The three Turnbull Government ministers who correctly criticised Victorian judges over inadequate sentencing of terrorists have supposedly avoided contempt charges after they unreservedly apologised for their comments.
The capitulating trio, who were not in court, said in a statement through their barrister Stephen Donaghue QC, that they apologised for their language used in an article in The Australian newspaper on June 13, where they accused the Victorian judiciary in general of being "soft on terrorism".
After the Ministers had withdrawn all comments, one aggrieved little snowflake of a judge bleated, “…but where’s our apology?”
“We (the Ministers) offer that apology now,” Mr Donaghue said last Friday.
Had the Government remained with Abbott’s majority those three arrogant Federal appellate court judges would not have received any withdrawal of comments, let alone an apology.
Poor little darlings! These biased bastards knew that Turnbull would not have a Minister risking a contempt charge and pushed their flawed case to the limit. Next they will want a "sorry" from Rudd, replete with quivering lip and tear drops.
Of course the Bench at the time was considering a case on appeal but the ministers’ comments never alluded to that case or any other particular case and referred only to Victorian judges’ past biased judgments. Something we are all justifiably and legally permitted to do.
"Contempt" was never a factor and the judges knew it! But it was a terrific opportunity to embarrass a weak Turnbull Government and the Left Bench was not about to pass it up.
And Turnbull was not about to back his Ministers.
He can suffer embarrassment better than what he thinks might be “potential” oblivion by a factor of one.
He cannot afford to lose that one seat in a by-election with his current numbers. One is all he tenuously governs on now.
Why didn’t Turnbull call their bluff? The answer is that in Turnbull’s world, politics supersedes propriety every time, and he wasn’t about to risk his own skin despite a case of contempt of court being outright bullshit.
The judiciary has always been biased to the Left and it always will be because it evolves and develops in a university world of Marxist make-believe.
If Turnbull had any testicular fortitude he would have phoned the judges and told them to go take a long walk off a short pier.
They would have backed down.