Privy Counsellor Milligan overrules the High Court

The question: is she now in contempt? Retired Federal Circuit Court judge Stuart Lindsay answers.

Judge Lindsay also provides this precious gem of entitlement from a recent podcast:

After I had gone through the ordeal of being a witness in the Pell committal proceeding, and I had released my first book, Cardinal, and all of that, and I had done some pretty intense stories for Four Corners, including Saxon Mullins’s story, my boss, Sally Neighbour said to me, ‘I’ve got another story for you’. And I thought, ‘Oh God, what is it?’ And she’s like, ‘You’re going to do the Royals’. The Royal family. She’s like, ‘You just need a break, Louise. You need to do something that’s not really grim for a change’. And so, I did this story. I went over to the UK, and it was all about the marketing of the Royals and the finances of the Royals…

 
In other words, you, like, paid for her to have an overseas holiday as a reward for going after George Pell. Scott Morrison and the Liberals are quite happy for you to go on paying for conservative figures to be attacked and for lady journalists to be sent abroad for nervous respite.

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61 Responses to Privy Counsellor Milligan overrules the High Court

  1. Yosefu

    And I was like, yeah! And she was all like, no way! Holiday in London! Like, can you believe it?

    Whoever had to edit her book should have got the Walkley.

  2. Dot

    How hard is it to get extradited from the UK for conspiracy charges relating to justice offences in Victoria?

    Asking for a friend of a drug addled friend of mine.

  3. Cassie of Sydney

    Louse 7-0 Nilligan has no shame whatsoever….aided and abetted by their ABC…paid for by you and me.

  4. duncanm

    WTF?!

    I didn’t realise Seven Nilligan had a fireside chat with Wallington on ABC radio about the Pell allegations ten months before Wallington subsequently committed him to trial.

  5. Professor Fred Lenin

    Has anyone found where the Vatican monet was distributed and who got richer?

  6. Dot

    I didn’t realise Seven Nilligan had a fireside chat with Wallington on ABC radio about the Pell allegations ten months before Wallington subsequently committed him to trial.

    Not corrupt at all. Totally fine to not recuse herself and let Jay perjure himself.

  7. Cassie of Sydney

    “duncanm
    #3720244, posted on January 11, 2021 at 4:24 pm
    WTF?!

    I didn’t realise Seven Nilligan had a fireside chat with Wallington on ABC radio about the Pell allegations ten months before Wallington subsequently committed him to trial.”

    There was a picture taken of the two. I remember seeing the picture of the two shortly after……I can’t remember where…may have been here at the Cat. C.L. might have posted the gruesome picture. I was quite shocked and I knew immediately that Pell would be charged, committed to trial…and I knew he would never receive a fair trial. Everyone and everything was prejudiced against him. It still makes me angry.

    Craig McLachlan was very lucky with Ms Wallington of the Perpetual Feminist Grievance Sisterhood order.

  8. That was a terrific read at The Quadrant.
    Do yourself a favour.

  9. Lysander

    Has anyone found where the Vatican monet was distributed and who got richer?

    They have plenty of Da Vinci’s and Michaelangelo’s but never thought they had a Monet? 😛

  10. Bad Samaritan

    Everyone knows how petty I am, so it’ll probably come as no surprise when I let slip what part of the Quadrant article gave me cause to chuckle. This part…

    “The website says it has “ongoing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Writers Victoria and RMIT University.” Alas, these days, what good thing ever comes out of an institution with “Victoria” or “Melbourne” in its name?”

    I was already kinda considering this (in passing) when I read in the Kristallnacht thread just how easily ISPs can deplatform anyone and anything.

    Bitcoin to soon be in all our pockets, eh what?

  11. one old bruce

    Can anyone remember when local girlies said ‘goes’ instead of ‘was like’? ‘and he goes…and she goes…’)

    Kylie Mole on the TV – still some clips on the ‘net.

    What happened, how did we go from a unique Aussie idiom to wannabe Valley Girls? Social media?

  12. cuckoo

    All that’s missing is Kath Day-Knight commanding Louise to “Look at muyee, look at muyee…”

  13. Roger

    I’m still not sure if it’s arrogance or ignorance with Ms Milligan.

    Probably both.

