“I’m currently a magistrate, I don’t know for how long.”
As I reported here they were the words embattled Northern Territory Stipendiary Magistrate Peter Maley used to describe his job prospects at a public event in Darwin two weekends ago. Last evening Maley resigned his appointment as magistrate after eleven months and apparently intends to return to private practise as a solicitor.
It has been a rough few days in NT political and legal circles. Just last Friday Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Dave Tollner resigned following gay slurs made to a staffer (and son of a fellow Minister) in a cabinet meeting. This morning the opposition is calling for Attorney-General John Elferink to also fall on his sword after the Maley affair.
Close friend and recipient of a $5,000.00 election donation from Maley, Elferink issued this statement:
“Tonight I was contacted by Magistrate Peter Maley who has tendered his resignation,” he said. ”He has also advised the Chief Magistrate of his decision.
“I would like to thank Mr Maley for his service to the people of the Northern Territory and congratulate him for building a reputation as a fair, astute and hard-working magistrate during the short time that he was on the bench.”