"Michael, your shoulder just doesn't know how important you are."
Physiotherapist Stuart Baptist to Michael Rose, after the chief executive partner of Allens experienced debilitating pain following surgery. The Australian Financial Review, November 6, 2013
"This is not some wog Lebanese [thing where] we all eat from the one bloody plate."
Eddie Obeid at ICAC, defending the accusation that he was involved in joint business ventures with his sons. November 18, 2013
"It doesn't matter how much education you've had, it doesn't matter whether you've come from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, anywhere else, it doesn't matter whether you're a child, it doesn't matter whether you're pregnant, it doesn't matter whether you're a woman, it doesn't matter whether you're an unaccompanied minor, it doesn't matter if you have a health condition - if you're fit enough to get on a boat then you can expect you're fit enough to end up in offshore processing."
Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, at the Sovereign Borders briefing, November 15, 2013
"Australia feels totally different to six months ago. Govt will cut massive regulations giving real optimism. Should cancel wild spending."
Rupert Murdoch via Twitter. November 2, 2013
"What we need to see is those involved in the court system, the insiders in the legal system, start to realise that that's what the community wants and they need to act accordingly to protect the community."
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman instructing the judges to do what the community wants. October 23, 2013
''Your honour, if you have concerns then I certainly accept that they are well-grounded. I accept that it's very likely that the remarks were wrongful and I mean, if somebody such as yourself has those concerns then I certainly regret making them ...
Your honour, I apologise if by what I said or did I have in any way compromised the conduct of the current proceedings or done anything to embarrass myself professionally or any of the other participants in this proceedings.''
John Hyde Page responding to concerns by Justice Nye Perram following the Sydney barrister's description of the tax haven taskforce Project Wickenby as a "Gestapo unit". Federal Court, Sydney, October 17, 2013
"Prince Harry, I regret to say that not every Australian is a monarchist, but today everyone feels like a monarchist."
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, October 5, 2013
"I considered that those costs were within parliamentary entitlements, since they were incurred in the course of attendance at a function primarily for work-related purposes. I remain of that view."
Attorney General George Brandis "QC", justifying a claim of nearly $1,700 for attending the wedding of right wing shock-jock Michael Smith. September 29, 2013
"Indonesian flagged boats with Indonesian crews are breaking our laws bringing people into our territorial waters. Their people, their boats, their crews are breaching our sovereignty.
Indonesians need to understand that, instead of a lot of pious rhetoric about the Australian government threatening their sovereignty."
Former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer displaying his grasp of obligations under the Refugee Convention. September 26, 2013
"This is not about me. This is about our country."
Sophie Mirabella announcing she did not wish to be a contender for the Abbott ministry while the vote count in Indi was still undecided. September 12, 2013
"Our papers are not aligned to one side of politics or another."
Spokesman for News Corp, responding to Tom Watson MP's criticism of bias and dishonest reporting.The Australian Financial Review, August 27, 2013
A simple roller and a suit pack most of the time. No need for tiaras. This way I never get caught by misdelivered luggage.
Enough melatonin tablets, which result in a refreshing sleep. Occasional sexual dreams are a reported byproduct of taking melatonin. But who's complaining? Dream on."
Travel tips from former High Court justice Michael Kirby. The Sydney Morning Herald, August 17, 2013
"Qantas says eight young indigenous men who boarded QF2178 from Sydney to Port Macquarie during Reconciliation Week in May 2010 were 'intoxicated' and 'abusive' ... and called a flight attendant f***ing white trash'.
The barrister representing the members of the Dunghutti nation ... said his clients had simply been 'boisterous' after participating in a leadership program ..."
Report of a court case where eight Aboriginal men are suing Qantas for false imprisonment. The Sydney Morning Herald, August 13, 2013
"The modern jury is old. But it is not a sick man. It is vigorous. If it 'slips through our hands', it will be our fault. The time for making the 'necessary adjustments' - for parcelling out its estate among its greedy and expectant heirs - has not yet arrived."
