I have to say that personally I feel very sad about the situation that Craig Thomson and his family find themselves in, as a result of the magistrates “Guilty” verdict.
And although I’ve never been a fan of Peter Slipper, (having said that, I did think he did a pretty good job as speaker, and was light years ahead of the current incompetent ) I also feel for him and his family, for what they’ve been through at the hands of a manipulated political and legal system.
IMHO, both of these cases are symptomatic of a misused and broken system, fully exploited for maximum political gain… Now who would do such a thing?
The truth is that in this country, in the 21st century, the justice that’s available to each one of us is determined by;
- Who we know, and how well we’re connected.
- What socioeconomic demographic we belong to.
- Whether the media takes an interest, or not, in our case.
- How well connected our enemies/accusers are.
- And the biggest and most common reason why we can’t get justice… The size of our bank balance! 😦
So despite all the rhetoric about a fair and equitable justice system (mainly from the legal fraternity) the reality for many of us is, that we get the justice that we can afford. 😯
In C T’s case, he took the riskier and cheaper option, primarily because he could not afford to go to trial. The upshot being that he could not present the evidence that, in a fair, trial, may well have delivered a different result.
I won’t indulge in speculation on Slippers case, as it’s still in the system, but I will say that I find it passing strange that Ashby, Doane and Brough were all deeply connected to a scheme to bring down a duly elected government, according to Justice Steven Rares “Ashbygate” determination, and yet the AFP WILL NOT investigate it?
But they can start investigations and mount raids on solicitors offices, or channel 7 at the drop of a hat!….. Mmmm? 😉
Then we have another player in the HSU saga, and Tony Abbott’s favourite whistle blower, one K Jackson.
With the announcement yesterday, by Chrissy Pyne, that the LNP will jump on the opportunity to score a few more political points in their personal vendetta against the workers, (through their attacks on said workers industrial representatives) and apologise to those named by Thomson under parliamentary privilege, we see true LNP priority.
That is to cut spending on health, education and services in the name of “fiscal responsibility”, and being “careful” with tax payers money, whilst wasting hundreds of millions of tax payers $’s to pursue an ongoing LNP vendetta against unions, with the sole purpose of shoring up their own electoral prospects, by tying up union focus and funds in the courts, thereby reducing their ability to support the ALP!
But I digress 😉
Sadly, Shorten also jumped on the bandwagon, along with many from the ALP, to dump on Thomson, rather than risk further accusations of supporting corrupt union officials, even though Thomson still has the right of appeal.
And where does the apology stand, if ;
- Thomson is exonerated on appeal?
- Jackson and the othes named are charged and found guilty of fraud and corruption?
- Jackson’s links to the LNP are exposed?
Now I know that there is also the possibility that due to her ties to the LNP, Jackson may well have been offered some kind of prosecution immunity, in an under the counter deal for supporting their (The LNP) union bashing ideology. And you only have to look at the Credlin DUI case to clearly see that Brandis and the LNP have form in manipulating the legal system, to get the outcomes that suit them!
WRT the Parliamentary Apology, there is also the distinct possibility that it may be part of a cynical, political, exercise, by the LNP, to undermine any future action taken against Abbott’s “hero”, Jackson, and protect their own arses in the process.
As I see it, there’s four possible scenarios for Jackson;
- Jackson is charged, tried and found guilty, with major implications for the LNP.
- Jackson is charged, but due to political pressure charges are dismissed.
- There is also the possibility that Jackson has been working on her own plan “B”, just in case charges are forthcoming, and that could be a plea of “Diminished Responsibility” or “Temporary Insanity”, backed up by her recent sojourns in mental institutions?
- Jackson is not charged with anything, and gets off scot free!
With the wealth of evidence against Jackson, and others, the fact that #4 is even a possibility, clearly shows that the system is broken, as the allegations against her MUST be tested in a court of law.
The worry for us, the Australian public, is that with Brandis and the LNP prepared to use the law as their own personal plaything, and Newman’s “VLAD” laws stripping away the civil rights of ordinary people, it is getting harder and more expensive to achieve real justice.
So if relatively well paid MP’s like Thomson and Slipper struggle to afford true justice, the question arrises; “What chance do the rest of us stand?” , and sadly the answer is;
The truth is;
We as individuals only have access to a legal system, and through that system we BUY access to the Justice system, and consequently, only get the justice we can afford:
And it is a sad indictment on our society, that the majority cannot afford…
“The cost of justice!”