  14. duncanm

    More on Wallington.. couldn’t even take some heat from a 70yo barrister

    Ms. Wallington asked the cardinal’s attorney Robert Richter to stop shouting at her

  15. Lysander

    I spent two years fighting for the release of Nilligan’s emails on Pell. The so-called “Right to Know” coalition at their ABC weren’t interested in transparency at all. It had to go to the FOI Commissioner who only released heavily redacted sections.

    My argument against their Nilligan/ABC was not about bias as you’re never EVER going to win that. Period.

    I simply boiled it down to one logical question: How was Nilligan able to use her insider knowledge, work experience, travel and contacts (all paid for by their ABC) to profit personal gain. In more legalese terms: How was Ms Nilligan able to use public funds and resources for personal and commercial profit?

    I believe it is a valid question that needs to be asked of any ABC “journo” who writes a private book/venture on their workplace topic of employment. At the very least, their ABC should seek a proportion of funds returned from any profits. (Although Nilligan hardly sold any so…)…

  16. Des Deskperson

    ‘And I was like, yeah! And she was all like, no way! Holiday in London! Like, can you believe it?’

    So she’s added another persona to her growing and sometimes contradictory repertoire, depending on the audience and her particular agenda :

    Oirish ‘faith and begorah’ colleen

    Tortured character out of Franck McCourt novel

    Loving, hug-your-kiddies, wife and mum

    Lapsed but nostalgic Australian Catholic

    Fearless atheist fighter for the oppressed

    and now, generation X ditz.

  17. Dot

    I simply boiled it down to one logical question: How was Nilligan able to use her insider knowledge, work experience, travel and contacts (all paid for by their ABC) to profit personal gain. In more legalese terms: How was Ms Nilligan able to use public funds and resources for personal and commercial profit?

    Yes indeed. Is she going to the UK to interview a Monet fancier?

  18. duncanm

    such a cesspool

    Vivian Waller – J’s counsel – was at Slug and Grubs at the same time as that other well known Emily’s lister, Julia Gillard.

  19. Cassie of Sydney

    “Roger
    #3720318, posted on January 11, 2021 at 5:04 pm
    I’m still not sure if it’s arrogance or ignorance with Ms Milligan.

    Probably both.”

    I think it’s arrogance combined with venal malice. Milligan isn’t ignorant….but she’s so far down the rabbit hole with this Pell hatred shtick that she can’t climb out of it. She isn’t alone of course, there are many of her ilk infested in our MSM..the usual scum at their ABC, The Project, SMH, The Age, The Malcolm Guardian etc.

    I believe one day she will get her comeuppance. Because she’s an attention whore, she’ll pick another target who won’t be as decent, as forgiving, as kind and as Christian as Cardinal George Pell.

    I’ll enjoy watching her fall.

  20. Roger

    I think it’s arrogance combined with venal malice. Milligan isn’t ignorant…

    I think, Cassie, that as with a lot of young people lightly educated in the student-centred post-modern way, she has not the slightest inkling that there are important things of which she is ignorant. But that doesn’t prevent her from have a strong opinion on them!

  21. Roger

    And I’m not excusing her, not at all.

  22. Dot

    student-centred

    Jesus christ man, get a new hobbyhorse and stay on topic, the last 100+ years of having schools like factories has made men hate education to boot.

  23. Roger

    Jesus christ man, get a new hobbyhorse and stay on topic, the last 100+ years of having schools like factories has made men hate education to boot.

    I went to a factory school, dot.

    My children didn’t.

    Somewhere in between this happened.

  24. Cassie of Sydney

    “Roger
    #3720354, posted on January 11, 2021 at 5:23 pm
    I think it’s arrogance combined with venal malice. Milligan isn’t ignorant…

    I think, Cassie, that as with a lot of young people lightly educated in the student-centred post-modern way, she has not the slightest inkling that there are important things of which she is ignorant. But that doesn’t prevent her from have a strong opinion on them!”

    Yes….as always Roger, you’ve nailed it.

  25. Roger

    Yes….as always Roger, you’ve nailed it.

    I must tell my wife you said that, Cassie.

    She’s always trying to argue with me.

    🙂

  26. Old Lefty

    Another thought about Seven Nilligan occurred to me.

    insists that the police didn’t leak to her. Well, she would say that, wouldn’t she?

    But if we allow that she is telling the truth (dubious assumption as it is), then how did she assemble a portfolio of police statements by complainants (at least eight of the them)? The only explanation I can think of is that there must have been collision among complainants and witnesses. That, if course, is highly improper. If the Victorian ‘justice’ system had a shred of integrity, it would be investigating conspiracies to pervert the course of justice.