Dyson Heydon on juries, with references to a conversation in 1853 between Tsar Nicholas 1 and Sir George Hamilton Seymour, the British Ambassador to St Petersburg. The Australian Financial Review, August 2, 2013
"The reports that I knew about, let alone tolerated payments to police, are completely false."
Rupert Murdoch "clarifying" to Commons select committee his remark to Sun journalists that, "We're talking about payments for news tips from cops: that has been going on a hundred years, absolutely." July 17, 2013
"I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way ... We are both tactile people."
Charles Saatchi, announcing he is going to divorce Nigella Lawson. July 7, 2013
"Just trust me."
Rupert Murdoch, to a group of upset Sun journalists and executives, at a secretly recorded meeting after News International had shopped its own reporters to the police. Broadcast by Channel 4, July 4, 2013
"[I will be able to] spread my wings and try to assist the legal profession even more directly."
Steve Mark, outgoing NSW Legal Services Commissioner. Lawyers Weekly, June 28, 2013
"A philosopher? I do philosophy? I read philosophy. I spend time with philosophy. Am I a philosopher? I don't know."
French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy in answer to the question, "Do you still think of yourself as a philosopher"? Financial Times, June 16, 2013
"We're very upset with the law in Australia protecting lawyers. They take advantage of you."
Siusheng Lee, formerly a Chinese community liason officer for Keddies, then a source for Firths, now back in the Keddies camp. The Sydney Morning Herald, June 10, 2013
"The re-introduction of QCs will also help clear up confusion because a number of other titles are abbreviated to SC, including Special Counsel and the Star of Courage."
Queensland attorney general Jarrod Bleijie, June 7, 2013
MR GORDON: Can I just make a couple of observations, your Honour?
HIS HONOUR: Sure. Mr Gordon, before you proceed, are you president of the Footscray Football Club.
MR GORDON: No, that’s Mr Peter Gordon, who is a colleague of mine.
HIS HONOUR: Peter Gordon. Yes, tell him they’re not doing too well.
MR GORDON: He knows.
HIS HONOUR: As a long time member I’m dissatisfied.
MR GORDON: I’ll pass that on, your Honour.
HIS HONOUR: Thank you, Mr Gordon.
MR GORDON: And may Mr Gordon contact you?
HIS HONOUR: He may indeed.
MR BARRY: Tell him not to get any matters before the Supreme Court.
HIS HONOUR: No, if he rectifies the situation I’ll give him a free kick.
MR GORDON: Your Honour, I should add that Mr Gordon says they are on the right track, if that assists your Honour.
HIS HONOUR: It does, greatly.
ADJOURNED TO 31 MAY 2013 AT 9.30 AM [12.15 pm]
Proceedings before Chief Justice Higgins in the ACT Supreme Court.
"Better late than never."
Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, questioned as to why it took 18 years to petition Rome for a convicted paedophile priest to be defrocked. Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse, May 20, 2013
"For a trainer to look down on him [former jockey Allan Robinson], even the word 'little' jockey - as though they're some superior form of life that trains horses. Gai is a failed actress who married a perjurer."
Solicitor for Allan Robinson, Chris Murphy, responding to Gai Waterhouse's remarks at the Racing NSW inquiry into the More Joyous affair. May 7, 2013
"News Corporation acknowledges the meaningful role the plaintiffs and their counsel played in the company's continuing efforts to enhance the important compliance and governance structures and policies that the board and management of News Corporation have adopted over the last year and are adopting as part of the settlement."
Statement accompanying $US139 million settlement of shareholder action against directors of News Corp for breach of fiduciary duties. April 22, 2013
"What he wants is the best for the town he grew up in. He wants to do something very special for Sydney. It's not about making money. He's a very caring human being, James."
