Australian corruption has moved onto the world stage in the powerful review by UK Barrister Phillip Taylor MBE talking about corruption, judicial corruption and free speech while reviewing the book Australia’s Paedophile Protection Racket.
I say the review is powerful for two reasons. Firstly, it has put Australian corruption issues onto the world stage and secondly, a member of the legal fraternity, granted he is in England, has been brave enough to step up to discuss juridical corruption which no lawyer or barrister in Australia would ever do.
In the review, Phillip Taylor covers many issues such as corruption, judicial corruption and free speech while he reviews my new book Australia’s Paedophile Protection Racket which he is well qualified to do so as he has done hundreds of book reviews and he is also Reviews Editor, “The Barrister”, and Mediator in the UK.
The below review is a book review by UK barrister Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Richmond Green Chambers, Reviews Editor, “The Barrister”, and Mediator.
Below is the latest book review by Phillip Taylor. He has done hundreds of book reviews mostly on legal books. (Click here to see on Phillip Taylor’s Flickr page)
“SAILING EXTREMELY CLOSE TO THE WIND”:
A COURAGEOUS STATEMENT WHICH ILLUSTRATES WHY WE NEED FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN AN ERA OF CORRUPTION ACROSS THE WORLD
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Richmond Green Chambers, Reviews Editor, “The Barrister”, and Mediator
Sides are not being taken in the quest by author Shane Dowling who seeks to uncover points of view about what he calls “Australia’s Paedophile Protection Racket”. This is a paperback book published by Shane which should be viewed in both its historic and its jurisdictional perspectives by both Australian and Commonwealth lawyers.
For those readers unfamiliar with what Dowling submits, these are his main points from his book:
“Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on the 3rd September 2019 that 28% of paedophiles convicted of federal laws do not go to jail so the government is introducing mandatory sentencing laws. By June 2020 when the new laws were passed by the government it had risen to 39%. The minimum inference that can be drawn is that Australian judges and magistrates are running a paedophile protection racket otherwise they would be doing their jobs and jailing the convicted paedophiles.”
This is strong stuff with substantial implications for the law of defamation should the allegations be untrue. It must be for the individual to draw his or her own conclusions on what is a clear political policy.
Dowling offers two disturbing examples:
- Judge John North gave a confessed paedophile who abused two young girls a suspended sentence due to the paedophile suffering high cholesterol, sleeping problems, having had no sex education and then protected his identity with a suppression order in November 2017; and
- Convicted paedophile Robert Crick who sexually abused his 5-year-old grandson avoided jail in May 2020 after the Court of Appeal in NSW felt sorry for him because of his claimed health issues and they were worried he might catch the Coronavirus in jail.
The book follows campaigning journalist Dowling, who specialises in judicial and government corruption, as he submits names: 15 judges, 2 registrars and 1 magistrate as either known paedophiles or suspected paedophiles in an email sent to all the judges of the Supreme Court of NSW and relevant authorities. In this review I am intending throughout to be extremely careful to avoid any form of defamation, intentional or implied.
The documented evidence, Dowling concludes, “shows Chief Justice Tom Bathurst abusing his position and ordering court staff to stitch Shane Dowling up for 2 jail sentences”. Dowling continues stating that “there is an attempt for a third sentence”, writing “but they still can’t stop Shane Dowling exercising his right to political communication and free speech which is the real danger to the likes of Bathurst and Co”. In an era where freedom of speech is under attack across the world, I formed the view that Shane’s book should be read and evaluated by those who know more about this issue than I do.
Dowling makes further allegations, stating that there was a $2.2 million mafia bribe to NSW judges reported by the ABC and Fairfax Media in 2015 which Justice David Davies confirmed was true. The evidence for this point is given by a discussion with Dowling in the Supreme Court of NSW on the 30th November 2015. Dowling reported:
“Justice Davies said the bribe took place “30 or 40 years ago” in a clear attempt to downplay it as old news. I responded with words to the effect “it didn’t happen that long ago as one of the judges has only recently retired and there are other judges still on the bench”. Justice Davies then sat there like a stunned mullet and said nothing.” Whether this allegation is correct I do not know.
At the beginning of the review, I said I would not take sides as I do not know enough about the arguments put forward. However, I read the book with great interest for two reasons of jurisprudence: one, that we have freedom of expression as long as the defamation laws are not broken; and two, that if anything is correct in the book it highlights what many members of the judiciary know- there is massive corruption on a worldwide basis yet common law jurisdictions have always attempted to stamp out such corruption for it is a bad day for the world if such overt corruption is allowed to flourish. We need more books to try to set the record straight, but I just wonder how many are actually taking any notice today of what is being written: only time will tell.
End of the book review. (Click here to see on Phillip Taylor’s Flickr page)
The more the book is promoted the harder it becomes for the government to ignore the corruption that the book exposes.
Further details about the book reviewed by Phillip Taylor can be found in the first article I wrote when the book was launched (Click here to read) otherwise you can see the front cover and back cover below which has a book description. There are also book reviews on Amazon and Booktopia.
The book is available at many online bookshops otherwise you can ask your local bookshop to order it. Links to some of the online stores: Amazon, Fishpond, The Book Depository and overseas at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.
If you want the book delivered before Christmas Amazon Australia seems to be the quickest with their website currently saying the book will be delivered next week. Click here to check: Amazon
The front cover is below
The back cover is below
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