  27. Graham

    Sadly, I do not think there is a conservative party anymore in most Western Democracies. They’ll call themselves Liberal or Tory or Republican, but just are just different faces of the same globalist coin. Democracy, as we understand it, is dead. What we have is an oligarchy bound by wealth, family ties, education and corporations.

  28. Zyconoclast

    To paraphrase

    Let them eat Cartier watches…

  29. Lee

    If the Victorian ‘justice’ system had a shred of integrity …

    It has about as much “integrity” as the Spring Street Hunchback.

  30. Boambee John

    Graham

    Democracy, as we understand it, is dead. What we have is an oligarchy bound by wealth, family ties, education and corporations

    The new aristocracy, like the old aristocracy but without the noblesse oblige. Self or maaaate selected rather than heriditary, at least in the first generation, but that soon changes.

  31. Dot

    The new boss is the old boss.

    They are mostly lawyers who have never had a real job but have legislated or grifted themselves into millionairehood.

  32. Des Deskperson

    ‘I simply boiled it down to one logical question: How was Nilligan able to use her insider knowledge, work experience, travel and contacts (all paid for by their ABC) to profit personal gain. ‘

    My understanding is that Milligan took personal leave to write her book.

    Plenty of former taxpayer-funded employees of all political persuasions – including ex-ADF – write paid books and articles based on experience and information from their previous jobs., Provided they do it their own time and don’t breach security, confidentiality or privacy constraints, than I don’t have a problem. Maybe these people should all reimburse the taxpayer.

    The same with Milligan. So long as any contact with her former colleagues was out of hours, and so long as the remote access from her (taxpater-funded) home computer to ABC data bases – something, as a ‘star’, she would have been entitled to – had been disabled, then it’s OK with me.

  33. Squirrel

    “Scott Morrison and the Liberals are quite happy for you to go on paying for conservative figures to be attacked and for lady journalists to be sent abroad for nervous respite.”

    A government which lacks the brains and the guts to deal with the wounded beast which the ABC now is will not be doing much of lasting value to deal with the other enduring problems this country faces – regardless of how long they remain in office.

    Their legacy to future LNP governments will be that they gain and exercise power only with the consent of the progressive/left establishment – of which the ABC is the keystone.

  34. notafan

    Roger

    Nilligelan isn’t ‘young’, she’s pushing fifty by my calculation.
    Absolutely no excuse, like, to be inserting, like into sentences.

  35. H B Bear

    Gotta luv that co-op life.

  36. Struth

    Sadly, I do not think there is a conservative party anymore in most Western Democracies. They’ll call themselves Liberal or Tory or Republican, but just are just different faces of the same globalist coin. Democracy, as we understand it, is dead. What we have is an oligarchy bound by wealth, family ties, education and corporations.

    Exactly.
    The people controlling this are keeping themselves in the background, but if you go looking you can find them and what they are saying. Outsiders were showing us the videos of Klaus and his mates, the UN, Gutteres, and many others, so even Sky is waking up.
    Too little, too few, too late.

  37. Old Lefty

    Kidd was better than Wallington and certainly better than Ferguson and Maxwell – at least he had the integrity to rule that the prosecution’s so-called evidence in the second (‘swimmers’) trial was inadmissible, leading to the leftist political prostitutes from the OPP having to drop the charges.

    But why did he have to pose for a trophy photo with leftist loudmouth, church-arson advocate and rabid Pell-hater Jon Faine?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/abcmelbourne/status/1123002499982430208

  38. David Brewer

    To me it all boils down to a lack of respect for the truth.

    “It” includes:

    – the desire to hurt and punish clerics whether they have done anything wrong or not
    – changing the rules of evidence to allow video trials, prevent cross-examination, and conceal the identities, histories and criminal and psychological records of accusers
    – calling accusers “victims” when that is what needs to be proved.

