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Out of character ... The NSW bar has complained about attacks on character referees for a convicted rapist ... Minister condemns references as "appalling" ... A rerun of the Patrick Power case ... Contempt ... Sticking-up for the offender versus sticking-up for the victim ... Read more ... 


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Out and Proud ... Four marriage equality cases go to the US Supremes ... Is there a constitutional right to gerrymander? ... Secretive lawyer society behind moves to bring down Affordable Care Act ... Shock finding - lawyers more liberal than most, but judges are more conservative ... Our Man in Washington ... Read more ... 


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The slow death of campus based law degrees ... Barely Legal is on his high horse about the introduction of online Juris Doctor degrees ... Part of Pyne-O-Clean's rationalist cost-cutting agenda for universities ... Never mind the quality, feel the bulk ... Read more ...

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    "It would be more accurate to say, however, that if there is any circularity in the majority's reasoning [NSW Court of Appeal], it is constituted of assuming the purpose of the Act and then reasoning, as if syllogistically, that, because a meaning of 'adversely affect' limited to an adverse effect on probity is more consonant with the assumed purpose of the Act, that meaning should be preferred."   

    From the majority's reasons in ICAC v Cunneen, High Court of Australia, April 15, 2015 ... READ MORE >>


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    Justinian Featurettes

    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 ... Read more ... 


    Justinian's archive

    The rank n' file are revolting ... Unspecified grumbling about president Anna Katzmann at the NSW bar 'n' grill saw the emergence of a "reform" agenda for the bar's 2008 AGM ... Also, stronger safeguards against customers who complain about barristers' performance ... Change unlikely ... From Justinian's archive, November 3, 2008 ... Read more ... 


     

    Thursday
    Mar052015

    Secret plan to defenestrate NSW LRC

    NSW Department of Justice wants to hijack the staff of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission ... The commission, as we know and love it, would cease to exist ... Independent law reform reporting threatened ... LRC starved of work and withering on the vine  

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    Tuesday
    Mar032015

    The dog ate the homework

    Secretary of the Attorney General's Department loses crucial notes of conversation with Senator Brandis and Gillian Triggs ... Chris Moraitis' briefcase goes missing on world trip ... What else was in the briefcase that might pose a risk to the nation's security? ... Losing confidence ... Public Service Code of Conduct needs to be followed ... Stephen Keim SC and Alex McKean are on the case 

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    Tuesday
    Mar032015

    A ray of sunshine for the Sunshine State

    Queensland's new attorney general and her shadow ... A refreshing change ... Prospect of genuine bipartisan engagement on law and justice policies ... Peter Callaghan SC says it's time to restore judicial discretions 

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    Monday
    Mar022015

    A false claims led recovery

    Barry Lane has a fix for the budget deficit and Joe Hockey's revenue woes ... A False Claims Act would generate rivers of gold for the Treasury ... Using whistleblowers to unstitch rorts by corporates and charities who are contracted to deliver government services 

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    Sunday
    Mar012015

    Harmers: stuck in the honey pot

    James Ashby and Harmers fail in lunge for Commonwealth to pay costs of proceedings against former Speaker, Peter Slipper ... The latest, and maybe final, chapter in one of the nation's grubbiest political escapades 

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    Monday
    Feb232015

    Hicks: the questions that should have been asked

    The Guantánamo torture diaries that have rocked the best-seller lists ... The Howard government's manifold blunders in the Hicks' case ... Imperial demands ... The United States' exceptional interpretations of the law of war ... Our Man in Washington, Roger Fitch, reports 

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    Friday
    Feb202015

    Modern Britain

    Leverhulme's London Calling ... Wolf Hall should get real ... Ruination of the Beeb ... Live crosses ... Lynton Crosby pulling Cameron's strings ... Role of the Church of England ... Parents have a right to be immoral 

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    Thursday
    Feb192015

    The unbelievable Malcolm Turnbull

    Government claims it is leading the way in releasing children from detention ... In fact, the Abbott government held children in detention more than six times longer than Labor ... Release only speeded-up after senators blackmailed to pass amendments to the Migration Act ... A look at the HRC's disturbing findings 

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    Monday
    Feb162015

    Suffer the children

    Human Rights Commission and Prof. Gillian Triggs targeted by the bully brigade ... Miserable move to deflect attention from policy of mistreatment of children in immigration detention ... Labor culpable, but Coalition used children as political pawns  

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