Packer family friend Lloyd Williams on James Packer's plan to "give" Sydney a harbour-side casino. GoodWeekend, April 13, 2013
"There's one thing we have not won. We have not persuaded people that the market does better because it is more moral."
Rupert Murdoch, in a speech to the Institute of Public Affairs, Melbourne. April 4, 2013
"We hold ourselves to the highest legal and ethical standards. The behaviour as described is unacceptable to DLA Piper and our clients. The emails were in fact an offensive and inexcusable effort at humour, but no way reflect actual excessive billing."
DLA Piper's response to an email exchange within the firm about inflating a client's bill: "Churn that bill, baby ... That bill shall know no limits". March 26, 2013
"I didn't come here to have a chemically difficult discussion. I came here to assist the committee to actually look at the legislation."
Kim Williams, CEO of News Ltd, at the Senate committee inquiring into media reforms. March 18, 2013
"They stare out from their judgments with the suberb elegance of noblemen in Renaissance portraits - utterly confident of their own ability, pretty sure that no other judge has yet grasped the key points and that some may never do so, certain that the parties have not, glorifying in their own self-perceived terribilita."
Former High Court judge Dyson Heyson on dominant judicial personalities. Law Quarterly Review, March 2013
HAYNE J: I am not for a moment suggesting to the contrary, Mr Jackson. What I am putting to you is whether grants of any aid or bounty as a composite phrase, though it can obviously be divided in the fashion and, I suspect, must be divided between grants of any aid and grants of any bounty, may not be disclosing a universe which is a universe of parliamentarily-authorised provision of money and that that is the boundary of the universe.
MR JACKSON: I was not sure whether your Honour said 'may not' or 'may'?
HAYNE J: By this hour of the day, Mr Jackson, I am probably not certain ...
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd & Ors v The Commonwealth of Australia. High Court transcript, March 7, 2013
"Those who drafted the Constitution, those who secured legislative approval of it by each colonial legislature, and the people who approved it by their ballots would each say, if they could examine the authorities on the implied freedom of communication: 'Non haec in foedera veni'."
Justice Dyson Heydon High Court of Australia, Monis v The Queen, February 27, 2013
MS LUCK: I am entitled to be heard, to make my submissions, and I am terribly sorry and I appreciate that you are new on the bench of the High Court ...
GAGELER J: Ms Luck, just listen to me. Just listen to me for a moment please.
MS LUCK: ... and that you have not dealt with me before, and I am very grateful for that but, your Honour, I want to make my submissions heard.
GAGELER J: Ms Luck, just listen to me ...
Transcript, High Court of Australia, February 11, 2013
"I think, frankly, the Commonwealth gets a very big bang for its buck out of the [Federal] Court. They buy a lot of justice for that amount."
Federal Court Chief Justice Patrick Keane, lamenting the court's budget cut. The Sydney Morning Herald, February 11, 2013
"I will speak to the commissioner about you."
Stuart Littlemore, barrister for Eddie Obeid, to a member of the public at the ICAC inquiry who made a flippant remark about the former ALP powerbroker during the lunch adjourment. February 4, 2013
"Somebody said to me yesterday, 'what's the definition of happiness'?, and the answer is you have everything that you want."
Rod McGeoch AM, former chairman of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, on receiving his Order of Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald, January 26, 2013
"Well, that's, that’s the balance sheet so-called in respect of the Obeid Family Trust. The Commission cannot have foreseen the appalling prurience with which that exhibit, having become public was dealt with today in the Daily Telegraph."
Stuart Littlemore, barrister for Eddie Obeid snr. ICAC. January 24, 2013
"Rupert came and hung out in the office. It was funny. We took him to a bar in Williamsburg and we got him drunk on tequila ... He's a sweet old guy. I don't agree with Roger Ailes and Fox News but you have to give Rupert his due. The guy is a shark."
Shane Smith, CEO of Vice Media, on Rupert Murdoch. The Financial Times, January 1, 2013