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The great debate ... Brandis v Dreyfus ... Attorney General is called a disaster, a liar, a failure and delusional ... Federal judges make unprecedented entry into election campaign calling for more to be allocated to the courts to handle domestic violence at the "coal face" ... Parliament misled by the attorney general ... Read more ...  

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Attorney General Brandis asserts political influence over Solicitor General Justin Gleeson ... Government access to the Solicitor General to be controlled by AG ... More outsourcing of constitutional advise to the private bar ... Ideological agenda at play ... Read more ... 


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Murder into manslaughter, and maybe back again ... The Baden-Clay case in the High Court ... Artemus Jones claims that appeal courts have a history of handing out softer sentences to perpetrators of violence against women ... Populist outcry verses learned legal commentators ... Read more ... 



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    LEIGH SALES: But I think people watching this also want to know that you're listening to them and what those polls tell you is that there's something that you're doing which they don't like.
    MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well why don't you ask me a question about it?
    LEIGH SALES: Well I am asking you a question about it. What do you think - what do you think - what do you think has happened that you have lost that ginormous chunk of approval?
    MALCOLM TURNBULL: Leigh, I am not going to be drawn into that kind of introspection ... 

    Interview with PM Turnbull on the ABC's 7.30, June 8, 2016 ... READ MORE >>


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    Ian Hancock is the biographer of Tom Hughes QC, a hero of the Sydney bar ... He has submitted to Justinian's probing, intimate questions on the eve of the book's publication ... Biographing a biographer ... Read more ... 


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    Thursday
    Apr142016

    Trauma on the Torrens

    South Australia - appointing auxiliary judges was the chief justice's idea ... Judicial appointments on the cheap ... Bar n' Grill up in arms ... AG looking to merge trial divisions of the Supreme and District courts ... Money, money, money 

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    Wednesday
    Apr132016

    Second-hand hearsay

    Stories from the depths ... Café life for Junior Junior as she soaks up the tittle-tattle and innuendo ... Channelling F.E. Smith, Birkett and Marshall Hall ... The story must be true if told by another barrister 

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    Friday
    Apr082016

    It's bananas in Brisneyland

    Death rattle of the Carmody story ... Secretly recorded CJ rant back in the news as Sgt Plod called in to investigate senior judge administrator ... No need for Justice Byrne to pack his toothbrush 

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    Tuesday
    Apr052016

    Returning to class

    The law is riddled with classy types, yet class is rarely mentioned ... A taboo topic at law school ... Law and privilege go hand in hand ... Barely Legal wants to talk about it because it could be affecting his legal education 

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    Tuesday
    Apr052016

    Lawyer hit with damages of $20 for underquoting costs

    Because of mounting tax problems solicitor keen to secure business by giving a misleading costs estimate to a client ... Unsuccessful in the Land and Environment Court ... Nominal damages because the client benefited from the expense of the litigation in subsequently getting ministerial approval for a quarry ... No reliance on doubtful estimates of costs ... Hannah Ryan catches the action 

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    Monday
    Apr042016

    Do nothing and win immunity

    McKellar's Miscellany of Mishaps ... Advocates immunity gets a workout in the High Court, while in the VicSupremes lawyers get immunity for not defending an application to wind-up a solvent client ... Work done out of court and its affect on the case in court ... Kate Lilly is courtside 

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    Friday
    Apr012016

    Prayers to St Anthony

    Inspector Dave getting into the ganja ... Too many inquiries upsetting for the cabinet secretary ... Latest on the Sinodinos saga ... Piling up the falsehoods 

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    Thursday
    Mar312016

    Liberals caught in the wringer after washing the money

    Arfur (Daley) Sinodinos knows nuffin' ... Exculpatory evidence missing in action ... SharriLaw ... Liberals tried to wriggle off ICAC's hook, only to be caught by Keith Mason at the Electoral Commission ... Rorts of the Free Enterprise Foundation 

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    Wednesday
    Mar232016

    French CJ to bow out early

    No more cases for the CJ after the end of this year ... Appointing a successor ... Proroguing parliament for an unusual reason ... Government seeking to takeover senate agenda ... Everything perfectly normal, says Bookshelves Brandis  

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