Good riddance, George

I am personally very pleased to see the back of one our worst ever Attorneys-General, George Brandis QC.  He achieved absolutely nothing and personally (and possibly deliberately) sunk the amendments to Section 18C.

He has hung around as a Senator for which he was paid while waiting to take up his undeserved prize of Australian High Commissioner to the UK, with fancy house in which to live.

At his pointless Valedictory Dinner this week, he made this snippy but completely incoherent remark:

Increasingly in recent years powerful elements of right-wing politics have abandoned both liberalism’s concern for the rights of the individual and conservatism’s respect for institutions, in favour of a belligerent, intolerant populism which shows no respect for either the rights of individual citizens or the traditional institutions which protect them … We have seen the development of right-wing post-modernism: a set of attitudes which had its origin in the authoritarian mind of the left has been translated right across the political spectrum. This presents a threat both to liberalism and conservatism, and a profound challenge to the Liberal Party as the custodian of those philosophical traditions.

What does this even mean?  Verbose sludge probably aimed at Peter Dutton, Corey Bernardi and Pauline Hansen.

Here’s the thing, George: you did more to undermine the rights of individual citizens when you were AG and part of the government than anyone else within living memory.  And as for traditional institutions?  Do you include the Australian Human Rights Commission in that category?

In sum: good riddance, George.

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70 Responses to Good riddance, George

  1. Leigh Lowe

    Increasingly in recent years people like myself and Malcolm have aligned ourselves with powerful elements of leftright-wing politics and have abandoned both liberalism’s concern for the rights of the individual and conservatism’s respect for institutions, in favour of a belligerent, intolerant politically correct populism which shows no respect for either the rights of individual citizens or the traditional institutions which protect them … remember those racist good ole boys from QUT? That was my finest hour.

  2. Leigh Lowe

    Farewell, Phallictic Cranium.

  3. Exit Stage Right

    Three cheers for Judith. What a pompous do nothing, entitled white male. Hopefully the amount of damage he can do with his new appointment will be limited to spouting bullshit at embassy piss ups.

  4. candy

    Not much grace shown by someone on their way to a prestigious job involving high level diplomacy.

  5. Rafe

    What a dreadful advertisement for Australia to send to London.
    Like a modern day remittance man.

  6. Rafe;
    Perhaps it’s a form of revenge?

  7. jupes

    Well said Judith.

    What’s the chance this will be published in the Australian?

  8. H B Bear

    In sum: good riddance, George.

    Hear hear. One of the worst.

    The electoral destruction of the Lieboral Party cannot come soon enough.

  9. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    George, high on the hog.
    Oink, oink.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if he just filled up and kept his mouth closed.

  10. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Just another lyin’ compromised professional parasite.

  11. Confused Old Misfit

    One is really sorry for the man.
    He believes, believes to the (very shallow) depths of his soul that he is righteous. I doubt he has ever had a nano-second of self reflection in his entire life. He will go to his grave secure in the self knowledge that has has made a huge contribution to Australia.
    He will be forgotten.

  12. Pyrmonter

    No.

    Re-read those remarks until you comprehend them.

    Brandis may be criticised for being ineffectual – personally I think he should have pushed harder for traditional liberty; and should have ensured the Securency proceedings were conducted in full public glare, rather than behind a super-injunction – but he’s head and shoulders above his labour predecessors, and several of the Liberals.

    He’s correct on this bizarre development on the ‘right’ that sees the separation of powered and the rule of law as a bug, not a feature in true institutions of a liberal state.

  13. Rohan

    Empire GTHO Phase III
    #2631223, posted on February 8, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Just another lyin’ compromised professional parasite.

    Well, he is a lawyer.

  14. sisypus

    Another case of kicking the useless and incompetent upstairs.

  15. H B Bear

    … but he’s head and shoulders above his labour predecessors, and several of the Liberals.

    Nanny Roxon, Dreyfus, Lavarch, Ruddock … high praise indeed.

  16. Habib

    The old kapok-cruncher really was a huge disappointment, wasn’t he? Almost bad enough to have scored silk from a labor government. Like most other portfolios, i really fail to see how that blithering idiot and bedwetting embarrassment Dreyfuss could be measurably worse.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ah well, London is now taken.
    Malcolm will have to offer Barnaby the ambassadorship to France instead.
    Paris is, after all, the city of love.

