Gosh. Turns out the law also applies to Ultimo aristocrats

Breaking: AFP warrants used to raid ABC valid, Federal Court rules.

The national broadcaster has been ordered to pay costs. Which means you are paying costs. The ABC acquired and used stolen property to illegally slander combat veterans, were raided by police investigating the broader crime and then used taxpayers’ money to buy their way out of trouble. The bill is being sent to you. Meanwhile, the ABC gives generous space this morning to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr who strenuousy opposes the Morrison government’s religious freedom bill:


“Why you would enshrine in legislation a particular privilege for a group of people to be able to espouse a view that will offend many, and to grant that legal privilege? [It] just seems extraordinary in 2020″ …

“I have no problem with people following whichever religious faith that they wish to.

My concern is when people seek to impose their faith and those views on others.”

 
That describes perfectly how the ABC sees itself. As welcome as today’s Federal Court decision is, we still await criminal charges and arrests. If you or I received such classified material and crowed about the fact – while also publishing our version of what it supposedly proved – we would be prosecuted and jailed. So will the Morrison government have the guts to pursue this all the way? Of course not.

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29 Responses to Gosh. Turns out the law also applies to Ultimo aristocrats

  1. stackja

    ABC case against AFP raids dismissed
    The ABC has failed in its legal bid to block federal police poring over documents collected in a controversial raid on the public broadcaster

    The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    February 17, 2020 10:00am

    The ABC has failed in its legal bid to block federal police poring over documents collected in a controversial raid on the public broadcaster.

    The Australian Federal Police raided the ABC’s central Sydney offices last year over news reports in 2017 that revealed Australian defence personnel may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

    The national broadcaster argued it was “legally unreasonable” for federal police to seek a warrant to search its head office and for a registrar to grant it.

    The case was dismissed in the Federal Court on Monday morning.

    The stories, dubbed the “Afghan files”, were based on leaked Defence papers.

  2. V

    Good thing we wasted all that taxpayer money fighting the court case……..

  3. Adelagado

    stackja
    #3325973, posted on February 17, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I am shocked!

    Yes, we get the impression the courts just rubber stamp any orders from the lefties these days. Nice to see them put back in their box for a change, but it was a pretty straight forward ‘national security’ case I would have thought.

  4. Slim Cognito

    Remember they are paying their own lawyers and now the lawyers for the crown with taxpayer dollars. It’s the same money going around in circles.

  5. Tom

    From the link:

    Federal Court Justice Wendy Abraham this morning dismissed the case and ordered the ABC to pay the costs of the other parties.

    Justice Abraham was appointed to the Federal Court last year. She’ll wonder what she did to deserve the smear later this year from the billion-dollar anti-government propaganda factory.

  6. Shy Ted

    What’s to find? Anonymous sources and quotes? They just made them up.

  7. H B Bear

    Taxpayers lose again. Suckers.

  8. stackja

    ABC news director Gaven Morris said outside court the decision was a blow to public interest journalism.

    He said he had seen the judgment in brief, and ABC executives and lawyers would go through its findings in detail.

    “These sorts of rulings are a blow to the way Australians have access to information in their society and their democracy. Urgent law reform is clearly required,” Mr Morris said.

    “It is time for some reform. It’s time to recognise that we have a right to know what goes on inside our democracy and it’s time we go on and fix it.” Mr Morris said the ABC will look into the possibility of an appeal.

    We have a right to know what goes on inside our their ABC?

  9. Tim Neilson

    “Why you would enshrine in legislation a particular privilege for a group of people to be able to espouse a view that will offend many, and to grant that legal privilege? [It] just seems extraordinary in 2020″ …

    I’m willing to compromise. Repeal 18c and all like provisions and legislate that “offence” per se isn’t a ground for any legal action whatsoever. That will ensure that no “group” gets a “particular privilege”.
    Problem solved.

    “My concern is when people seek to impose their faith and those views on others.”

    Isn’t Barr seeking to “impose” his views on all of us by making his comments? How is that different to anyone expressing a view about anything? In fact Barr is doing more “imposing” because he’s actually advocating for a particular position in relation to people’s liberties.

  10. Herodotus

    Close it down and use the billion per annum to reduce the national debt which the ABC helped to create by pushing ALP and greens into government starting 2007.

  11. Alessio

    First of all the ABC has a prescribed budget so these legal costs must come from that budget. Pity, they will have to find savings elsewhere.. maybe Q&A or Drum for dummies, unless of course Iva can flutter her lashes at Slomo. In regard to the chief twot in Canberra who hypocritically states “My concern is when people seek to impose their faith and those views on others.” when it is he trying to do such to us.

