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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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Thumper 12:54 pm 14 Dec 07

Nothing worse than being confronted by an angry woman weilding a cat.

Skidbladnir 12:50 pm 14 Dec 07

Having tried to make sense of her posts and site, she seems to be of the cat wielding & throwing variety of rambly blogger woman, with a grudge against CIT, the court system.

I’ve seen more entertaining & crazier people with better blogs, so she’s not even refreshing or innovative.

johnboy 12:40 pm 14 Dec 07

For those who are wondering, Chester is off the deep end again and has been returned to active moderation for her repeated and deliberate infringements.

Defaming supreme court justices is serious business and having honestly tried to make sense of chester’s grievances I’ll admit to lacking the intelligence or patience to understand them.

Knock yourself out on her site if you’re interested.

chester 8:05 am 14 Dec 07

May I ask ED if you were pressured to censor my post? It’s just I am aware they have applied pressure to various individuals with one member of the medical profession admitting such to me.

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[ED – OK Chester back to the mod queue for you, what you consider to be truth and what we know to be truth are not the same thing, link it to your own publication if you’re that sure of it.]

Just when one might think the SC couldn’t fall into anymore disrepute, it just did. What a joke the ACT judiciary is.

But seeing you insist 😀

You’ll note I even predicted his latest sleazy little move up the old cronyism tree.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 9:42 pm 13 Dec 07

Skitt’s law again as I’ve managed to place a question mark inappropriately.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 9:41 pm 13 Dec 07

Sigh…VN, I do believe I am right.


I assumed you meant to say “you might get some bites if you are lucky”.

Otherwise you’re talking about Ingee’s lucky. Ingee’s lucky what? exactly? Doesn’t make a while lot of sense, does it?

Queenie 8:03 pm 13 Dec 07

Don’t worry about them, Raving Environmentalist, this is the internet. You’ve got to expect that everyone voices their opinion, even if it’s based on nothing but hot air. I’d love to see these people take on her Honour Justice Penfold in just a civil conversation!

Raving Environmentalist 7:39 pm 13 Dec 07

Well well.. what a nasty, mean spirited, little bunch we have here. Hilary Penfold is an extremely intelligent, straight talking and morally strong public servant who did her duty for a government she may or may not have supported – right in the spotlight. When I was in Canberra a few years back she was revered as one of the best senior managers in the APS. How the rats who didn’t have to make the tough decisions desert the ship, when the going gets rough. Looks like some of the mealy mouthed incompetens she was no doubt forced to deal with are now getting their own back – HERE! (Or are you just malicious gossips who don’t know the lady in question and are just enjoying repeating hearsay?)

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