Colonel Quigley

This extraordinary language is usually heard from a uniformed Latin-American wearing aviators and a beret:

We’ve got to unleash the left hook today. We’ve got to knock him down today. There is too much at risk for all Western Australians for namby-pamby inquiries.”

– WA Attorney-Gauleiter John Quigley also boasts today that his rogue “law” will deny
Clive Palmer natural justice and recourse to freedom of information (FOI)

 
Meanwhile, the “Jewish lobby” does what it seems to do best: spring into action to defend left-wing extremism:

 
Sorry, lobby, but you’re the dickheads on this – and don’t shield your cowardice behind Diggers. Mr Palmer can lay it on thick but this thuggish travesty is no small thing. Contempt for the rule of law on this scale is indeed a known historical cause and portent of totalitarian enormity. Have the decency to say so.

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38 Responses to Colonel Quigley

  1. Ozman

    Propaganda.
    Dictatorship.
    Changing laws.
    Boots on the ground.
    Have this happened before?
    ‘ocaust.

  2. Archivist

    “We’ve got to unleash the left hook today. We’ve got to knock him down today.”

    This, referring to a private citizen who wants to exercise his legal rights.
    Yet the private citizen, not the government, is the “dickhead.”

    If he wasn’t wronged, then great. Let’s see it play out in court.

  3. Lee

    Did Palmer actually make any reference to the “Holocaust,” or are words being put into his mouth, as with PDT?
    It’s a big jump from comparing the WA government’s actions to Nazi Germany’s to “weaponising the Holocaust.”
    Plenty of conservatives and right wingers have been called “Hitler”, “Nazis” or “neo-Nazis” (nearly always highly inaccurately and very unfairly) by lefties. Are those same lefties also “weaponising the Holocaust,” and if so, why hasn’t this “lobby” called them out, or are they hypocrites?
    By the way, I am no fan of Clive Palmer, and think he comes across a bit too strong and as a buffoon occasionally, but I think that what the WA government are trying to do is outrageous.

    f Palmer comparedsaid, but I never heard

  4. Michel Lasouris

    Quigley “boats?
    C,mon let’s not waste any sympathy on this block head Palmer

  5. Archivist

    C,mon let’s not waste any sympathy on this block head Palmer

    How about sympathy for the rule of law?
    Rights are for people you don’t like, as well as for people you do like.

  6. Infidel Tiger King

    The Jooish community would have a lot better public perception without their “lobbyists”.

    As for what is happening in WA, we are looking at one of the grand stitch ups.

    For two months we have been bombarded with anti-Clive propaganda around the border closure. Now it is clear as daylight what the real aim was: Sic public opinion against him and then institute legal changes that are dangerous and a sovereign risk with full support of the public who have been played bigly.

  7. Speedbox

    Read this elsewhere and hard not to disagree. Palmer may be a bit of a lunatic but I can’t see how the new law will survive the High Court.:

    (The new law) …. is directly and expressly targeting Palmer, his mining company Mineralogy Pty Ltd, and the ongoing dispute over the Balmoral South iron ore project.

    It terminates the ongoing arbitration, invalidates existing arbtiration agreements, voids existing arbitral awards, prevents further legal proceedings or appeals, protects the state from any liability of any sort in relation to the dispute (including any criminal liability), and obliges Palmer and his companies to indemnify the state.

    The rules of natural justice and freedom of information laws are expressly stated not to apply.

    There are a number of concerns with the government’s actions. First, this approach undermines both the rule of law and separation of powers, which are foundational pillars of our Westminster system of government.

    It also creates sovereign risk. The premier has sought to downplay this by reassuring the resources sector this is a one-time-only exceptional case.

    But how could it realistically not change the risk calculation made by potential investors? If the government shows it is prepared to intervene in this way once, how could anybody be 100% sure that they wouldn’t be prepared to do it again?

    Another concern is the singling out of Palmer by the law. While he is may be an unpopular figure in WA and an enthusiastic litigant, drafting specific laws to target named individuals is never a good idea and undermines the principle of equality before the law. Laws should not be drafted to target specific individuals, no matter who they are.

  8. Struth

    How much fun are we having?
    Each day brings new joys.

    And it’s a lovely day in Melbourne as well.