  12. Roger

    “My concern is when people seek to impose their faith and those views on others.”

    Such as when the gay agenda is forcibly imposed upon people through the threat of loss of employment & public shaming?

  13. duncanm

    The sum of all legal expenses for these sorts of cases should be deducted from the ABC’s annual budget.

    Every time they lose (what, $2Mill?) on a case, they have to cover that cost, and their budget is reduced by that amount for next year.

  14. Dr Faustus

    “My concern is when people seek to impose their faith and those views on others.”

    Such as when the gay agenda is forcibly imposed upon people through the threat of loss of employment & public shaming?

    The unselfconciousness is strong in this one…

  15. Another Ian

    “Boris to scrap BBC taxpayer funding via govt – BBC to charge subscription fee direct to viewers who want it”

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/02/boris-to-scrap-bbc-taxpayer-funding-via-govt-bbc-to-charge-subscription-fee-direct-to-viewers-who-wa.html

    Hopefully a full blown epidemic on the way.

  16. Old Lefty

    The GayBC/Barr alliance oozing ‘respect’ and ‘tolerance’ is especially nauseating: Respect as in ‘Take that, you superstitious, cretinous, bigoted Nazi Christian retard *****’.

    Imagine what would happen if Christians set out to clog the huperoffspring rights tribunals with complaints about the scatological vilification they receive day in and day out, esp. in ABC and Fairfax combines.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hopefully the AFP will raid the ABC some more.
    I recommend using the method the FBI employed for elderly Roger Stone.
    And alert Sky News beforehand like someone did CNN for the FBI swatting.
    I’m sure that the AFP will find a crime if they look hard enough.
    After all that is the approach the Left uses on people of the right.

  18. Old Lefty

    Anyone heard from Milligan screaming that we must respect the courts and anyone who questions them should be gaoled for contempt?

  19. Mother Lode

    “My concern is when people seek to impose their faith and those views on others.”

    The left have been relentless in imposing their views on others. People are in real and serious trouble if they dissent from orthodoxy. Using the coercive power of the law they will track you down and prosecute you if you say something they dislike. You are less entitled to your opinion than they are entitled to your opinion.

    Look at Izzy’s case. He said something on Instagram. Nothing really controversial, nothing unheard of, but not currently universally held. He expressed it not even as a warning, but an invitation to…share in salvation.

    RA sacked him confident they would not be challenged. They took away his livelihood and bad mouthed him every chance they got.

    Is there anything in Canberra worth saving?

  20. Another Ian

    “Is there anything in Canberra worth saving?”

    The soil? Seems it wasn’t a bad sheep station before?

    In the spirit of a friend in US who reckoned that all the bitumen of urbanisation was protecting the soil ready to be reclaimed.

  21. Beachcomber

    Tom at 10:21 am

    Justice Abraham was appointed to the Federal Court last year. She’ll wonder what she did to deserve the smear later this year from the billion-dollar anti-government propaganda factory.

    It will be very clear. The ABC will not let this go unpunished. They will stamp their boot on Justice Abraham’s face and send a clear message to the rest of their Judiciary.

  22. nb

    The ABC should consider releasing itself from the dead hand of government and fund itself by subscription. Imagine the benefits! All those people keen to give it more money, currently shackled by the taxation system. I have a slogan: ‘Free the ABC’.

  23. Your shocked, how do you think those highly stressed ABCians must feeling right now.

  24. Gerry

    How did the journalists freedom of speech things go ? Haven’t heard much about it for a while ?

  25. Bruce

    “Boris to scrap BBC taxpayer funding via govt – BBC to charge subscription fee direct to viewers who want it”

    Bringing back radio and TV licenses?

    I remember when they were a thing here is Australia.

  26. Old Lefty

    Does GayBarr regard slugging ratepayers opposed to his agenda to paint the rainbow roundabout (aka the brownabout)?

  27. Squirrel

    “The ABC acquired and used stolen property to illegally slander combat veterans”

    The ABC seems to delight in any opportunity to sink the boot into the ADF – particularly when it’s doing the messy stuff that’s required to keep us safe in a very nasty, ugly world – and then they wrap themselves in the flag on ANZAC Day, and pretend that they are as one with the men and women in uniform.

  28. Tel

    I remind all concerned that the AFP raid on the ABC was primarily a means to get the “journalists” so spill the beans about their source, which they did quite eagerly. The rest is theater.

    The purpose was to identify and reprimand the source.

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