Judge follows custom, says McCullough

Best-selling author Colleen McCullough weighed into the furore surrounding Jeff Shaw, saying the former judge was just following the local custom and should be allowed to drink himself stupid.

“He is as much an Australian as anything else”, she said. “It’s Australian to start drinking when you are 12.” While in Melbourne to promote her latest book McCullough also said.

“The Poms are cracking the whip and it is an absolute disgrace. These are indigenous customs and should not be touched. The first people to colonise Australia were a bunch of common thieves and criminals, they are racially unique. It is only natural Jeff Shaw would steal his own blood sample to hide any incriminating evidence”.

“It is hypocritical too”, she said. “Does anyone object when a bunch of kids get drunk and piss in letter boxes over a weekend?

No Australian would dream of trying to stop the 1000s of drunken school leavers who terrorise the Gold Coast during Schoolies Week, but they are upset by one drunk judge”.

Australians are notorious for alcohol related accidents. The court system could not keep up if they were all prosecuted and the police force is ill-equipped to deal with the unique Australian drinking phenomenon.

Such incidents don’t usually make the front page of any newspapers. For many Australians heavy drinking is a part of the unique island culture and is encouraged from a very young age.

“Of course there are laws against under-age drinking”, said McCullough. “But these were just imposed by the British jailors. No one would think of enforcing them today. Substance abuse is considered tolerable by modern Australians”.

Australians are descendents from criminals who were sent here when the island was regarded as nothing more than a penal colony.

Most Australians pride themselves on being able to trace their ancestry to some petty British thief.One only has to look at the amount of alcohol drunk by the country's politicians.

There is no point in trying to send a signal to society or the community when politicians been abusing alcohol with impunity for decades.

Shaw was involved in a minor car accident and the matter drew national attention when it was revealed a blood sample had gone missing.

Shaw apparently quietly slipped the sample into his own pocket. Mr Shaw, one of Labor’s better attorneys-general and a distinguished Supreme Court judge, was forced to quit the bench in disgrace over the ensuing scandal of the missing blood vial.

Why he was afraid of any one knowing the sample showed a blood alcohol level of .225, more than four times over the legal limit, is the real mystery.

Most Australians would be proud of the fact they could drive home after drinking so much.

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