In the midst of early January's tabloid-driven frenzy on so called "African gangs", Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton decided to attack judicial officers on talkback radio. This included a pot shot at another of Dutton's favourite targets, civil libertarians, including those who had been appointed to the bench. According to Dutton such appointments have somehow contributed to a law and order crisis in Victoria. This forms part of a regular pattern of attacks by "conservative" politicians and commentators on the judiciary. Such attacks threaten the rule of law and the independence of judicial officers – they undermine, and are calculated to undermine, public confidence in the courts.
Read the full article by Liberty Victoria Senior Vice President, Michael Stanton: Dutton's attacks on the judiciary are anything but conservative