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Shameless Christine Nixon blames others for her own failures

July 30, 2011

Shameless Christine Nixon blames others for her own failures

After the Black Saturday fires of 2009 we would expect that every person charged with the safety and lives of Victorian would face intense examination. We would expect that the sheer numbers of those killed did not become some trifling statistic flung away after the news died down. Nor should we expect that any enquiry as a result of the largest natural disaster in Australia’s history would descend into a whitewash to protect the careers of anyone who failed in their professional duty.

Ah, but in the Christine Nixon universe she is the victim. Yet what about the 173 people killed on that day? Nixon believes that she should be let off the hook for deserting her post on that day. She believes that she was hard down when her own actions on Black Saturday showed a complete disregard for the responsibilities of her office as Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Police. As revealed in the Black Saturday Royal Commission her actions on that day included: getting a haircut; working with a co-author on her autobiography for 45minutes leaving work to enjoy a mean with her family at a pub. And for the three hours that she enjoyed her meal she neither made a mobile phone nor received any. The family meal at the pub was a detail that she omitted to tell to the Royal Commission on her first appearance but when it was revealed in media Nixon was summoned back to explain her evasiveness.

Meanwhile Victoria was ablaze with its worst bushfire in history. Thousands of homes burned, hospitals and ambulances filled up with burn victims. Town were cut off from escape. People died in front of their neighbours, friend and families. Yet where was the Commander in Chief of the Emergency Services? She was off acting as if she had no responsibility as all in the hair salon; writing her autobiography and at the pub. Would anyone feel safer with her in charge of any critical situation again? Or as former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennet remarked that had she been in the armed forces she would have been court marshalled. Lucky for Christine that this was not the case.

You would expect that after so many failures of her duty to care for the lives and safety of those who suffered on Black Saturday Christine Nixon would put her head down and hide from further public endeavours. Her actions on that day went beyond sheer incompetence of not knowing what to do in a crisis. It went beyond panic of making a few honest but drastic mistakes. At the very heart of her action was every indication that she was too cowardly to do her job at the very moment that she was expected do it. Instead she ran off and avoided any responsibility. At the very moment that the state of Victoria required leadership Christine was at the hairdresser. At the moment when they needed heroes she locked in her office dictating her autobiography. And where those emergency service heroes were giving all they had to save lives Christine was hiding in the Pub. Her own actions on that day inevitably destroyed her reputation.

Yet this is not how Christine Nixon sees it as she strikes out in her co-authored (same may say ghost written) autobiography Fair Cop (the autobiography she was working on as Victoria burned). Ms Nixon believes that she is a victim of relentless media campaign because of a vendetta. She even claims that the Royal Commission was ‘Kangaroo Court’ after she made explain her omissions of detail. Yet for Christine it was the ‘sexist’ and ‘fattist’ (is fattist even a word?) agenda of those who are out to tear her down.

There you have it. As long as she is waving the feminist flag and as long as she remains obese her action should not be questioned. We should all feel better about a world where obese feminists can attain the highest levels of responsibility despite being absolutely incompetent. Better still radical feminists like Leslie Cannold can still hold Ms Nixon up as hero despite her absolute cowardice on Black Saturday. Finally we have Prime Minister Julia Gillard planning to launch the book next week.

I think they call this a loser fest.

Christine Nixon may feel as if she has been hard done by but that pales in comparison to how she failed the people of Victoria on Black Saturday in 2009. Stripped of all symbolism about being a successful obese female (this is her inference not mine) she was put into a position and failed dismally. Instead of writing a long book about how she was hard done by being held to account, it would be far better that she apologized and stopped trying to pretend that she was some kind of hero.

Clearly she is not.

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