    A particularly blatant example of contempt for truth in this case is sliding from the idea that Pell knew about Ridsdale or others and didn’t do enough about it to assuming that Pell himself was a paedophile, or should be punished as a paedophile merely because he didn’t act sternly enough against other paedophiles. The ABC in particular pushes this line. The Quadrant article gives a blatant example of it when it quotes Louise Nilligan thus:

    He knew about some of the worst paedophiles in Australian history, who happened to be priests. And after his knowledge, those people went on to abuse many other children terribly, and I know the families of some of the people who took their lives, and pain that they go through. I know the children, now middle-aged adults, who cannot forget what happened to them, and live with it every single day of their lives. I don’t understand why, because the High Court ultimately found that there must have been a reasonable doubt in the jury, it decided in its wisdom, that it knew better than the jury who sat and watched every single day of evidence. I don’t understand why they can just push away everything else that has been exposed about this person, but it just tells you a lot about the way that some people in the community are really fixed in their views, and they just don’t want to know anything that might tear down people that align with them.

    I don’t understand why they can just push away everything else that has been exposed about this person.

    In other words, the High Court should have upheld Pell’s conviction for a heinous crime because, whether he did it or not, Nilligan is convinced he’s guilty of something else.

  39. Annie

    How come she could travel to the UK when I can’t to see my old mother and siblings?

  40. candy

    Is she taking J with her to help him recover? Or is just her feelings of trauma that matter and she needs the all expense paid for holiday.

    All nonsense. The abuse by Pell never happened and Ms Milligan needs a lovely holiday in the UK.

  41. Crossie

    Annie
    #3720767, posted on January 11, 2021 at 9:46 pm
    How come she could travel to the UK when I can’t to see my old mother and siblings?

    That’s because you and I don’t know anybody who can make it happen for us. The corruption is so obvious yet they don’t care because they think nobody can touch them.

  42. Ceres

    A government which lacks the brains and the guts to deal with the wounded beast which the ABC now is will not be doing much of lasting value to deal with the other enduring problems this country faces – regardless of how long they remain in office.
    Well said.
    Great pick by Morrison to put past her use by date, useless Ita, as Chair. Nilligan and the ABC gang are having a field day running amok.

  43. Andre Lewis

    It is obvious the anonymous ‘J’ is known to police, the ABC ‘Get Pell’ brigade and presumably many others involved in the case. All the other supposed victims of Pell in failed cases have been named. It is therefore hard to understand why his identity has yet to be exposed given his accusations have been shown as a fabrication that initially led to a wrong imprisonment of the Cardinal. He should be outed and questioned by real journalists as to why he did it. But are there any real journalists left?

  44. Cassie of Sydney

    “But are there any real journalists left?”

    No. Ninety percent of them are now activists who just run cover for the progressive left.

  45. Enyaw

    A Veritable Army of the Buggers ! Cassie .

  46. areff

    Is she taking J with her to help him recover?

    As I understand it, J has since been taken care of with a nice, cushy gig in the Vic public service

  47. Cassie of Sydney

    “But are there any real journalists left?”

    Journalism is dead….dead.

  48. Des Deskperson

    ‘As I understand it, J has since been taken care of with a nice, cushy gig in the Vic public service’

    According to s. 8 (a) of the (Victorian) Public Administration Act 2004, ‘all employment decisions are based on merit’.

    One must assume that the employment of J did not breach this legally binding requirement.

  49. WDYSIA

    As I understand it, J has since been taken care of with a nice, cushy gig in the Vic public service

    Can you tell us anything more about what you understand?

  50. Cassie of Sydney

    “WDYSIA
    #3721212, posted on January 12, 2021 at 10:46 am
    As I understand it, J has since been taken care of with a nice, cushy gig in the Vic public service

    Can you tell us anything more about what you understand?”

    I would say “no”……given the predisposition of the Victorian government and its military and judicial arms….the Victorian police and the Victorian judiciary.

  51. areff

    One must assume that the employment of J did not breach this legally binding requirement.

    Perish the thought! The Andrews government being such a pillar of probity that thought never crossed my mind.

  52. Old Lefty

    Kidd now has Fran Dalziel, the counsel for the prosecution whose ‘evidence’ he struck out in the aborted swimmers trial, as a colleague on the bench thanks to Andrews and Hennessy.

    They have now been joined by Ms Julie Clayton, formerly of (where else?) Slater and Gordon.

  53. Des Deskperson

    ‘Perish the thought! The Andrews government being such a pillar of probity that thought never crossed my mind.’

    I’m assuming this is a hoax by areff, and a good one, since it is almost plausible. Given what we know of can infer about J’s background, age, education and employment history, it would be hard to see him adding any value in the VPS, except maybe in a minister’s office.

    On the other hand, the Victorian public sector boasts about its ‘diverse and inclusive workplaces for people with disability’. Maybe his backers have induced the VPS to take him on under s disability employment scheme.

