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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 >>

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    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 ... 




    Another birching for Sandy Street

    Federal Circuit Court judge's failure to observe procedural fairness ... Departure from binding authority ... Arguments not properly grasped ... Failure to read tendered document ... Emily Meller reports 

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    Kicking around the Calvos

    Conduct of colourful Sydney solicitor described by Justice Bergin as "quite disgraceful" ... Lawyer's evidence "unsatisfactory" ... Behaviour would cause a reasonable observer to "lose confidence in the integrity of the legal profession" ... "Breathtaking" grasp for shares in clients' company ... Kate Lilly on the case 

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    Border Force on parade

    Blunders ahead as Australian Border Force gets to grips with "reasonable suspicion" ... Australia's refugee intake - much more woeful than the PM would have us believe ... Richard Flanagan wide of the mark on Border Force powers ... Government by smoke and mirrors ... Procrustes on the beat 

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    The fine print

    Costly business ... In and out of time ... Just and fair ... Better late than never ... Clients drag itemised bills out of personal injury law shop ... Opaqueness of billing ... Precious details in small print ... Delay in seeking cost assessments not fatal ... Peter Garling to the rescue ... Kate Lilly on the case 

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    Mrs Turnbull's gift

    When our newest Federal Court judge had her reputation vindicated with a healthy award of damages ... Clutz wrestling former partner Chris Dale every step of the way ... AFP's new deputy commissioner for capability 

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    American after-glow

    Connecticut's Supreme Court kills the death penalty ... Locating the new Guantánamo ... Extrajudicial abduction ... Psychologists withdraw from the chamber of horrors ... John Robert CJ's abiding fear of the right to vote ... Roger Fitch, Our Man in Washington 

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    Royal Commission pain

    The Heydon inquiry into trade unions is just one of a number of royal commissions to get into political trouble - including Petrov and the political bribery scandal in Tasmania ... Shortcomings with Dyse's Luddite defence ... Why backout from the Barwick lecture if there was no resulting reasonable apprehension of bias? 

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    Heydon and his debacle 

    Like Earl Warren, Dyson Heydon will come to regret accepting a government commission ... Sufficient evidence to support a legal finding of apprehended bias ... Sydney lawyer Graham Hryce teases out Heydon's curious reasoning 

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    Fresh contenders for silk

    Here's the 2015 list of the NSW bar n' grill's applicants for senior counsel ... 113 seeking recognition ... Only a small contingent of women with their hands up ... Here we go, again 

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