In parliamentary debate this morning in Victoriaâ€™s Red Morgue Legislative Council, Barber proposed that hard grafting state government ministerial staff directed by their employers not to attend politicianâ€™s committee meetings would be imprisoned.
Barber and Laborâ€™s hard-man in the upper house Matt Viney slugged it out with Barber and all but identified him as leaking a parliamentary committee draft report to the Age newspaper. The Age reported that the committee was going to damn Attorney-General Hulls and various other government notables. It didnâ€™t.
State Press Gallery sources suggest that The Ageâ€™s Paul Austin is none-too-happy about being duped by Barber with a â€˜draftâ€™ report that bore little resemblance to the final one.
This act of leaking a confidential report could make the Greens party Victorian de facto leader Greg Barber guilty of the same offence of which he complains in relation to the hired help: contempt of parliament.
While bully-boy Barber wants poor old Peta Duke incarcerated for an indefinite period for merely doing her job, not even VEXNEWS proposes that Barber be imprisoned for leaking, even if it is to Paul Austin.
Some MPs and the Legislative Council staff though are believed to be intent on a formal inquiry into the leaking scandal, perhaps even contemplating a reference to the Victorian Ombudsman which could lead to all sorts of trouble for the Greens MP, including possible interaction with infamously troubled Ombudsman staffer Lachlan McCullough. In theory, the Parliament could jail or fine Barber for his contempt of Parliament.
A greater and more appropriate punishment for the power-tsar Green would probably be a long sentence of continued service in the Legislative Council. Indeed, environmental movement sources say the Greens party has done a sleazy and secret preference deal with no-hoper ex-Liberal staffer, unloved local politician and intending Northern Metropolitan candidate Stephen Mayne to help the perpetual loser sit on the cross-benches in the upper house where heâ€™d be sitting next to Barber and his comrades.
That should be punishment enough.