  54. Syd Gal

    Old Lefty – interesting about FD as I now recall a 2019 story: “Mark Gibson SC’s closing in the second trial was outstanding, relying as he did on the credibility of the sole living victim in the cathedral trial. Gibson was supported by senior crown prosecutor Fran Dalziel. Dalziel worked with Chief Judge Peter Kidd in a past life when Kidd was with the Crown…. Kidd said when leaving his old job: “I reserve my last and special thanks to my long suffering, plain speaking and talented junior, Fran Dalziel. Anyone who worked as my junior for some three or four years, as she did in the Mokbel related litigation, deserves a medal.”

    And although it’s easy to buy copies of books by D Marr, L Morris-Marr, L Milligan, M Davey and S Smith, it’s not so easy to purchase Cardinal Pell’s Prison Journal. I just walked into a Koorong Bookshop (which according to Wikipedia is the largest retailer of Christian books and media in Australia) and the senior shop assistant did not know how to spell Cardinal Pell’s name and said it did not seem as if they would be stocking the 3 volumes! Fortunately, the Mustard Seed Bookshop now shows stock available on their website.

  55. Old Lefty

    Does anybody know what became of the anonymous ‘Brunswick man’s charged with making death threats against Pell?

    https://www.aap.com.au/man-charged-over-george-pell-death-threats/

    They’ve probably given him a medal.

  56. Old Lefty

    And what are the chances of an Emma Walters ‘no conviction recorded’ for the Ballarat pregnant mum arrested in her pyjamas?

    https://www.standard.net.au/story/6419785/drink-coping-mechanism-for-setkas-wife/?cs=7

  57. Rayvic

    In this age of the internet where information can be downloaded from multiple sources, there is no longer justification for government funding of the ABC. It should be funded by subscription, or else privatised.

    It is a tragedy that our Coalition MPs lack the “guts” to cease funding such an entrenched Green-Left propaganda machine.

  58. Rex Mango

    This piece below long, but well worth the read as it describes the Vic Deep Swamp. Got it from a comment on the very good website linked above it:

    https://unfortunateopinions.wordpress.com/2020/04/10/why-the-pell-jury-got-it-wrong/

    Michael A

    April 14, 2020 at 3:27 am

    It is not just the second jury that got it wrong.

    Belinda Wallington, a labor left lawyer appointed by socialist left AG Rob Hulls in the 90s. She is said to be one of 20 Labor left lawyers derived from Slater and Gordon that have been made judges over the last 25 years. As head of the sexual abuse arm of the Magistrates Court she appointed herself to hear the Cardinal Pell committal and heard the same evidence that the High Court has now determined was rubbish. She should never have let the matter proceed to trial. Nor for that matter should County Court Justice Peter Kidd.

    Wallington was repeatedly asked to recuse herself for the appearance of bias and refused to do so. She should have. Before overseeing Pell’s committal she appeared on the Jon Faine radio show with Louise Milligan who was at that time promoting 384 pages of malicious and false accusations in book form procured against Pell which have all failed.

    That book was personally launched and promoted by socialist left minister Martin Foley- a person who as Chief of Staff to Police Minister Bob Cameron had been caught on tape in 2007 by the Police Regulator the OPI that was then run by Deputy Director Graham Ashton. However we will never know what Foley actually said on that tape because his file was shredded on Ashton’s watch. This was concealed for two years until 2009 permitting Foley to win preselection of his safe labor seat by a single vote. It is also worth noting that Bob Cameron has recently been uncovered as authorising a multi million dollar payment to Lawyer X also cleared by the VGS run by John Cain Jnr.

    Two days after appearing with Milligan, Wallington went on a panel with members of SANO taskforce at the Sisters in Crime symposium, an event held in conjunction with the Zelman Cowan College of Law and Justice of Victoria University on whose advisory Committee sits John Cain Jnr and Findlay McRae. Cain as head of the OPP (appointed by Daniel Andrews about a month before the false Cathedral allegation was made) hand-balled Pell’s life and reputation into the clutches of Findlay McRae and Graham Ashton (who was also appointed by Daniel Andrews a month before the Cathedral allegation was made.

