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I’m Not Your Mate, Friend

Thomas John Collins has a lot to learn about common courtesy. When Collins allegedly called Matthew McLaughlin, a Magistrate in Ipswich, Qld., Australia, “mate,” McLaughlin objected and ordered him to address him as “sir” or “your honor.” Collins’ response: “OK, mate.” McLaughlin immediately ordered Collins to jail. Judges are overreacting and “it is getting out of control,” said Ipswich City Councilor Paul Tully. “Some of these magistrates see themselves as Lord of the Fiefdom.” He has called on the Chief Magistrate to introduce annual anger management classes for all Queensland magistrates. “It’s probably time for magistrates to understand they have a wide variety of people before them and calling someone mate is a term of endearment.” Tully’s message to all magistrates is, “Come on mate, get off your high horse and show some tolerance.” (MS/Brisbane Courier-Mail) ...Off with his head!
Original Publication Date: 28 November 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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