17 July 2021
The composition of the US High Court, especially on the issue of abortion has had more publicity in Australia than our own stacking of the judiciary and major government bodies. Where are the records of all this? Has it just continued quietly under the radar with George Brandis and Christian Porter?
The Liberals have been masters of putting conservative people and ?mates in the judiciary and on bodies such as Clean Energy, which they did not manage to abolish. This will naturally make it very hard for the country to move on when they are voted out. The judiciary are appointed for life- about the only people in the country left in that position, and these major Government bodies have appointments with quite long tenure, so that change will be both hard and delayed. Years ago these problems would have been in the hands of relatively unsackable career public servants.
We presume that Matthias Cormann had a miraculous change toward clean energy once he got to the OECD and did not have to toe the Morrison government line. But people who have spent their working life in an industry are unlikely to do the same. Once again it is the Liberals standing in the way of progress for as long as they can.