Some expected the smooth operator would take her medicine and keep her head down as the courts dealt with a scandal involving the missing millions of an elderly man in her care.
If she has done no wrong, plenty of people have recovered from worse than this storm. While her management of the manâ€™s money raised eyebrows about whether she was exploiting him, it is not yet a Police matter and will not necessarily be enough to have her removed from the Logan shire councillor, of which she is a member. Nor was there any move to expel the long-standing party member of her membership. Party insiders say that she is expected to resign or might even be expelled if the blog crusade continues.
But now there have been rumours in the area that Ban or her husband Sean Black might run as an independent conservative candidate to undermine the LNPâ€™s efforts in the seat.
Their candidate Scott Buchholz â€“ who is an electorate officer for LNP Senator Barnaby Joyce – is criticised for living more than 500 kilometres away from the seat but has promised to move there.
Instead of being supportive of the new LNP candidate she is using her blog to blame people in the â€œLNP hierarchyâ€ for her own self-caused fall and in her most recent post has even praised the ALP.
BARRISTER OR FAKER?
VEXNEWS on the weekend exposed allegations from within the LNP that Ban was not a barrister, as she repeatedly claims. She has responded to the suggestion she wasnâ€™t really a barrister and explains while sheâ€™s not a member of the Bar Association, her reason is that itâ€™s not compulsory and that she doesnâ€™t like unions:
Some of the claims emanate from the fact that I have never been a member of the Bar Association. I mean where do people get off, donâ€™t they realise I donâ€™t like unions? The law is not a closed shop; the Bar Association is not compulsory for Barristers to join.
The Bar Association is obviously not a union.
She explains that while she might not work as a barrister, she did enough to get admitted, including doing her pupilage under Russell Tacon, a barrister and LNP activist who took a keen interest in her career:
I worked hard at establishing my career in law. In fact before I was elected to Beaudesert Shire Council law was my life, as I studied and worked towards achieving justice for people that were cast aside or chewed up by the system.
While I was gaining my experience most of my work was pro bono. I had to build experience, and am grateful for the lessons it taught me. The law is a firm grounding for politics. I represented clients in tough negotiations seeking justice, not dissimilar to what I do now.
I appeared before the Beenleigh and Inala Magistrate Courts on behalf of clients; both courts are tough environments where I represented people who were desperate and seeking justice. All of this was done as I undertook my pupilage under the direction of Mr Russell Tacon. Court records show my advocacy; itâ€™s funny how critics can find court papers referencing me in QCAT proceedings but not papers showing where I appeared for clients!
Reading between the lines it seems she did enough to get admitted and then soon after focused full-time on being a Logan city councillor (where councillors are paid a full-time salary).
HAJNAL HATING THE HIERARCHY
And Ban also continued to attack the blokes she seemed to have been very keen to impress previously with an array of cosmetic surgery that appears to have modified her from head to toe:
The men of the hierarchy making these claims about my career are usually bullies, desperate to trash women and keep female achievements in the closet.
Women like me usually threaten these menâ€™s relevance. What these men say is usually a reflection about themselvesâ€¦ Arbitrary justice by men without an understanding of the real world is what people find distasteful about politics and for that matter the law.
What worries LNP observers about these remarks is that these men had nothing to do with her decision to transfer many hundreds of thousands of dollars from the bank account of an elderly man (who is not a relative) to her own. These men did no invoke concerned Queensland regulators. All they did was remove her in circumstances where that was probably best for her too, insiders say.
BUT SOME MEN HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY SUPPORTIVE OF HAJNAL
One of these men in the LNP hierarchy was in fact Russell Tacon who also served on the Logan council with her. Ban has spoken of her close relationship with Tacon:
Cr Ban said she met Russell Tacon at a fruit shop in Park Ridge where she worked a decade ago while putting herself through a law degree at Griffith University. He helped her become a barrister and then a politician, as well as paying for her $40,000 leg-lengthening surgery in Russia.
Mr Tacon, also a barrister, introduced Cr Ban to public life, encouraging her to join the National Party, but not before making sure she stood out.
"He knew that one of the things I wanted to do was become taller," Cr Ban explained. "He says: ‘Pet, I’ve found an operation that will make you taller’. And I said: ‘Really? What is this?’ I wasn’t sure what he was on about."
The pair travelled to Kurgan in the Ukraine for nine months. He nursed her back to health.
"They don’t give you a lot of medication for the pain, so the doctors used to suggest vodka to numb the pain. So, every day, he’d go down to the shops and he’d empty out the shelves of vodka and Baileys (Irish Cream)," she said.
That sounds like a very supportive friend and mentor and not at all like the â€œmen in the LNP hierarchyâ€ she seems so keen to condemn.
She insists sheâ€™s no feminist although did reserve special praise for her political opponents in the ALP for dumping an incompetent leader:
Not that my views are rooted in feminism. As Margaret Thatcher said, â€œI owe nothing to Womenâ€™s Libâ€. My views are firmly rooted in distaste for incompetence, and to me it seems the very people that our state and country need at the moment have lost their way. At least the ALP recently recognised this.
Banâ€™s husband Sean Black was once an ALP member until named in the Shepherdson Inquiry into electoral enrolment rorts.