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Self promotion ... Academics scramble to peddle influence with High Court judges ... Government seeks new role for s.18C ... Twenty-one years later, the cheque arrives ... Read more ... 


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Justinian Columnists

Polly Peck in Canberra looks at the Whitlam government's law reforms ... A welter of changes and improvements ... Dragging Australia into the modern era ... Hostilities aplenty ...  Read more ... 




Justinian Bloggers

Brisbane barrister Kylie Hillard argues that the lack of female judicial appointments in Queensland is damaging confidence in the courts ... Disappearing women ... Warnings from Michael McHugh ignored ... Overwhelmingly white and male gives rise to perceptions of injustice ... Read more ...

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    "That complaint has come not just from the usual suspects of the paradoid fantasist left, but from reputable conservative commentators as well, including [The Australian's] Greg Sheridan. I respectfully disagree with their criticism." 

    Attorney General George Brandis defending security laws that criminalise reporting of special intelligence operations. October, 14, 2014 ... READ MORE >>


    Justinian Featurettes

    Justice, with one foot forward ... William Eicholtz's Lady of Justice is firmly ensconced on the wall of the Country Court building in Melbourne ... Arts writer Mark Holsworth reports ... Read on ... 


    Justinian's archive

    Are these people fit to run a casino? ... Packer consigliere John Alexander orders TV news story attacking Kerry Stokes and then demands reinstatement of the journalist he favoured to produce the attack ... Boning ... Suppression ... Backstabbing ... Vendettas ... From Justinian's archive, June 30, 2006 ... Read more ...


     

    Justinian featurettes

     

    There's another world beyond law and lawyering ... and here you can find it: reviews, wine notes, interviews, and the unpacking of the human condition.  

    Critics' Corner: reviews of books, films and TV by Worm and I. Box.
    Déjà Vu: marvellous slices of history from Justinian's bulging archive. 
    Jaws: food, glorious food.
    JustyFlix: our film crew covers the most glittering events on the calendar. 
    Miss Lumière: spends a lot of time in the dark, reviewing films. 
    On the Couch: where notable notables bear their souls. 
    Wendler on Wine: spectacular wine reviews, gargling and spitting from barrister Gabriel Wendler.  

    All our featurettes have escaped from inside the paywall.  

     


    Thursday
    Sep182014

    Justice, with one foot forward

    William Eicholtz's Lady of Justice is firmly ensconsed on the wall of the Country Court building in Melbourne ... Arts writer Mark Holsworth speaks to the sculptor and finds out how he went about creating this bold expression of justice  

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    Thursday
    Sep042014

    Helen Garner

    In This House of Grief Helen Garner lives and breathes the trials of Robert Farquharson, who was found guilty of the murder of his three young sons after driving his car into a dam near Geelong ... The courtroom as theatre and tedium ... The barristers, the judge, the competing stories ... The man and his murders ... Author Helen Garner is on Justinian's couch 

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    Tuesday
    Aug122014

    Too much speech 

    The Human Rights Commission's symposium on free speech, under the baton of Freedom Boy ... Originally designed to reboot the s.18C reforms, the show lost its sizzle because Soapy Brandis' didn't ... Many still clinging to the hope that one day we'll get a Bigots' Bill ... Mark Dreyfus rather spoils Timbo's parade ... Kate Lilly was there at ringside 

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    Monday
    Jul212014

    Peter Russo

    Labor candidate for the seat of Sunnybank is well-known Brisbane solicitor Peter Russo ... Driven into politics by the Newman government's assault on criminal defendants and the independence of the judiciary ... Russo is on Justinian's Couch discussing important things, like food, the use of breath fresheners and the contents of his bedside table  

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    Tuesday
    Jul152014

    Peter Underwood and the theme from Jaws

    Peter Lyons remembers Peter Underwood ... Governor of Taswegia, former chief justice, former judge ... Social justice and legal education were his calling cards ... Obituary 

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    Monday
    Jun022014

    Jane Needham

    Meet the new president of the NSW Bar ... Jane Needham SC on Justinian's couch ... Analysis ... Confessions ... Kosher mayonaisse ... Songs about love-gone-wrong ... Last meal 

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    Wednesday
    Apr232014

    Hidden Grange hogs the limelight

    The 1959 Grange Hermitage ... Barry O'Farrell undone by an indifferent wine ... No wonder he forgot it ... Last of the "hidden" Granges, made in secret and in defiance of the Penfolds' directors ... Think '59 Grange ...Think Bill Lawrie ... Our wine man Gabriel Wendler critiques the wine at the heart of Winegate 

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    Friday
    Apr112014

    Jay Williams

    Jay Williams is the barrister appearing for some of the asylum seekers on Manus Island ... He's been representing them before a court of inquiry into alleged human rights abuses ... Deported by the PNG government ... Further proceedings pending ... From Melbourne to the Sydney bar via Arnhem Land with Immanuel Kant in his back pocket ... Now he's on Justinian's couch 

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    Thursday
    Mar202014

    Don Weatherburn

    Don Weatherburn is the hard facts man of the NSW criminal justice system ... He reminds the politicians that statistics don't lie ... A man who has blended a love of crime with a love of statistics ... He's on Justinian's couch, which is as good a reason as any to mention his new book, Arresting Incarceration 

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    Wednesday
    Mar192014

    Dispatches from the front line

    Cossack charges off the field of battle ... Soapy in all his finery ... Juries and the finer points of the LBW rule ... Roughshagger picks-up the pace ... Lawyers saved by OLSC systems failure ... A short history of fun-filled superimpositions  

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