Piers Akerman's article provides insight to the incredible hypocrisy of Labor. Many legal minds are aghast at judge Steven Rares' reasoning. Ashby's appeal is essential.
If this case stands - Ashby has indicated he intends to appeal - then judges will have to carefully examine motive in other cases and certainly when sexual harassment is alleged. Which makes one wonder how the federal government stands with its promised commission into institutional sexual abuse. It appears patently obvious that a significant number of the claims made against the Catholic Church have been made by people whose primary aim is to raise "scandalous and damaging allegations, knowing that they would receive very significant media coverage".