The West Australian
Our Honourable Chief Justice Wayne Martin QC is waking up to thepublic call to make our West Australian Judiciary uphold the Pillars of Justice: INTEGRITY, IMPARTIALITY AND INDEPENDENCE.
We as members of the public have been hitherto lamenting the fact that INTEGRITY of our Judiciary is lacking and here we have our beloved Chief Justice shoring up his efforts to make our Judiciary holding its head upright again. We have all been feeling ashamed and despondent --- hanging down our heads in shame - because we indeed have a corrupted Judiciary. We are elated that Chief Justice is breaking the ice and making the change for better governance of Western Australia.
Our Chief Justice is to be congratulated for voicing his support of public hearing by the CCC as the Attorney General is reasonably perceived by members of the public not to be doing his job as he should because it is alleged that there is a lack of separation of powers in the State ofWestern Australia.
As head of the Judiciary of West Australia, we salute our Chief Justice, to be brave enough to face the challenge of his peers and to be able to decide what is the common good for the people of Western Australia.
Unity Party WA
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Judge backs CCC public hearingsGareth Parker, The West Australian Updated February 23, 2012, 3:30 amChief Justice Wayne Martin has made a compelling case for the continued use of public hearings by the Corruption and Crime Commission, saying transparency and public confidence in the corruption watchdog outweighed the risk that reputations of investigation targets could be unfairly tarnished.Justice Martin was giving evidence to the CCC's parliamentary oversight committee, which is conducting an inquiry into the use of public hearings amid complaints from CCC targets - including former lobbyists Brian Burke and Julian Grill - that they were denied procedural fairness. It also comes after the suicide of a man questioned in connection with a City of Stirling graft investigation.His comments put him at odds with the CCC's Parliamentary Inspector, Chris Steytler, and former parliamentary inspector, now WA Governor, Malcolm McCusker, who gave evidence to the inquiry last year.Mr Steytler told the inquiry it should be a "very rare case" where the public interest in public hearings would outweigh potential prejudice and privacy interests.Mr McCusker said the proportion of the CCC's hearings held in public, about 30 per cent, was too high and likely to be unjustified given the damage they inflicted on witnesses' reputations.Justice Martin told the committee yesterday that he respectfully disagreed. Transparency and openness had become an essential feature of Western democracies and public confidence in investigative bodies like the CCC - with its extraordinary coercive powers - could be maintained only as long as the public could scrutinise them.He quoted Frank Costigan, who ran the "bottom of the harbour" tax evasion royal commission in the 1980s, who said: "Once you start investigating allegations of public corruption privately, you add to the smell of the cover-up."Justice Martin accepted reputations could sometimes be unjustifiably damaged in court and parliamentary proceedings but said it had never been accepted that the risk of that damage was sufficient justification to hold those proceedings in private."To the contrary, it has long been recognised that the risk of damage to the reputation of individuals is simply the price that one must pay for the greater public good of open and transparent proceedings," he said.
Judicial Corruption in AustraliaYou have to laugh at the boldness and hypocrisy with which Corrupt Public Servants are displaying on the High Courts website, a copy of a speech made by former Judge Michael Kirby entitled:LIVING ETHICS TACKLING JUDICIAL CORRUPTION GLOBALLYThe speech makes a good reading in which Michael Kirby gave details of the Ethical conduct with which a Judge should act and which can be found in the UN Convention against Corruption to which Australia is a party to. From the corrupt conduct of may Judges like William GUMMOW of the High Court of Australia, Peter GRAHAM and Margaret STONE of the Federal Court, is is clear that Corrupt Judges lack ethical conduct when making Judgements and Orders to protect Corrupt Public Servants, Lawyers and Judges.The Evidence against Corrupt Judges, Public Servants and Lawyers is over well-ming and to prevent that the Evidence be made Public, Corrupt Judges like Margaret Stone of the Federal Court of Australia make allegations of Abuse of Process, that Documents are scandalous or vexatious to Protect and Cover Up the corrupt conduct of Judges, Public Servants and to conceal forgery and criminal activity Lawyers like John Patrick Meehan.The Evidence that Corrupt Judges have no Ethics and are perverting and obstructing justice and are violating Human Rights and abusing the law in Australia for their own gains, is in the Public view and Corrupt Politicians that are protecting corrupt Judges, Public Servants and Lawyers would be Judged accordingly, that is a fact.Editor: Pedro Alfaro
Is there really a Separation of Power?This is a brilliant display of many things and MANY questions need to be asked by Australians!....
Did the Judge really listen to the case or was the verdict already decided and written before the case even started being presented?
The Judiciary and Polititions socially engineer us to "think" there is a separation of powers. After you read this you have to ask; Is the High Court there to adudicate as per the 'RULE OF LAW' or 'UPHOLD THE SYSTEM' no matter what?
Could it be that we have some 'BAD APPLES' on the high court bench?