Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The bad Attorney General?

Ok, I can no longer resist my twopenneth. It won't surprise anyone that I don't like the ultra conservative right wing bible bashing Federal Attorney General Christian Porter. He is anti anything socially progressive and would have us all in mines breathing in coal dust for $1 a day. Photo from SBS.

He has been accused of rape in his teenage years against a woman with mental health issues who has suicided. 

As she is dead and cannot provide more evidence or appear in court and aside from her initial report to police, police have closed down investigations. 

The Federal Government won't raise an enquiry into our chief law officer Porter's accused rape and in my opinion that is correct. There is little even circumstantial evidence. NSW police have investigated as far as they can. The Federal Police say it is out of their jurisdiction. South Australia Police are still investigating in some manner. If more evidence arises, and might about to when Four Corners is broadcast, I could change my opinion.

Porter is now on extended mental health sick leave.

While the government won't hold an enquiry, Porter is suing our government funded broadcaster because before he admitted he was the person in question, the ABC gave out enough information for him to be identified. This is so untrue. I am in tune with news and I was hanging out to know which minister was accused of rape and not once did the ABC come close to identifying who the alleged rapist was. When he named himself, it was a complete surprise to me, but then of course no surprise really and I pointed my finger gun at my head and said, of course.

No government enquiry into the matter, but boy, will the defamation case against the ABC become an open air enquiry. 

The combo inherited and self made wealthy Porter should just go as quietly and gracefully as he can from politics and shut the phuc up (thanks for the spelling Padre).

One further thing that occurs to me, if you rape when you are a teenager, might you as a privileged wealthy white man not rape again? 

I think the outcome of this may be a good conversation about what is and isn't rape. It is far more complicated than no means no. From personal experience, I know.

35 comments:

  1. He is a very bad Attorney General on several levels. I noted a story yesterday which said that he was very selective about which parts of a legal opinion he released when the Medi-Vac bill was before Parliament. He was privileged as a youth and he is still privileged today. A privilege I resent.

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    1. EC, interesting about the refugee Medi-Vac. I see him as an archetypical dishonest politician.

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  2. If a man is sexually preying on a mentally challenged teenager, sorry, he should be strung up by his whatsits. And yes, rapists get their jollies from power plays on vulnerable victims. I doubt if he has changed. Recidivism is de rigeur for these nasty types.

    And a review of all his legal cases is in order, surely?

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I am not sure if she was mentally challenged at the time. I agree with you about recidivism.

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  3. He put on a performance at the press conference before he went on leave.As usual with the LNP he thinks he is the one who deserves sympathy. The IR laws he worked on collaboritively with the unions were changed by the LNP at the last minute and excluded the crucial clause protecting workers pay and conditions. To me he's a devious piece of work.

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    1. Cheryl, a performance was how I saw it. He is devious at least, and perhaps worse.

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  4. I am conflicted about this. If it had happened to anyone else I would have felt it was unfair - lack of evidence etc. But Porter is a nasty person from a nasty family. His grandfather was one of Joh's corrupt ministerial cronies back in the day in QLD.
    J

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    1. J, I don't really think it is unfair for anyone, given there is some substantiation by others since. I didn't know about his family connect to Joh. Wow!

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  5. Hmmmmmm. Sounds like he was so terrified and outed himself, now trying to ‘blame’ (sue) Aunty. He’d be better off retiring and living very quietly - no board memberships or mates rates ambassadorships.

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    1. MM, with an update, he may be going to the back bench and so, somewhat discredited and may well leave politics with a smirched reputation. Of course his reputation on other matters was already besmirched.

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    2. Back bench? FFS! He should be fired with loss of Parliamentary pension.

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    3. River, it just can't be proved to be true or untrue. It's his word against a dead woman's. Justice denied perhaps for her, but that is how the law works. Though I would love to see the prick sacked and lose his pension.

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  6. Rape is when the woman says NO !!

