Federal politician and parliament speaker Peter Slipper has stepped aside as speaker as there is a huge shadow over him as he is being sued for sexual harassment by his staff member James Ashby and the federal police are investigating him for alleged fraud of his expenses. The problem is that the judge hearing his sexual harassment case, Justice Rares, has an even bigger shadow over him and is as corrupt as they come.
In the same matter the federal government is also being sued and of course the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the federal government would be happy to have Justice Rares hearing the matter as they need/want Peter Slippers vote in Parliament.
Anyone who has been watching the Craig Thomson / HSU / Fair Work Australia saga is fully aware of the cover-up which includes the federal government.
Make no mistake the Peter Slipper / James Ashby / Justice Rares matter will be more of the same.
They do not come any more dishonest or corrupt than federal court judge Justice Steven David Rares SC. I did a recent post on Justice Rares’s handiwork on the 18th of March 2012 titled “Justice Rares legalises Optus’s copyright theft and Fairfax Media’s criminal conduct.” (Click here to read the post)
Interestingly enough his NRL / AFL v Optus judgment was overturned on Friday 27/4/2012. You might say that shows the courts working as they should. But the three judges who heard the appeal had no choice given the scandalous decision that was originally handed down by Justice Rares. And what about Justice Rares legalising Fairfax Media’s criminal conduct of fabricating evidence.
I made the call that Justice Rares’s decision was corrupt in the NRL / AFL v Optus matter in March and have been proven right. Do you really believe a layman like me knows more about the law than a federal judge. Of course I don’t. I was able to make the call because Justice Rares’s decision was as stupid as they come.
The Australian public deserve to have an honest judge hearing the matter which would rule Justice Rares out.
Having a judge like Justice Rares helps in a lot of ways e.g. he can rule key evidence out, expedite or delay the case depending on what the government needs and obviously handing down another dodgy judgement amongst other things.
It must be remembered that federal politicians are law makers and Australia’s democracy has become a joke when we have a corrupt judge hearing a matter of whether or not a law-maker has broken the law.
Annabel Crabb in the SMH has written in relation the Peter Slipper / Federal Government / James Ashby case: “One suspects the judicial process will – as it is designed to do – test the accusations in light of all the evidence available, including the testimony of those best placed to comment.” (Click here to read the full article)
It made me laugh when I read that. Based on previous form Justice Rares is there to make sure the allegations are tested to the very minimum at best, if ever tested at all. Slipper and the government might file a section 31A application for summary judgement to have the case kicked out before it ever goes to hearing. It would certainly be crossing their minds. If that was to happen I am sure Justice Rares would oblige and dismiss the matter.
Who is Steven Rares? Steven David Rares was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia on the 2/2/2006. He graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and after two years working in a solicitors’ firm he was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1980. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1993. In 2004 and 2005 he was a member of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales and was Chairman of Counsel’s Chambers Limited from 2001 to 2005.
So you cannot say that Steven Rares does not know the law. Rares knows exactly what he is doing and his days as a judge are numbered so he has nothing to lose. He also does not have much choice. At any time the federal government can have the federal police investigate him and he is gone and he knows that.
Sit back and watch how this unfolds in court but do not be fooled into thinking that Justice Rares is an impartial adjudicator.
The Peter Slipper sexual harassment case James Hunter Ashby v Commonwealth of Australia & Anor is set down for a first directions hearing before Justice Rares on Friday the 18th of May at 9.30am in court room 19E at the Law Courts building in Sydney. So if you have the time grab your 3D glasses, a bottle of Coke and some popcorn and go in and watch.
Declaration: Justice Rares has his own chapter in my book “Love Letters from the Bar Table” where I write about his criminal conduct while on the bench.
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