The Herald Sun is really on to something with this:
But these fearless rabble rousers don’t go far enough. Did you know that while she was police commissioner Christine Nixon actually went home at night and slept WHILE CRIMES WERE BEING COMMITTED? That she would sometimes take time out of crime fighting to go to the bathroom? That she wasted precious seconds each day talking to her husband?
Some leader! She shouldn’t just be sacked. She should be shot out of a cannon into the sun. Only then will the bushfire gods be appeased.
UPDATE (9/3): A tip in Friday’s Crikey rumours section suggests a motivation for the News Ltd attack:
Don’t you get it with Christine Nixon? She is the centrepiece, with Janet Calvert Jones, of the Bruce Guthrie versus News Limited case. It is going to court, if Guthrie has his way. They are setting out to destroy her authoritative leadership image before she squeezes into the witness chair. This vilification (such as the photo in The Australian yesterday) will go on for days, if not weeks.
I’m not sure why Christine Nixon’s credibility has anything to do with Bruce Guthrie’s case, but if true that’d be disturbing evidence of how News Ltd is happy to abuse its power for its own gain.