    It is worth noting that Andrews alters the Jury Directions Act as one of his first acts after being elected in December 2014 even though that Act had been amended the year before. It is specifically amended regarding jury directions on Child abuse allegations including the removal of common law protections to accused persons. One question that needs to be answered is when Andrews was informed by his mates in VicPol of the GetPell operation called Tethering, allegedly started in March 2013 but probably much earlier- I would suggest February 2012, when Ken Lay appoints Graham Ashton to a curiously ill-defined role called “Special Operations”.

    Cross reference the creation of Special Operations with the creation of a Get Pell media echo chamber called “Commission of Inquiry Now” or COIN, also in February 2012. One member is a barrister who appeared on the Jon Faine show to interview Christine Nixon about her book. One is a Scotch College old boy with links to Monash University, Nixon’s powerbase. One is a former Labor MP linked to Prahran. One is a former police employee under Nixon. (John Cain Jnr is also a Scotch College old boy)

    Also note that in opposition Dan Andrews socialist left faction appoints Labor policeman Brett Curran as Chief of Staff to Andrews. Curran signed off on Lawyer X in 1999, was seconded to Labor Police Minister Bob Cameron as his Chief of Staff then jumped across as Chief of Staff to Daniel Andrews, being described in Crikey as a factional enforcer. He was then returned to Police and appointed Graham Ashton’s Chief of Staff,with much outcry in the media at the time.

    The Sisters in Crime symposium was chaired by a Monash University academic Bronwyn Naylor who is closely linked to Judy Courtin as a supervisor of her controversial Monash Uni Phd Thesis on Child Abuse and the Catholic Church. Courtin is also the woman who in 2011 created the false claim of 43 clergy induced suicides with a police man called Kevin Carson- proven false by an internal police report called Plangere, but which was used to spawn the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry.

    This law college within VU also lists Court of Appeal Justice Chris Maxwell as an adjunct professor. The head of “Sisters in Crime” is a friend and former colleague of Christine Nixon from VicPol and Nixon’s autobiography published 2011 darkly hints at a “Byzantine” conspiracy to get her for abandoning her post as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police as 200 Victorians burned to death in bushfires- by Byzantine does she mean Catholics???. Christine Nixon also claims the Royal Commission into her conduct was used as a witchhunt to attack her personally and derail her agenda.

    In 2011 Nixon’s book was promoted by her friend Julia Gillard, a former Slater and Gordon Lawyer who as Prime Minister in November 2012 was facing investigation into historical accusations into her conduct at Slater and Gordon in 1995 over her former boyfriend Wilson’s financial misconduct in the AWU. She was later cleared of any wrongdoing but at the time left Slater and Gordon in 1995 and founded the labor left abortion group Emily’s List in Victoria in Victoria with Joan Kirner, a group that later appointed Vivian Waller its CEO. Vivian Waller is the lawyer who has twice now represented clients who have falsely accused Cardinal Pell. Christine Nixon would also call for Joan Kirner to be paid a parliamentary stipend which under the rules she was not entitled to.

    In 1999 Louise Milligan exits Monash University with a politics degree, a course which lists Vivian Waller as a former lecturer. Milligan writes in 1999 an article titled “Sex Appeal and Spotty Frocks: Representations of Women Politicians in the News Media.” This is a code referring to Joan Kirner who was often depicted by cartoonists in a polka dot dress. The Golden Quill award that Milligan gets for Cardinal is in fact sponsored by Monash University on which Christine Nixon has sat in various positions of control for many years.

    However in November 2012 with the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry now all but completed and Julia herself is facing investigation, she hypocritically creates a half billion dollar Royal Commission into Historical allegations of abuse in a limited number of institutions which primarily focuses on the Catholic Church. She does this after promoting Nixon’s book proclaiming Royal Commissions are weapons to be used for ulterior motives and to assassinate reputation and character under privilege. In November 2012, Julia’s opponent Tony Abbot is a Catholic and a close and loyal friend of the repeatedly and falsely accused Cardinal George Pell. The royal Commission would be repeatedly used to assassinate George Pell’s character and reputation most notably by a woman called Gail Furness, paid six million dollars to interrogate an aged, sick and sleep deprived Cardinal Pell over five long wintery nights in Rome.