  18. Mak Siccar

    Brandis is a classic example of what is wrong with Australian politics and politicians at the moment. And they probably wonder why so many aussies despise them.

  19. Habib

    Send the bastard home to Woolingtoon. He’d be right at home with the incumbents.

  20. anonandon

    I’m surprised he didn’t burst into tears. He was all about “feelings” most of the time in the Senate.

  21. rickw

    He has hung around as a Senator for which he was paid while waiting to take up his undeserved prize of Australian High Commissioner to the UK, with fancy house in which to live.

    Movements of Politicians to The Bureaucracy and to International Agencies should be restricted.

    Politicians should only be able to take up these roles after 10 years out of Politics.

    This would smash up the smug mutual aid somewhat.

  22. John Constantine

    Can filthgeorge brandfilth betray Brexit?.

    Imagine the eternal worming and undermining of the interests of the West that the oozing cultural Marxist can get up to in London.

  23. Leigh Lowe

    John Constantine

    #2631280, posted on February 8, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Can filthgeorge brandfilth betray Brexit?.

    Imagine the eternal worming and undermining of the interests of the West that the oozing cultural Marxist can get up to in London.

    What a life.
    Wimbledon … Ascot … imaginary nights on the piss with Trump campaign workers.

  24. Leigh Lowe

    George is going to London?
    Who will take Christopher to the mid-winter ball?

  25. That passage reminds me of an interview with Jordan Petersen.
    In connection with Justine Trudeau’s idiotic interruption to a request from a very knowledgeable young lady, to correct her use of the word ‘mankind’. The interviewer asked Jordan “What was Trudeau thinking?”
    To which Jordan replied “Trudeau is incapable of thought. He simply runs some sort of ideological subroutine in his head and blurts out whatever words he remembers”, or words to that effect.
    Brandis is also incapable of thought, for the very same reason.

  26. mh

    … his undeserved prize of Australian High Commissioner to the UK

    George of the Bungle should simply have retired. Or do anything where he can do no harm.

    Joe Hockey was also undeserving of his role as Australian Ambassador to the United States. When Trump was elected to President, the Australian government had to go through Greg Norman to get the President’s phone number.

  27. Pyrmonter

    To which of the following Diaries and OpEds do the Cats object, and why?

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/author/george-brandis/

  28. herodotus

    a profound challenge to the Liberal Party as the custodian of those philosophical traditions.

    The profound challenge to the Liberal Party was entirely down to those aligned with the wet left and Trumbull. That’s how you get to within one seat of losing government after having a healthy majority.

  29. jupes

    Like most other portfolios, i really fail to see how that blithering idiot and bedwetting embarrassment Dreyfuss could be measurably worse.

    Brandis and Dreyfuss: Peas in a pod.

  30. Hamish Marshall

    Thankyou Judith,

    on the money again!

  31. Habib

    term limits of 2, and ineligible for any government or qango position upon exit.

    The new bourbons need a bloody good lopping.

  32. thefrolickingmole

    Im still fond of the old Irish traditions..

    Bog bodies are kings sacrificed by Celts

    Clonycavan Man was little more than 5 ft and used pine resin to keep his hair in place.

    Kelly says Old Croghan Man died horribly, having holes cut in his upper arms through which a rope was pulled through in order to restrain him. He was stabbed repeatedly and he had his nipples sliced before he was finally cut in half.

    Clonycavan Man was disemboweled and struck three times across the head with an ax and once across the body and also had his nipples cut.

    Cutting the nipples was more than torture. The aim was to dethrone the king. “Sucking a king’s nipples was a gesture of submission in ancient Ireland,” says Kelly. “Cutting them would have made him incapable of kingship in this world or the next.”

    “By using a range of methods to kill the victim, the ancient Irish sacrificed to the goddess in all her forms. This manner of death is peculiar to the ritual killing of kings. It means that a king was being decommissioned.”

    We should decommission our ex pollies much the same way.

  33. Jef

    Turnbull will have a role in Brandis’ appointment I would imagine. .another “good” decision by Turnbull. This man just does not stop giving ? When do we see the end of him ?..just cannot wait.

