Ms Nicola Roxon thinks she is funny by having endless shots at Tony Abbott, however, how does she herself hold up as a pillar of Justice?
Mr Slipper was given special permission by the Attorney General Ms Nicola Roxon to park in the basement of the court and take the back stairs to avoid the media which Mr Ashby was made to work his way past in order to arrive at the court, where Peter Slipper and James Ashby were appearing with regard a claim against Mr Slipper of sexual misconduct against Mr Ashby, Justice Steven Rares said Mr Slipper may have had good intentions in trying to avoid “intrusive media coverage” but that it was inappropriate to use a back entry that made it appear as if he had the court’s help. Which in effect he has as Nicola Roxon
Justice Rares said this would “undermine the public confidence in the court” because it was important that “justice should not only be done but be seen to be done”.
I must congratulate Justice Rares for being a doyen of Justice and not scared to give the Government a dressing down if appropriate.
The blunder is the latest to hit the nation’s first law officer, Ms Roxon as more questions are raised over her handling of the sexual harassment scandal involving Mr Slipper and his former staffer James Ashby.
Australian National University constitutional law adjunct professor Peter Bailey said Ms Roxon should not have been involved in the back-door manoeuvre and doubted that her politicising of the process since the case erupted was appropriate, given her office. “It seems doubtful whether it’s appropriate for the Attorney-General to become involved in a legal process in a political way when it involves the law or the execution of the law,” Professor Bailey said. “One could say attorneys-general normally keep their distance a bit from litigants.”
After the government reached a $50,000 settlement with Mr Ashby last week, Ms Roxon faced claims from the staffer’s legal team that she had defamed and victimised him and was in contempt of court by repeating earlier claims against him.
In June, she attacked Mr Ashby’s claim as being politically formulated by the Coalition to hurt Mr Slipper.
Now she has made a statement in regard to a court case, that had yet to appear before a court, and as the first law officer of the Commonwealth, she is in fact trying to influence the outcome of the case, for someone in her position should simply be saying she cannot remark on something that is before the court. This is not the first instance of this occurring and makes you ask the question is this a case of intimidatory tactics by Ms Roxon, or is she really unable to understand the intricacies and ethics of the Portfolio?