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HULLSTOPIA: Comrades galore on the Victorian Supreme Court

smashthepatriachy Long-time Labor Party member and inner-city feminist writer Dr Karin Emerton has been appointed by Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls to the Supreme Court of Victoria.

She joins other Labor figures like Court of Appeal President Chris Maxwell in senior positions in Victorian courts. All judges are expected to resign their party membership upon appointment to judicial office.

SWEET GIG
There are compensations for this loss of party membership, Supreme Court judges get a full-time driver, car, business class travel, and a base salary of $333,000 per annum [pdf].

On top of of the base salary judges receive around $180,000 per annum after retirement, in a defined benefit super scheme of the kind abolished for politicians thanks to Mark Latham. At the time he pledged to scrap defined benefit schemes, Latham said they were seven times as generous as those enjoyed by other members of the community. Supreme Court judges in other states have previously banded together to combat Commonwealth efforts to place taxes on their superannuation.

Earlier this year, Supreme Court judges were discovered to have been overpaid by many thousands of dollars. Word is that some have been rather tardy in repaying the extra.

EMERTON QUICK OFF THE MARK
It’s a rapid rise for the Labor lawyer, as she was appointed a Senior Counsel in November 2007.

Emerton is believed to have written an unpublished 1987 paper “Figures of the Feminine”, much praised in feminist literature such “Volatile bodies: towards corporeal feminism.”

Aside from a stellar legal career, Dr Emerton is no academic slouch either, and was awarded her doctorate of philosophy for “The Feminine in Philosophy” in 1987.

Her work has also been quoted favourably in the publication “Feminist Criminology.”

Emerton is not only a long-standing party member, she is clearly well-connected throughout the ALP. Our predecessor publication reported that she represented the national secretariat of the ALP in court when it was administered by Tim Gartrell. It is understood she was in the Fitzroy branch of the ALP for a time, an area normally identified as a bastion of the inner-urban Socialist Left.

Aside from her extensive Labor connections, Dr Emerton will be able to fit right in to the court straight away, having worked closely together with Court of Appeal boss Chris Maxwell when providing pro bono legal assistance to the Womens Electoral Lobby back in the day.

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  1. Too many bleeding hearts on our courts. We need hanging judges. Bring back capital punishment I say. No Labor feminista softies on the bench.

    Posted by Mad Monk | October 13, 2009, 12:59
  2. talk about a conflict of interest. rob hulls you are a disgrace

    Posted by god help us Rob Hulls is acting premier | October 13, 2009, 13:01
  3. $333,000 a year while real workers on minimum wage are paid less than 10% of that, just $29,200 a year.

    Then the Labor Government denies the lowest paid any rise while they pump their own salaries and that of other taxpayer funded positions as well.

    Then the Labor Governments, state and federal, push their own revenues higher by increasing statutory charges eg car rego etc by CPI while the lowest paid dont get any wage rise to cover these rising government costs.

    Again, the poorest are fucked over by the wealthy ruling class.

    Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009, 13:05
  4. $333,000 a year while real workers on minimum wage are paid less than 10% of that, just $29,200 a year.

    Then the Labor Government denies the lowest paid any rise while they pump their own salaries and that of other taxpayer funded positions as well.

    Then the Labor Governments, state and federal, push their own revenues higher by increasing statutory charges eg car rego etc by CPI while the lowest paid dont get any wage rise to cover these rising government costs.

    Again, the poorest are screwed by the wealthy ruling class.

    Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009, 13:05
  5. What an embarrassment to our judicial system

    Posted by Concerned | October 13, 2009, 13:11
  6. Another Hulls disgrace. Leftists in control.

    Posted by go help us Rob Hulls sucks oxygen | October 13, 2009, 13:15
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    Posted by are you going to moderate this space? | October 13, 2009, 14:45
  8. $330,000 + the rest in extras is nothing compared to what a decent silk or barrister earns a year which is a million minimum.

    For most judges going to the bench requires them to take a heavy pay cut.

    Posted by pay cut | October 13, 2009, 14:51
  9. You forgot to mention that Judges get an indexed linked pension for life in retirement also.

    Posted by god help us Rob Hulls sucks oxygen | October 13, 2009, 15:48
  10. ah yes that was mentioned

    Posted by god help us if you could actually read | October 13, 2009, 16:21
  11. This is not the first time. Rob Hulls appointed his former media advisor, Sally Finlay, to the board of the Victorian Law Foundation early this year. What kind of experience did your from media advisor have Rob? She was a former age journo and yet she sits on Law Foundation board? Now that’s a bloody disgrace Rob. Conflict of interest written all over it.

    Story is attached below

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,,25826861-17044,00.html

    Posted by god help us Rob Hulls is acting premier | October 13, 2009, 16:42
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    Posted by [deleted] | October 13, 2009, 17:10
  13. What an insult to the handful of non-political justices left on the bench. This bint has no specialist knowledge of law other than that which applies to a few hairy-legged victims of the ugly stick. The only consolation is that one day — and soon — we’ll all get to bucket Hulls and his dumb acolytes with the same derision we now pour on Kirner and her ideological wombats. Scorn doesn’t begin to describe it.

    Posted by Gulag survivor | October 13, 2009, 19:40
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    Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009, 19:41
  15. this is almost as funny as Rob’s charter of human rights that makes no sense what so ever

    Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009, 19:56
  16. What happened to the ALP policy to do away with wigs and gowns in the County and Supreme Courts? Another Rob Hulls backflip.

    Posted by god help us Rob Hulls sucks oxygen | October 14, 2009, 1:03
  17. Hulls complains when retired Judges challenge the capabilities of some of his appointments but then you read about this hairy armpitted comrade and you just shake your head in disbelief. No wonder there is such little respect for our Judiciary. Just hope you dont have to front her if you are a male contesting a sister from the Left!

    Posted by scarlet pimpernel | October 14, 2009, 9:56
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    In this case, there were some comments in both those categories made that we hadn’t noticed and wished he had. We apologise to anyone offended by them.

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    It’s disgusting and banal claim and as racy as VEXNEWS can be, we’ll have no part of that, thank you very much.

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    Posted by VEXNEWS | October 14, 2009, 19:57
  19. thanks andy – good work

    Posted by cheers | October 15, 2009, 8:26
  20. You mean Victoria has a Supreme Court? You wot? Forgive the ignorance of a gin-soaked decrepit ‘Underneaf the Arches’ Eastender, but that’s like the London Borough of Brent having a Supreme Court. How many of your tax dollars go on the entire rotten Federal system,not just this bit? The bigger the machine, the cruder the engineering…..and don’t dilly dally on the way…

    Posted by Ken Livingstone I Presume | October 15, 2009, 12:13
  21. HOw many judges on the Supreme Court are lefties though or ex-Labor members? Is it really that many?

    Posted by Adam | October 16, 2009, 0:07
  22. If she was becoming a poli, this crap would be relevent – but she’s becoming a judge so look at her legal credentials. Anyone who’s worked with Karin when she was a barrister will tell you she’ll be an intelligent, fair and wise judge. Her political beliefs are irrelevant.

    Posted by someone who understands our democratic system | October 18, 2009, 12:21

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