  34. Tintarella di Luna

    Amen to that Judith. Furthermore George surrounded himself with intellectually indolent staff who, of course, took their cues from this pompous oaf.

  35. Siltstone

    To which of the following Diaries and OpEds do the Cats object, and why?

    Bedwetter Brandis loves to talk about himself and if he had stuck to writing about himself in The Spectator and never been A-G, Australia would have been better of.

  36. Turtle of WA

    What does he even mean? Utter twaddle.

  37. Megan

    I’m all for the decommissioning of the terminally useless in politics, of which old Georgy Boy is a shining example.
    Yet another example of being massively rewarded for failure, a clear feature of Australian politics, it’s bureaucracy, and it’s corporate sector. Not sure what it will take to reset it but it cannot come soon enough.

  38. Tintarella di Luna

    Not sure what it will take to reset it but it cannot come soon enough.

    We need an Australian Trump – can’t see one on the horizon though

  39. candy

    I wonder if it was his filing cabinet that found its way to the op shop.

    He seems like a chap who would lose keys regularly and forget where he put stuff.

  40. old bloke

    In sum: good riddance, George.

    Yes, exactly that.

  41. Peter

    Kind of ironic that for a guy who was so disliked and derided by the Left as being someone who looked and sounded like an “old white man” he was to turn out to be nothing more than another bloody left wing sheep in wolf’s clothing.
    With people like him around it is no wonder voters are turning from traditional parties in droves. And deservedly so. Moreover I get heartily sick of politicians like him who denounce anything they disagree with as “populist”. I guess that all you have left when you piss off so many of your own constituents, is to call those who actually agree with your erstwhile voters “populists”. I cannot think of any other reason why a participant in a democratic system (and who is supposed to enact the popular will) would be so dismissive of those who actually understand this.

  42. Delta A

    I’m surprised he didn’t burst into tears.

    Toddlers resort to tears to gain sympathy and advantage. They grow out of the ruse by mid-primary school, because they realise it is ineffectual and, in fact, demeaning.

    Unfortunately, pollie-blubbing is on the rise. We saw a prime example of it in Parliament yesterday, when Lamb simultaneously tugged at the heartstrings and played for an Oscar.

    Brandis was a master snuffler, bringing out the tissues to signal the wealth of his humanity. He will not be missed.

  43. Glynn

    Brandis should not have been rewarded with a plum job in the UK. He failed as Attorney General, he betrayed the Liberal base and achieved very little during his time in parliament. He had the audacity to spend huge amounts of taxpayer money on books for his library fetish and will continue to milk Australian taxpayers in the UK.

  44. JohnA

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare #2631222, posted on February 8, 2018, at 12:32 pm

    George, high on the hog.
    Oink, oink.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if he just filled up and kept his mouth closed.

    Demonstrating once again the wisdom of the dictum:
    “Better to remain silent and let others wonder at your stupidity than to speak up and remove all doubt.”

  45. Jo Smyth

    Thank you Judith. My sentiments exactly.

  46. Rayvic

    There is another major blot on his performance as AG.

    George Brandis was grossly negligent in the way he conducted passage of the same-sex marriage legislation. He went out of his way to overlook the adverse consequences for the basic freedoms of speech, conscience and religion, and for parental rights. This was despite the warnings given about their substantial suppression in other countries where SSM had been legalised, by conservatives and the early-2017 Senate committee hearing, and the warnings given by SSM activists whose Leftist agenda is to press for these basic freedoms to be curtailed and to promote the ‘normalisation’ of homosexuality.

    Unfortunately, we have not got rid of George Brandis completely. He may go out of sight, but remains a significant ongoing expense that has to be borne by taxpayers.

  47. Perfidious Albino

    Who will take Christopher AT the mid-winter ball?

    Your welcome.

  48. mh

    Greens give Brandis a standing ovation:

  49. James Hargrave

    Met him once, briefly; that was enough.

    But why inflict him on us at a time when, if we in the UK ever manage a proper extraction from the jaws of ‘Europe’, we hope for a recrudescence of our natural overseas relationships?