    After his election Daniel Andrews would go on to appoint Anne Ferguson as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. And in 2019 Justice Ferguson would appoint herself and Justice Maxwell to hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal from the erroneous second jury verdict, forming an erroneous majority against the correctly decided minority decision of Weinberg whose reasoned view of the evidence was that it was very likely Pell was innocent. The majority decision would perpetuate the gross injustice done to this innocent and tortured man turning a 90 day imprisonment due to jury error to over 400 days in the torture of isolation due to judicial error. Before Ferguson hears the Appeal, Daniel Andrews interferes in the Appeal process, issuing a public statement that the Cardinal has received a fair trial, which he plainly did not.

    It is odd that Justice Maxwell even has time to sit on the Appeal in 2019. In 2015 labor left feminists create the “Male Champions of Change” group in Victoria that appoints John Cain Snr (former Premier and father of John Cain the head of the OPP, who tells Police they can charge Pell if they want to), Chris Maxwell (President of the Court of Appeal), Chris Eccles, Daniel Andrews’ Parliamentary Secretary and former Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay, the man Neil Mitchell of 3AW declares in 2012 is the man driving the war on the Catholic Church.

    As a side note both Ken Lay and Brett Curran were also Chief of Staff’s to Christine Nixon during her time as Chief Commissioner of Police.

    What does it all mean? I have no idea. That’s why we need a Federal Royal Commission to look into every aspect of how Cardinal Pell was set up and framed by Police- no matter where it leads, no matter how high it goes. But I would suggest the starting point of where it all went wrong should look from the time of Christine Nixon’s appointment as Chief Commissioner of Victoria Policeand the people, groups and networks she promoted and associated with.


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  59. Syd Gal

    Yesterday, Louise Milligan asked her Twitter readers to vote for her in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – People’s Choice category – and linked to the voting page.

    Melissa Davey (who has also written a book) claims that she and possibly Shannon Deery were the only journalists who covered the Royal Commission and Cardinal Pell’s case up to the hearing of the High Court. She did a promo event with David Marr last September (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-pVcKhtrac&t=252s&ab_channel=GleebooksAuthorTalks). Some extracts are below. But it sounds like even she is confusing the Trials with the Royal Commission.

    *Suppression order – not one media company challenged it.
    * Comments re police investigation – was it flawed? She says RR uncovered evidence police should have, eg served wrong building to get documents.
    *She thinks famous people can get a fair trial, jury given directions
    *Appeal Court and HC considered judge’s conduct to be flawless, meticulous in the way he conducted trial. RR also made this comment.
    * Said legal people knew each other well – eg referred to committal where RR asked BW to excuse herself because of bias She said no, classic Richter
    * Contempt of court matters
    * MD talks extensively of RC redacted reports – she quotes the Searson Melb case
    * Both refer to the Swimming Pool allegations in the ABC Revelations Programs
    * Re “J” – she says she had a good sense of the man as he was quoted comprehensively throughout the trial. She had conversations with the legal teams (!) and they all discussed how eloquent, articulate and honest he was.
    * DM – somehow the complainant “dazzled” the Court
    * MD thinks the Jury might have thought C Portelli was biased in favour of Pell.
    ****
    DM: ….After all these years and all those investigations and all those trials, GP was acquitted unanimously by the HC. So was it all just.. just a mistake, just a terrible waste of time, a mistake?

    MD: Ultimately, a Cardinal sat in prison for almost a year. Now yes he was ultimately He was acquitted and the decision was overturned but that’s extraordinary to think that a Cardinal did time in gaol from the Vatican. You know, it comes back to this idea of justice and what does justice look like? And I suppose what this case really highlighted is that it’s very difficult to ever have a perfect case with a perfect set of facts, and where the entire case is clearly laid out. And this case really highlighted that. Um, we had a Cardinal sit in court day after day, week after week, in a hard wooden dock in Melbourne having to listen as evidence about his time as Archbishop of Melbourne was relayed to the Court. So was it a waste of time? I don’t think so, I think we learnt a lot about the Cardinal and how he approaches issues of alleged child sexual abuse. And I think we learnt a lot about the Court system and how it works when it comes to these crimes and alleged crimes.

  60. Rex Mango

    Key players in the whole sorry saga are around 50 highly paid members of the Vic political/media/justice complex (who all seem to know each other & benefit off these relationships – think cabal) + a secret video witnesses (with carrot of compo on offer) v George Pell. Not exactly a high point of jurisprudence in Australia, but as yet no enquiry whatsoever & no one seems to have lost their job. The USSR had a better legal system.

  61. Leigh Lowe

    Rex at 10:18 am.
    Jeez, I knew some of those connections, but not all.
    What an incestuous cluster.

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