  9. Mother Lode

    While the reference to concentration camps was a bit hysterical how many times have politicians on the right been actually called Hit-Ler?

    The Jooish lobby seem to feel a certain proprietorship of the holocaust and they will dictate how and when it can be referred to. While Jooz certainly have a particular painful connection to it, the lobby is using it like a lobbying tactic.

    I don’t particularly like Fat Bastard, but people I don’t like are still entitled to their rights under the law. And all of this started with a state government not wanting to be held liable for what they have done, even if it was done when the other guys are in office. They run for office knowing they will be responsible for things their predecessors did.

  10. duncanm

    The conversation publishes something useful for once:.

    bte – here’s a link to the bill.

  11. John64

    I never thought I’d see the day when I came down on Clive Palmer’s side on any issue; however, these are strange times indeed.

    You’d reckon Cloive is busy lawyering up (even more so than usual) and getting ready to head off to the High Court.

  12. Slim Cognito

    A search of the Law Council of Australia website for “Clive Palmer” returns no results. There is however, a press release calling for kids to be removed from Nauru. That speaks volumes.

  13. Lee

    While the reference to concentration camps was a bit hysterical how many times have politicians on the right been actually called Hit-Ler?

    PDT was explicitly referred to as (or compared to) Hitler by many lefties for supposedly suggesting the U.S. election be delayed a bit because of the pandemic.
    When the left’s idol, Jacinda Ardern, was actually considering doing the same thing in NZ, crickets, or “you go, girl, whatever you think is best!” from her supporters. No comparisons with Hitler there.

  14. RobertS

    I listened on the radio to that ABC p**f**r Hamish McDonald whining to Clive about how he was going to tear money off ordinary WA taxpayers to the tune of $30 billion. Clive acquitted himself very well.
    I hope he teaches those bastards a lesson.

  15. John64

    I listened on the radio to that ABC p**f**r Hamish McDonald whining to Clive about how he was going to tear money off ordinary WA taxpayers to the tune of $30 billion. Clive acquitted himself very well.

    I heard it.

    Risible for an ABC employee to have a crack at anyone with the line that “ultimately the taxpayers will have to pay”.

    Cloive terminated the interview (goodbye – click) when McDonald asked what he thought of the West Australian’s front pages depicting him as Dr. Evil and a cane toad.

  16. Megan

    Is it likely to cost WA taxpayers far, far more if it goes to the HC and the Fat Bastard wins? Are WA taxpayers clear on this?

  17. Robbo

    Exactly what passes for decent lawmaking in Western Australia? Certainly not this piece of disgraceful Government theft by McGowan and his chief thief Quigley. I hold no brief for Clive Palmer but I certainly do not support this disgusting and immoral attack on his rights, and his wealth, by a conniving and scheming socialist regime. If the WA government proceeds with is legislation and manages to ram it through Parliament then it is almost certainly going to lose an appeal to the High Court and the cost of that will be shouldered by WA taxpayers for some decades. Voters in WA need to voice their concerns loud and long in demanding that their government stop this madness.

  18. Cassie of Sydney

    “The Jooish community would have a lot better public perception without their “lobbyists”.”

    I agree and I’m Jooooish.

  19. Megan

    If the WA government proceeds with is legislation and manages to ram it through Parliament then it is almost certainly going to lose an appeal to the High Court and the cost of that will be shouldered by WA taxpayers for some decades.

    So, Colonel Quigley is simply delaying the inevitable while trying to look like a hero when he’s actually a brain dead, worse than useless, waste of space.

  20. H B Bear

    Speedbox – where is that quote lifted from?

    Courts have been known to have a peek under the blindfold from time to time. At law school they used a case excusing the British Government for negligence following the death of a sailor when a submarine dived with a hatch open during WWII.

  21. H B Bear

    Lot of people seem to think they know which way the High Court will jump before they get there. I guess that is what keeps the lawyers in business.

  22. Charles Rasp

    Jeez, Cats have got their hackles up, defending one individual who wants to ruin our quarantine island in WA just because he has stashes of dough, got his fat nose out of joint, and enjoys litigation as a hobby. The border closure is immensely popular in WA and in this current weird world, the rights of many to a virus-free home and workplace should have priority over the legal dabblings of a so-called billionaire. Quiggles is a self-righteous pratt, and his proposed bill is rubbish, but he’s going nuclear because the so-called billionaire has gone nuclear.

