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The salad days of Malcolm Turnbull ... The new prime minister's celebrated missteps and misjudgments ... Blunderbuss ... Overplaying his Costigan hand ... Trauma at Tourang ... Goldman Sachs and FAI ... Not-so-ancient history ... Read more ... 


The Wolf of Phillip Street ... Drugs and lawyers ... Lawyers and drugs ... Getting busted while on the roll ... The stories that 'come up' at lunch ... Don't forget the CCTV cameras ... From our baby barrister blogger, Unrobed ... Read more ...

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    "If I wasn't strong, determined, controlling and got them into government, from opposition I might add, then I would be weak and not up to it and should have to go and be replaced.

    You will want to have women like me in politics. You will want to have women like me sitting in power." 

    Peter Credlin, chief-of-staff to former prime minister Tony Abbott, speaking at the Australian Women's Weekly Women of the Future Awards. September 22, 2015 ... READ MORE >>

    Justinian Featurettes

    Viticulture in Van Diemen's land ... Lawyers and the grape ... Guy Green and William Cox - Tasmania's vine growing chief justices, who managed not to produce any wine ... Gabriel Wendler reviews a painstaking history of Tasmanian wine ... Read more ... 

    Justinian's archive

    Love letters to a cat ... A young Malcolm Turnbull warns his ex-girlfriend’s cat about the treachery of new boyfriends ... Cat asked to intercede in broken romance drama ... A Justinian exclusive ... From the archive, June 17, 2009 ... 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.  



    Viticulture in Van Diemen's Land

    Lawyers and the grape ... Guy Green and William Cox - Tasmania's vine growing chief justices, who managed not to produce any wine ... Gabriel Wendler reviews a painstaking history of Tasmanian wine 

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    Richard McHugh

    Richard McHugh is a Sydney silk from a distiguishged legal and political family. He did his masters at Yale and worked for a time at a Wall Street law shop ... He used to appear regularly in the defamation courts, but has shifted his focus to commercial law, most recently appearing for Ginia Rinehart in the big family trust stoush ... A keen photographer he has turned his attention to writing ... Charlie Anderson's General Theory of Lying, published by Penguin, is his first novel ... Here he is, on Justinian's couch 

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    Judge unimpressed with impressive looking advocate

    Someone called "Lord Chief Justice Thompson" said that Lord Harley could wear ribbons on his barrister's gown ... Except, there is no Lord Chief Justice Thompson and Lord Harley is not a barrister ... The transcript has emerged in the "Harry Potter" case ... Eccentricities galore  

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    Fiona McLeod

    Victorian silk Fiona McLeod now presides over the nation's briefs as head of the Australian Bar Association ... What is the ABA all about? ... And what does it's president stand for? ... Here she is with rare insights, on the couch 

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    Wine encounters in London

    Wendler in London ... Cruising Gordon's Wine Bar, Penfolds Wine Lounge and a Russian oligarch's lavish venture, Hedonism Wines ... Unfortunately, the Stinking Bishop was missing 

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    Keith Mason

    The former president of the NSW Court of Appeal is at it again ... Another sparking book on lawyers and the law ... Published in time for Christmas stockings ... Tall stories and true ... Keith Mason is venting on Justinian's couch 

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    Daniel Young

    Former lawyer and tax consultant with KPMG, Dan Young rides the wave of the inner-city bicycle boom ... We've lured Dan off the saddle and onto Justinian's couch to learn about the the transition from law to the art of bicycle mechanics ... 

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    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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    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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    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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