11 December 2007

Hilary Penfold off to the ACT Supreme Court

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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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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.

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.

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 ......VNBerlinaV89:42 pm 13 Dec 07

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

el ......VNBerlinaV89:41 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?

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 Environmentalist7:39 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?)

Deadmandrinking6:04 pm 13 Dec 07

For most pubes, I think the answer is c)

Sorry, that was completely set up. I had to.

As well, from the looks of it, she seems to be one of the Liberal’s cronies – which is why she’s fleeing to the supreme court.


Sure there is nothing good about the way Tampa was handled, or the legislation, But what should pubes do when confronted with instructions from an elected government?
a)do their job
c)do a half arsed job

If you are in the public service sometimes you will find yourself working for the yellow running dog of capitalist imperialism.

All I am saying is wait and see,

Is the judge herself not entitled to the presumption of innocence, or does the golden thread not stretch that far?

Deadmandrinking1:09 pm 13 Dec 07

Look, shut-up with all the internet laws. Who cares?

Crikey, should the Police be reducing themselves to the levels of violent and abusive subjects?

On the topic, this woman sound very scary. Why should anything to do with the Tampa affair be considered good?

I wonder how the fellow she replaced is going – Templeton – he was burnt out in the bushfires …

Oh and Refshauge (the other one) is ********************. [ED – best to make those claims about a judge on your own site Chester]

He’ll be an excellent mouthpiece for Stanhope on the bench.

He doesn’t have much choice really. Little Jon’s got him by the short and curlies.

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.

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 ......VNBerlinaV88:11 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?


“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.

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

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.

Ingeegoodbee11:01 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 …

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.

Ingeegoodbee9:29 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.

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

Ingeegoodbee11:25 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…

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.


“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!

Ingeegoodbee6:13 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!

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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