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    1. Gattina, of it is. But what happens before, what happens after, what pressure is put on and what advantage is taken are other questions.

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  7. I don't think 17 year old boys intend to damage their own partners. They are immature idiots and simply think they are being warmly welcoming of their partners, not hearing a NO when it is clearly stated. Sexual abuse yes, but rape no.

    Rape of a stranger is something else altogether.







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    1. Hels, a charitble view that may have been apt in the sixties and seventies, but not now. Yes, a fine line between abuse and rape.

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  8. Sounds like Christian Porter should seriously consider changing his first name to something more appropriate like Denier or Hypocrite though I suppose that there is the remote possibility that he has been wronged.

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    1. YP, Porter certainly should change his first name. Christian in name but not the high manner of a real Christian. He does have to be given the benefit of the doubt, but his role as Attorney General is now inappropriate.

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  9. Haven't heard much about Porter until recently. He explained himself, the women can't as she's no longer with us the tormented soul it seems. Don't know if what he said was completely true, but they were very young at the time...

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    1. Margaret, yes they were young and I am sure we both remember what that was like, but if it was pure forced, then hang him out to dry. If it was somewhat less than that, a privileged person power play perhaps, he should still go.

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  10. I agree it shouldn't all be dredged up again since there is no new evidence or proof or whatever. It would be different if there were other, newer allegations of rape, but as far as I know there hasn't been any. I also agree he should just quietly fade off into the sunset.

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    1. Yes River, true or not, he is tainted and if innocent, it is not fair.

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  11. This whole question has been sullied by some who try to make money out of wealthy people they once had a fling with. This is not to make light of a very serious crime, it's just that a few scoundrels can make things much more difficult for the deserving many.

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    1. Cro, I haven't seen anything about anyone trying to make money. The day after she made a non admissible report to police, she killed herself.

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    2. Oh dear. I'm afraid that there is a trend to shout wolf and hold out a hand, but of course most claims are genuine.

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  12. Anonymous8:47 pm

    Well, I think he kept on with the robodebt tragedy which ruined so many lives well after any reasonable person (oh, and the High Court) could see the whole premise of robodebt was unfair and illegal. He was told and told and he would not listen. His two marriages failed. His first wife is usually very low profile but she marched in Canberra, where she works, in the recent Women's March, I think the fact she allowed that to become known nation wide is significant. The rape allegations fit well with the behaviour attributed to him in the 4 Corners programme that aired in November. The failure of his second marriage happened around the time the allegations of him canoodling (OMG I am turning into my Mum!!) in a bar with a much younger woman became public. I think he took up with his second wife when she was about 25 and he was 37.

    CP is not my specialist subject. I live in WA and take an interest in Stuff, I'm sure many people know more.

    Marie in Perth WA

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    1. Great and very informative work Marie. No reflection on you at all, but I think he hails from your part of our nation? What gets up my nose is his religious card. I cannot abide hypocritical religious people at all. Full stop.

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  13. I hate the religion touters. The man who killed 8 people last week in Atlanta, at massage parlors was described by the sheriff as "deeply religious". What? A killer? That sheriff also said the guy was just having a bad day, like no big deal he shot 8 people to death. The latest mass shooting in Colarado, ten dead, was a 21 year old Muslim, but he apparently is just whacko with religion having nothing to do with his psychotic killer acts. America, land of the psycho killers who get guns so easily.

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    1. Strayer, both cases were reported here and they are truly awful. Getting guns so easily is the real problem.

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  14. Whether it be true or not the damage is done, he definitely has to go Andrew, quietly would be better for his family!

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    1. Exactly Grace. You put it so well.

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  15. He should go quietly.

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    1. Cynthia, I expect he will be forced to.

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  16. Is he a bible-basher? I thought he said a few years ago that he was not particularly religious.

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    1. MC, I've had a look and it seems you are correct and I don't know why I thought that.

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