RARELY has an extremist who happens to be the First Law Officer of an Australian state so boldly admitted to ‘flipping’ the rule of law. But rarely, if ever, has a government as vengeance-crazed and dangerous as the junta in Victoria held office in this country – in either colonial or federated times. Jaclyn Symes’ bravado may be ill-advised but it is well buttressed. China sycophant Mr Andrews is not content with a so-called pandemic bill designed to consolidate all power in his own hands – his version of Xi’s historic resolution. He also wants to abolish religious liberty and the presumption of innocence. There is no such thing in common law as an “affirmative consent model” compelling an accused to prove his or her innocence to a jury. You would have thought the attempt to reverse the onus of proof in the rigged prosecution of George Pell would have discouraged the Andrews Sisters from replacing Blackstone’s Ratio with Blackadder’s. But no.
The Liberal government in New South Wales has also decided to enact what the absurdly titled Attorney-General and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Mark Speakman, is selling beneath the flickering gaslight as common sense reforms “to make sexual consent laws easier to follow.” The presumption of innocence will be replaced with a gimcrack axiom that he and his feminist controllers invented: “the basic principle of common decency.” The ‘principle’ insists “consent is a free choice involving mutual and ongoing communication.” The Attorney-General has confirmed that married couples will also be required to seek prior approval for each and every twist and turn – not to mention kiss, tickle, thrust and nibble – of sexual intercourse. Men who fail to do so are rapists, according to the NSW Liberal Party. Technically, randy women who take matters into their own hands could also be prosecuted. No more pecking coppers on New Year’s Eve, girls. Speaking of Mr Speakman’s police, unelected Commissioner, Mick Fuller, is like his over-the-limit counterparts Australia-wide: he no longer stays in his lane. Fuller supports the ‘reforms’ because they will “improve victim outcomes.” He means enough men will be railroaded to get bluestockings off his back.
Most people have nothing but sympathy for Saxon Mullins, the then 18 year-old whose devastating sexual experience in 2013 ended in the acquittal of Luke Lazarus in 2018 and – three years later – to this ‘positive consent’ bill. The maxim-cum-cliché that hard cases make bad law has only limited relevance here. It is truer to say that politicising cases to appease culture warriors destroys the rule of law. That feminists are more interested in gender trolling than justice is obvious. Last week, the Perrottet government introduced a Zoe’s Law bill that, if enacted, will make killing an unborn baby during the commission of a crime against the mother a separate offence. Without any support from the left-wing establishment, the victim who pushed for this reform, Brodie Donegan, had to wait 12 years – not merely three – for change. Why? Because a women’s coalition kept derailing the bill on behalf of the abortion industry. They wanted the drugged driver who killed Mrs Donegan’s child to get away with it. Like Mr Lazarus, he had powerful and influential friends.