    The border is going to stay closed, no matter what the so-called billionaire thinks, and possibly even no matter what the high court says, if we the people get a say ….

    No comments on the N-zi rubbish … juvenile and petty comment as usual.

  23. g

    The border is going to stay closed, no matter what the so-called billionaire thinks, and possibly even no matter what the high court says, if we the people get a say ….

    How do you know the border will stay closed? Please enlighten us…

    And you won’t get a say, as Quiggles wouldn’t be doing what he’s planning to do if he cared about what Joe Citizen thinks.

  24. Davey Boy

    even if Clive Baby wins in Court, Labor has much form in changing laws to suit themselves, plenty of examples, here’s one from NSW

    Act 1: Backyard legal team that laid a multinational to waste
    Mr Drake, from Granville, and Mr Brzoson, from Auburn, last week beat a multinational company and the NSW Government by stopping the construction of a waste transfer station behind their homes at Clyde.

    Act 2: Parliament rolls court on waste
    The Premier yesterday moved to override a court decision that threatened the future of the Government’s waste disposal plans.
    Supported by the Opposition, Bob Carr introduced legislation to override a Land and Environment Court ruling this month against government consent for a new waste transfer plant at Clyde.

    plus ça change

  25. What happened to rule-of-law?
    Is the Australian Constitution now rendered null and void because of Covid-19?

  26. harrys on the boat

    Does Quigley have AIDS?

  27. Davey Boy

    Act 3: Woman hit by semi-trailer and killed along Sydney’s busy Parramatta Rd

    Woman struck and killed by a truck pulling out of the entrance to Clyde waste transfer station. One of the arguments that produced a win in Act 1 (see above), was the court agreeing that a significant increase in the number of truck movements represented a risk to pedestrians

    more blood on Labor’s hands, imo.

  28. Speedbox

    H B Bear
    #3547547, posted on August 14, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    It was from The Conversation.

    duncanm #3547493, posted on August 14, 2020 at 2:15 pm has subsequently posted a link.

  29. Struth

    The border is going to stay closed, no matter what the so-called billionaire thinks, and possibly even no matter what the high court says, if we the people get a say ….

    Well you better stop the thousand plus Truckies a week coming in from Melbourne, you Dumb bastard.

    You pricks love to shut down your states except for trucks.

    I’m starting to grow tired of the insulated urban fuckwits of this world.

  30. Struth

    Do the job properly big talking Charlie, shut it down tight.
    See how you go.
    And then when you starve, because you’ll need more than wheat, you’ll open up.
    And even if you open up , everyone in WA cave man style poverty stricken, guess what’ll be waiting for you, COVID

    BOO

    Coronaphobia really fucks with the cognitive system the most.

  31. Archivist

    Charlie (“Charles Rasp” above) is a troll.
    An authoritarian, tough-talking troll.

  32. nb

    ‘There is too much at risk for all Western Australians for namby-pamby inquiries.’
    ‘Don’t you worry about that.’

  33. H B Bear

    Speedbox – thanks. I don’t generally make a point of reading The Conversation. I’m a bit over experts. I have a feeling that a “pure” legal reading of this is possibly not the right way to go, although clearly Quigley and Sneakers are running scared and prepared to burn a bit of political capital in the process. As usual, Colin Barnett is MIA.

  34. Judge Dredd

    Some Joos pushing left-wing ideology that undermines western nations as they own all the media, federal banks, and line the pockets of western political leaders all over the world? Who would have thought.
    No all Joos though.

  35. Trader Perth

    I’m a West aussie and I love Clive. Clive is the only Aussie who has taken the state Govt. to the High Court to challenge the WA border closure. WA has used the ‘Emergency act and the Health act ‘ to close those borders. I for one want to know if thoses acts over ride the constitution. Having said that the borders are not closed solid but you need a permit to get in.Let the court decide if its legal.

  36. H B Bear

    Barnett’s ego is about the size of Palmers. I wouldn’t put a $30 bn stuff-up beyond him.

  37. Trader Perth

    Ohhh..Did the libs help labor pass the bill to thwart Clive?

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