Who stole justice
By Stephen Fitzgerald
I’m as deaf as a post but I hear the call “We want justice”. Here’s another little problem that haunts our precious society. Our adversarial legal system favours those with the most money. Like the LNP, it’s been manipulated and corrupted to favour corporates and the top end of town. That corporate and political collusion and corruption is proven and on the court record in the Fair Work Commission.
After reading the article in the Financial Review ‘Shadow lawyers’ barred from advising on Fair Work Commission cases the Law Society would have us believe that “justice system” and “legal system” are the same thing. They are not! It’s a deception. Justice is the result of a healthy legal system and does not happen if the legal system has been manipulated and corrupted. Banning defence lawyers from proceedings in the FWC supports this argument but in no way resolves the problem.
Since they have no real defence these unscrupulous lawyers use trickery, deception and theatre to protect their cosy little nest of clover worth $475 an hour. They have no shame, and no excuse, as they destroy the innocent for a hand full of dollars from the guilty who employ them. What is truly disturbing is that this goes a lot deeper…
The corruption of our legal system being condoned by those in authority, is a shameful disgrace and, is the worst possible form of social oppression. A legal system that shows bias towards money and power encourages unlawful and illegal activity to the detriment of society. The Australian public expect high standards from their elected representatives.
More importantly, we demand even higher standards again, in our state and federal jurisdictions and from our career public servants! We pay their way, we put a roof over their heads and we feed their children … It’s our right to be protected that supersedes all else and, their obligation to protect our legal system so that we not only have justice but also, that justice is seen to be served!
Don’t get me wrong, people are entitled to defence but, it’s not defence if it corrupts our law, clutters the legal process to the point where the truth is buried and then persecutes those seeking justice. Then it becomes a vicious attack on the individual and society.
If it’s any consolation – Knowing how the world works makes it easier to navigate.
SteveFitz August 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Phil – Very few people have a clear vision of the big picture. A starting point to effect change is a Labour government and, Bill Shorten promised a national corruption watchdog if elected.
Our adversarial legal system needs an overall to filter out the corruption. Get rid of shonky defence lawyers, get rid of cross referencing to previously corrupted decisions or authorities and, replace that with a panel of magistrates or judges – If you would like to restore some justice to the system you need to remove what’s blocking it.
SteveFitz August 30, 2018 at 9:28 am
Our two-party preferred political system presents us with two choices “Left or Right”. Both sides are constantly under pressure to bend to the whims of the top end of town and the financial elite. We already know that the Libs are a bunch of self-serving greedy bastards happy to give corporates whatever they want and screw the rest of us.
The Labour Party however, are more inclined to consider the needs of the average Australian and what’s best for Australian society. So that’s where we look to push for social change, we have no choice.
In the lead-up, Transparency International and prominent QC’s, retired from NSW ICAC, where given irrefutable evidence of corruption in federal jurisdictions. At the same time, MT was pressured and publicly opposed a federal corruption watchdog, telegraph to the world that the intention was to protect those involved in corruption.
With leverage and perfect timing, pressure was applied to Bill Shorten and he had little option. As a political manoeuvre, openly supporting a national Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) suggests that the Liberal Party, who opposed it, are corrupt and, the Labour Party, who support it, are not.
Touché… A win for the people – We now have an election promise and we are one step closer to putting a leash on those who would wilfully involve themselves in federal corruption. Corruption of our elected representatives by unscrupulous corporations driven by greed. It’s called protecting society.
SteveFitz August 30, 2018 at 10:12 am
Since the topic is justice – Once established, a national ICAC will be seen as “some justice” for those already abused by a corrupted system. A system where there is no recourse even when corruption is proven. The objective is to protect innocent people, and society, from that same corruption and abuse in the future.
As an example, the Fair Work Commission has been over-run and corrupted by corporates and, at this point in time, there’s nothing we can do about it. Corporates are dictating our labour laws to the detriment of Australian working families. Hence the cry “We want justice”. To get that, there are mechanisms that need to be put in place and, a national ICAC is one of them.
SteveFitz August 31, 2018 at 8:34 am
Vicki, it was worth repeating. The Liberal agenda is privatisation and, look at what happened with electricity prices when privatised. It became a money-making machine with every member of society open to exploitation.
The prison system is no different – Once privatised the driving force becomes profit. The corporates involved lobby for mandatory sentencing to increase the prison population to drive that profit. As an example, the American prison system is privatised, America has 4.4% of the worlds population and 22% of the worlds prisoners. This costs Americans $75 billion a year. It’s big business and what we see is American tax payers paying to incarcerate themselves to make a few people filthy rich.
It is low and despicable and worse than slavery and, could only happen in the land of the free. Unless you go down the same path with prison privatisation. Inside Australia’s ‘powder keg’ private prison, Brisbane’s Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre the population is beyond saturation point. This has resulted in a spike in violence, sexual abuse and suicide attempts. Whenever corporate greed becomes part of the equation, that system is open to corruption and abuse.
SteveFitz September 1, 2018 at 10:34 am
What are we told – “We live in a free and democratic society”. And, what have we got?
 A corrupted media set up to favour the financial elite with strictly enforced censorship
 A corrupted legal system manipulated to protect the wealthy and feed their shonky lawyers
 No federal corruption watchdog so our politicians can be corrupted with impunity
 No human rights protection, in Australian law, so we can be abused with impunity
 Climate change deniers playing into the hands of the fossil fuel industry to drive massive wealth creation for a few
 A society plundered by corporates and the financial elite driven purely by mindless greed - eg the banks
Clearly, freedom has suffered along with democracy and common sense, as the masses are distracted and brainwashed to vote for the people who covertly use and abuse them.
Thank God for the modern era and social media. Good people are now in with a fighting chance to swing the pendulum back in favour of the Australian people.
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