  50. Tel

    It’s been massively confusing having both a Brandis and a Bandt in the same building, especially when they both act like prissy prima donnas. I’m not going to wring hands over the loss of either or both, but what I am worried about is finding a quality replacement.

    We have been fishing at the shallow end of the talent pool for too long. There’s nearly 30 million people in this country so why are our leadership so consistently crap? I understand not everyone is cut out to be a politician, but how hard can it be?

  51. Titch

    I still can’t work out how he passed his basic Uni exams to become a legal eagle. The man is a complete wanker. I do wonder what his “connections” were that he got to where he did. It sure wasn’t on his intellectual ability or his skill as as a person who had a proper understanding of what makes the world go around. Nasty little man, nothing more, nothing less.

  52. Exit Stage Right

    Come on Tel, you know the answer as to why we have crap politicians and they come from the shallow end.. It is the two party system where they pay no heed whatsoever to the populis. Who’s turn is it next for pre-selection? Based entirely on party factions, not the will of the people. Wayne Swan is a perfect example of someone who came up through the system-never done a real job in his life, but now the Labor Liars are putting him up as National President of the Liars Party. Worlds Greatest Treasure-FMD! Can’t get much shallower than Wayne Swansteen!

  53. ESR:

    Worlds Greatest Treasure-FMD!

    Treasure works as well, if sarcasm was your aim.

  54. Robbo

    Brandis is a puffed up pillock and I object to him being given the prize of High Commissioner to the UK. It is typical of Turnbull to reward such a waste of space.

  55. 132andBush


    We need an Australian Trump – can’t see one on the horizon though

    We do, warts and all.
    Before that can happen in this country the MSM needs to be “detonated”, starting with their ABC (Rabzed to the ground).

  56. BorisG

    We need an Australian Trump – can’t see one on the horizon though

    why not through a presidential republic?

  57. the sting

    As usual Judith your are correct . Does our former AG need reminding that during debate on the homosexual marriage bill in Parliament , several Coalition MPs using their freedom of conscience , crossed the floor to vote with Greens/Labor AGAINST freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of religion . This happened on George Brandis ‘ watch and is an example of extreme hypocrisy .

  58. the sting

    As usual Judith you are correct . Does our former AG need reminding that during debate on the homosexual marriage bill in Parliament , several Coalition MPs using their freedom of conscience , crossed the floor to vote with Greens/Labor AGAINST freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of religion . This happened on George Brandis ‘ watch and is an example of extreme hypocrisy .

  59. Tel

    Exit Stage Right #2631771,

    Minor parties can do OK in Australia. Pea Hon is hanging in there, and Lambie came up from nowhere with a bit of help from Big Clive but basically no run up, just stuck her name on the list and people voted for her. I think these type of people provide good counterbalance to put limits on the damage the major parties can do, but Lambie isn’t exactly leadership material.

    The best explanation is that the news media are so darn annoying that quality candidates just don’t want to have their lives destroyed by that. Maybe when all privacy is gone (as it surely will be in due time) this will no longer be a factor.

  60. TP

    ‘Everyone has the right to be a bigot”. A statement deliberately chosen ( by Turnbull & Pyne ) to scuttle Abbott’s attempt to fix 18C. His reward – Australian High Commissioner to the UK. Disgraceful.

  61. Helen

    I will never forgive his 18C comment on the floor,
    ”people have a right to be bigots’., which effectively killed it stone dead. With any luck he will be caught walking on London Bridge one day. (not a death threat)

  62. JohnA

    Helen #2632122, posted on February 9, 2018, at 10:11 am

    I will never forgive his 18C comment on the floor,
    ”people have a right to be bigots’., which effectively killed it stone dead. With any luck he will be caught walking on London Bridge one day. (not a death threat)

    Maybe we can hope for some legal process that leads to a walk into the Tower of London…

  63. Boambee John

    Peter at 1720 yesterday

    Moreover I get heartily sick of politicians like him who denounce anything they disagree with as “populist”.

    If the polls agree with what you want to do, that is “the will of the people”.

    If the polls favour what you do not want to do, that is “cheap populism”.

  64. Malcolm Thomas

    Spot on Judith.

  65. classical_hero

    Who needs the Labor party when you get all you want from the Liberals?

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