, 2016 7:52 am

    Hmmm…

    That’s should cheer up all the dills who think he’s going to be a non teabag

  13. armchair opinionator permalink
    December 1, 2016 10:10 am

    Frightened by Donald Trump? You don’t know the half of it
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/30/donald-trump-george-monbiot-misinformation?CMP=share_btn_tw

    Many of his staffers are from an opaque corporate misinformation network. We must understand this if we are to have any hope of fighting back against them.

    Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. To understand what is coming, we need to understand who they are. I know all too well, because I have spent the past 15 years fighting them.

    Over this time, I have watched as tobacco, coal, oil, chemicals and biotech companies have poured billions of dollars into an international misinformation machine composed of thinktanks, bloggers and fake citizens’ groups. Its purpose is to portray the interests of billionaires as the interests of the common people, to wage war against trade unions and beat down attempts to regulate business and tax the very rich. Now the people who helped run this machine are shaping the government.

    I first encountered the machine when writing about climate change. The fury and loathing directed at climate scientists and campaigners seemed incomprehensible until I realised they were fake: the hatred had been paid for. The bloggers and institutes whipping up this anger were funded by oil and coal companies…

    Think IPA [who have now got their people into the parliament after profiles made on the ABC] and Cory Bernardi’s shady Conservative Leadership Foundation – where is all the money coming from?

  14. December 1, 2016 11:09 am

    Moonbat is wetting his pants and seeing deniers(!) everywhere. Good.

  15. Walrus permalink
    December 1, 2016 11:26 am

    “Moonbat is wetting his pants and seeing deniers(!) everywhere. Good.”

    Yeah……….he writes such extraordinarily generalised crap it’s quite amazing.

    Just bucket load after bucket load of random thoughts and opinions segueing into the next rambling piece of crap from his “thought processes”……..using that term loosely

    Preaching from upon his high altar with its foundations firmly grounded in bullshit

  16. Walrus permalink
    December 1, 2016 12:30 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha !

    Much amusement……………………..an absolutely wonderful example of schadenfreude

    From behind the Oz’s paywall

    “A bungle by lawyers for Cindy Prior has led to her missing the Federal Court’s deadline for her attempted appeal in a racial hatred case seeking $250,000 in damages from Queensland University of Technology students over Facebook posts.

    Legal letters and an affidavit obtained by The Australian yesterday show that Ms Prior and her solicitor, Susan Moriarty, were seven days late because they ­misunderstood the rules around timing. They now want the court and QUT students to permit the appeal…….

    ……after filing the appeal, documents show Ms Moriarty was told by the Federal Court:

    “Your lodgment has been rejected for the following reason — it does not comply with court rules.”

    Ms Moriarty and barrister Susan Anderson believed they had 21 days from the November 4 judgment to appeal. However, it is 14 days for the type of judgment that was handed down.

    Tony Morris QC, the lawyer for Mr Thwaites and Mr Powell, yesterday told Ms Prior’s legal team that if they were successful in obtaining leave to appeal, the students would seek from Ms Prior the “very conservative figure of $42,000” as security for costs. He said Ms Prior may have a claim against her lawyers……”

    Great lawyers……………..Not.

    TB is probably a principle partner LOL

  17. armchair opinionator permalink
    December 1, 2016 12:46 pm

    The backpacker tax is a textbook case of how not to develop policy
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2016/nov/27/the-backpacker-tax-is-a-textbook-case-of-how-not-to-develop-policy

    …At some point rural voters will wonder what’s the point of having the National party in government if something so important is such a train wreck…

    …Unfortunately for the government, Joyce has been the lead advocate on the policy.

    And Joyce has been all over the shop…

    Freedom of speech even more so.

  18. Walrus permalink
    December 1, 2016 12:58 pm

    “Strange to see the pro-freedom crowd blast the parly protestors. Freedom can be so confusing sometimes.”

    It’s only confusing if you think an expression of Freedom is to allow a bunch of loud and unelected fucking morons to disrupt a democratically elected Parliament occupied by members who have been elected

    I can see why that might confuse a dimwit

  19. Tom R permalink
    December 1, 2016 4:38 pm

    “a bunch of loud and unelected fucking morons”

    The libs were elected wally, and they are the ones most responsible for disrupting parly 😉

  20. Tom R permalink
    December 1, 2016 4:49 pm

    “Daisy06
    What a pity KM decided not to point out that Pyne’s diversion was based on a lie.

    The last time that QT came to a halt was in 2011…The day the Carbon Tax was legislated… When 80 young liberals and assorted Coalition supporters were signed in by Liberal MPs in an organised, premeditated, protest which saw Harry Jenkins refuse to suspend QT… while these raucous thugs bellowed abuse at Julia Gillard… and waited while they were removed from the public gallery.

    Julia Gillard did not get up and run.. unlike like this cowardly undemocratic government that we have seen today…”

    a comment from https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/nov/30/malcolm-turnbull-smiles-on-as-his-validation-day-turns-into-a-hot-mess

    https://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2016/11/27/ipsos-51-49-labor/comment-page-27/#comment-2509072

  21. Walrus permalink
    December 1, 2016 5:08 pm

    “The last time that QT came to a halt was in 2011…The day the Carbon Tax was legislated… ”

    And yes they should not have done that either and were duly tossed out.

    It had nothing to do with some expression of their Freedom to do so.

    “Julia Gillard did not get up and run.. unlike like this cowardly undemocratic government that we have seen today…”

    And I dont really believe that you can conduct Parliament with dumb fucking morons glued to the handrails which was not the case in 2011.

    And how exactly is this an undemocratic parliament by the way ?

  22. Tom R permalink
    December 1, 2016 6:00 pm

    And how exactly is this an undemocratic parliament by the way ?

    Please Explain?

  23. December 7, 2016 10:51 pm

    “I see Trump is appointing billionaire bankers to the key financial positions.”

    Move along, nothing to see here.

    He’s also supposedly appointed an arsehat who believes that the pyramids were constructed to store grain as his head of housing (or some such).

    His intended Ministry is far more sinister than his vague populist, platitudinal self.

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