The High Court, Canberra; The High Court was the scene of even greater drama than The Castle when a disagreement between two sitting judges blew up into an all out brawl, culminating in a fall-in-pool scrag fight.
'Justice Susan Kiefel disagreed with Justice Susan Crennan's views during a case,' said Justice Michael Kirby excitedly, having left the high court pool where the fight took place to call for everyone to come watch.
Left: Justice Crennan
'Then as she was walking past the pool, Crennan stood on Kiefel's robe, causing her to jerk back. Kiefel turned and accused Crennan of doing it deliberately. Crennan stood up and said "see Mckonth V Commonwealth", referring to a case where whether a criminal action was intentional or not was essential to the outcome, which got Kiefel really fired up.'
Justice Kirby said that Kieful then slapped Crennan so hard that it knocked the justice's wig askew.
'Well, it was on for young and old. Pulling, scratching, biting then ... into the pool!' said the Justice with a dramatic flourish. 'I can see why you hetro fellows find it so exciting!"
The women continued to claw at each other, their wigs bobbing in the disturbed water like two elderly deflated hamsters, until Justices Gummow and Hayne leapt in and separated the sexy combatants.
'I will destroy you,' cried Crennan. 'You'll never get your hands on Carrington's oil money!'
The dripping ladies, their black robes clinging to their surprisingly lithe frames, were then escorted to Chief Justice Gleeson's chambers for a thorough debriefing on the issue.