July 30, 2003


From Barwick to Bolt: Professor Bunyip examines David Marr’s history of bias.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 30, 2003 05:42 AM

David Marr: "I began to write Sir Garfield's life with a single purpose: to pin on the man his responsibility for the crimes of November 11, 1975."

On November 11, 1975 Angola gained independence from Portugal.

Sir Garfield Barwick was responsible for that?

Posted by: ilibcc at July 30, 2003 at 11:44 AM

We want an end to politically conservative appointments to the [High Court], so the decisions are made by competent people with no axes to grind and with some understanding of Australia as a country of diverse communities.

Posted by: Ken Park Six at July 30, 2003 at 12:05 PM

Barwie's little known project on the side was indeed the liberation of Angola. He thought it was a wealthy tax evader appealing a conviction.

Posted by: sphincter at July 30, 2003 at 04:33 PM

And no doubt the Marmosett would find no bias in the decisions of Michael Kirby and the rest of the Hawke/Keating appointees to the High Court bench.
These bewigged humbugs ranged from the mildly deranged to the sort of undergraduate activists who pin posters of dead Bolivian terrorists to their bedroom doors.
I was waiting for a couple of them to turn up one day wearing Mao hats.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at July 30, 2003 at 05:03 PM

Nice joke, but 'liberation'? I know it's a favourite leftie term, but Angola was never liberated, it just gained 'independence'.

Since then, it has been racked by civil war with up to 1.5 million lives lost.

That's 'liberation'. So bring on the leftie revolution. Long live Castro et al. Let's have a bit of liberation for all.

The really sad thing about faux revolutionaries in Australia, i.e. the entire left and all who march with her, is that their one chance for bloody revolution - and credibility - was lost in 1975 when the people - yes, the people!!! - rejected them en masse. How hurtful, to be rejected by the proletariat.

Thus began the love/hate relationship between the left and the populace.

Posted by: ilibcc at July 30, 2003 at 05:07 PM

Yes Ilibcc all 2 of us thrashed in the political wilderness while the libs controlled parliament via their famous inspired leaders Hawke and Keating.

Love/hate relationship, as opposed to the hate/hate relationship enjoyed by brownshirts like yourself??

Habib you rugger bugger you, I agree. Political appointments to the Court of either persuasion defeat the separation of powers in substance. 2/3 majority approval seems to me the way to go, then we don't get something like Callinan imposed on us by way of cheap revenge...

Posted by: sphincter at July 30, 2003 at 06:12 PM

At last , the final piece of evidence , Holmes.
Not at all Watson, only confirmation of my usual methods, Marr is an apprentice Pilger.
My God, Holmes, Moriarty would never so disgrace himself.
Exactly, Watson, which is why Pilgier-Kingston-Marr are my worst foes.Worst, because they wreak evil pure, simple,untutored.
Watson, Moriarity is not only brilliant but a gentleman. There is the difference Watson: Marr, Pilger, Adams, Marr, et al, are cads.
Ask me Watson, who do I wish to match wits with, and my answer sahll be the same today , as yesterday, and tommorrow, Moriarty.

With that, my good friend leant over the fire surround and imbibed in a sniftter of pure Bombay coke.I drew on my pipe and reflected: I'm blessed I'm a mere G.P. and mendicant upon Medicare, drawing a pauper's income , for to be famous the price is truly evil.

Posted by: d at July 30, 2003 at 06:26 PM

"Cheap revenge"?

I thought comic effect.

Posted by: Mork at July 30, 2003 at 06:26 PM

Re our famous leaders Hawke and Keating. Yes, quite right. Brought in by sleight of hand after YOUR man Fraser pretended to be one of OURS. That's just not cricket, you know.

However, OUR men Hawke and Keating, despite some very timely economic reforms, were indoctrinated by the forces of darkness, falling to the charms of the arts community which professed undying love for the latter after he won the unwinnable election in 1993.

But we saw through him! We brought back Howard! Sneakily! After lulling you into a false sense of security with Hewson, Peacock and Downer!

And in 1996, justice was done. By the people. Yes, the people!

And the left left in a huff. Stage left.

Posted by: ilibcc at July 30, 2003 at 06:48 PM

"snifter of pure Bombay coke"

God, I've always envied the great Sherlock's job perks.

Posted by: The at July 30, 2003 at 08:02 PM

Has anyone read the comments box recently, and compared the pro-Andrew ones with the anti-Andrew ones? The anti-Andrew ones are virtually fact-free.

Posted by: Andjam at July 31, 2003 at 02:16 AM

The left is also fact free

Posted by: Toryhere at July 31, 2003 at 08:40 AM

Sneaky indeed.

Little, "there will be no GST", Johnny.

Little "Children overboard" Johnny

Little "WMD" Johnny

The left says: Give Costello a go!

Posted by: robo at July 31, 2003 at 11:49 AM

Hawke & Keating are not of the left, not by a long chalk. Their ascendency in the 80's and early 90's says as much for the end of The Left as the Howard years that followed.

Posted by: James Hamilton at July 31, 2003 at 12:07 PM