Tuesday, 18 May 2010

"Rob Hulls’ obsession with tokenism"

While the media went quiet and even the Monarchist organisations in Victoria had not raised their voices recently in attacking the state’s Attorney-General Rob Hulls’ decision that criminal prosecutions should be brought in the name of the Director of Public Prosecutions rather than The Queen, the RadicalRoyalist attacked Mr. Hulls' decision that was taken without proper warning and without any public discussion here and here.

I am glad that Mr. Hulls’ natural opponent, Shadow Attorney-General Robert Clark, demonstrated his opposition to Mr. Hulls’ coup. This is what he replied:

I responded to the Attorney-General’s announcement during an interview on radio station 3AW, in which I said that I was concerned with Rob Hulls’ obsession with tokenism and that rather than waste his time on issues like this he ought to be concentrating on ensuring tougher and more effective sentences and reducing Victoria’s huge court waiting lists.

My investigations into the issue concluded that what the Attorney-General has announced is beyond his powers and usurping the role of judges. It is also in direct conflict with the rules made by judges about criminal court matters, which still provide for the use of The Queen’s name.

Thank you for your interest in this important issue. I am always pleased to hear from community members about matters of importance to the justice system in Victoria.

In case you want to contact the Shadow Attorney-General Robert Clark, send him an e-mail: robert-clark@parliament.vic.gov.au or visit his website http://www.blogger.com/www.robertclark.net

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