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Hilary Penfold off to the ACT Supreme Court

By 54-11 - 11 December 2007 28

It’s just been announced that Ms Hilary Penfold QC, currently head of the Department of Parliamentary Services, is off to the Supreme Court.

She made her name when, as head of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, she drafted what became known as the “Tampa Legislation”.  She was unlikely to survive long as a departmental secretary under a Rudd Labor government, partly due to her background with the Libs’ Migration Litigation Review commission, and partly as she had crossed swords at DPS with some pretty influential Labor people.

 If past expereince is anything to go by, she is likely to be pretty tough in sentencing while on the bench.  She cleaned out the Parliamentary administration and did not endear herself to many around her by her ruthless and micro-managing approach.

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28 Responses to
Hilary Penfold off to the ACT Supreme Court
chester 7:32 am 13 Dec 07

Nope, you’re wrong. It should have been:

You may get some bites if you’re lucky.

The contraction for

You may get some bites if you are lucky.

smack 10:41 pm 12 Dec 07

you’re – contraction of you are: You’re certain that’s right?

Your – one’s (used to indicate that one belonging to oneself or to any person) As you go down the hill, the library is on your left.

Sigh…VN, I do believe I am right.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 8:11 pm 12 Dec 07

You may get some bites if your lucky!

Sigh…while we’re making spelling/grammar flames, it’s you’re, not ‘your’.

Skitt’s Law

Now, does someone want to mention Hitler/The Nazis so we can invoke Godwin’s Law as well, and finish off the thread immediately?

smack 5:17 pm 12 Dec 07


“you crawl over on our hands and knees”

I think you mean “your hands and knees”

Keep the posts coming, I enjoy highlighting your mistakes. Your attempt to insult me was a lame, yet slightly amusing. I’ll use it next time when I’m pretending to be a drunken uni student who is try to sound intelligent.

sepi 12:05 pm 12 Dec 07

I thought she was just facilities manager of parlt house, dealing with bollards and leaky taps – guess not hey!

Skidbladnir 11:24 am 12 Dec 07

You know, I submitted a post on the same issue that said exactly this would happen and you’d all be immediately attacking the judges and eventually their decisions on character grounds..
But this one got approved and mine didnt. 🙁

There is another judge put up as well, but nobody’s making any fuss.

Ingeegoodbee 11:01 am 12 Dec 07

In the cold hard light of day, she’ll probably fall in line with the rest of ’em and hand out koala stamps …

BBadger 10:55 am 12 Dec 07

At the risk of being inflamatory, why don’t you wait and see what happens before laying the boot into your favorite whipping boy?
Are you as critical of Penfold’s work during the Hawke/Keating years, including such lefty progressive legislation as mandatory detention, the introduction of HECS, etc.

Ingeegoodbee 9:29 am 12 Dec 07

No sympathy for them from me – if you end up at the watch house you probably deserve to be there – but a foul mouth and bad attitude come with the territory when you’re dealing with butt-holes.

Crikey 8:41 am 12 Dec 07

What about the poor misunderstood “drunks” who on a daily basis abuse, threaten and assault the cops and innocent members of the public.

Ingeegoodbee 11:25 pm 11 Dec 07

Smack, my position on lame ar$e judgments by our judiciary is well established (including for cops incapable of doing their job properly within the law). When you’ve got a track record on such issues let me know – I might consider letting you crawl over on our hands and knees and wet yourself in my shadow…

penman 9:45 pm 11 Dec 07

I think that the AG has made a VERY big mistke in appointing Hilary Penfold, one which he will seriously regret and see him with egg on his face.
Her contributions to the community? Which ones would they be? Her experience at the bench? Her understanding of the average human experience and tolerance etc? Has the Ag taken leave of his senses?
A 360 evaluation of her by current and past workers would have easily revealed why she is the wrong person for the job.
I am so voting out this ACT government at the next election and from speaking to a number of ALP voters who a VERY unimpressed with this appointment, it wont be hard to add this as a BIG reason for booting out the ACT ALP government.

smack 8:38 pm 11 Dec 07


“Here” – noun – this place: It’s only a short distance from here.

Troll (Internet) – a person who is deliberately inflammatory on the Internet in order to provoke a vehement response from other users.

You may get some bites if your lucky!

Ingeegoodbee 6:13 pm 11 Dec 07

It’s just a shame she probably wont get the chance to here any of the cases involving sh!tbag cops assaulting drunks with capsicum spray – it’d be good to have a judge who knows when a perp is just gagging for a custodial sentence!

niftydog 5:08 pm 11 Dec 07

Crumbs, DM!

Probably better off doing what she does best IMO. Though I was really looking forward to budget estimates this year – seeing Faulkner forced to defend Penfold would have been highly entertaining.

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