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Reasonable suspicion ... Citizenship stripping ... Heavy-handed officialdom ... Wooly notions of "reasonable suspicion" ... Procrustes shows how it has worked in practice ... The immigration official who was "very thorough with non-whites" ... Read more ... 




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    Scott Morrison: I mean he has got his silks at the dry cleaners waiting to defend them when they come back and I think that really betrays the heart of Labor on many of these things. Mark Dreyfus wants a lawyers' picnic over these things and bringing these people back. 
    Ray Hadley: This is the problem minister. He can't forget he's a lawyer, he can't forget this, you see, and that's a dangerous thing - particularly if you've got a hand-wringing, left-leaning lawyer as your shadow attorney general. 
    Scott Morrison: I don't think it inspires confidence. 

    Scott Morrison discussing the government's citizenship laws on radio 2GB, June 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

    Gibberish dopes the judges ... It takes submissions from a dope fiend to have Queensland judges wrapping themselves in extra layers of dignity and producing weighty reasoning about delirious abstractions ... From Justinian's archive, October 2008 ... Read more ... 


     

    Justinian Columnists

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Evan Whitton

    Evan has been a journalist for more than 50 years. He was editor of The National Times, chief reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and reader in journalism at Queensland Uni. He has received five Walkley awards for journalism and was journalist of the year in 1983 for his coverage of the Street Royal Commission into judicial corruption. He has spent a lifetime hanging around courts and commissions of inquiry. He continues to analyse and compare the adversarial and inquisitorial systems of justice. Our Corrupt Legal System is the latest of his eight non-fiction books.

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Tulkinghorn

    Revered Justinian columnist Tulkinghorn unpicks the jargon and posturing that glues the legal profession together in its mission to make more work for itself. Everything from the profession's billing practices, special pleading, judicial protection rackets and inequality before the law are in his sights. Tulkinghorn has practised as a private lawyer, a prosecutor and an academic. He also has a fine grasp of legal history and from where the modern law came.

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Polly Peck

    Polly has been in the backseat of more Commonwealth cars than just about anyone. She's been covering the inside and the downside of Canberra for 20 years and is often referred to as the "Helen Thomas of the Molonglo". The public service, the parliament and the press pack are her beat.

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Sir Terence O'Rort

    Sir Terence is our Brisbane affairs columnist. He was ennobled by the Bjelke-Petersen government for his services to law, greyhounds, highway construction, and as the internal integrity commissioner for the National Party. He is married to Lady O'Rort, the former Miss Kingaroy Showgirl. Together they have no children. Sir Terence writes about court proceedings, politics and the judiciary for Justinian. He is hot on the tail of uncovering creeping left wing influences. 

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Leverhulme

    The lost great-grandson of Viscount Leverhulme's liaison with Lady Docker sends us missives from London, even though he spends a lot of time on the Continent. The Lever family originally came from Lancashire and made its fortune in soap with such famous brands as Sunlight, Lux and Lifebuoy. Leverhulme was invited by LibDem leader Nick Clegg to be part of his cocktail cabinet, but he declined because he wanted to stay on the wagon. He is often seen at the race track. 

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Barry Lane

    Barry is a Melbourne lawyer who has worked at the coal face of the law for longer than he cares to remember. Barry has a fantastic nose for a good story. He's written for Justinian extensively on how the courts have come to grips with corporate shenanigans, legislation affecting personal injury and professional misconduct. He's also a member of Gamblers Anonymous and is keen student of ikebana

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    Roger Fitch, Esq.

    Roger is Justinian's man in Washington. An expert on the law of war he's tracked both the Bush and Obama administrations flawed efforts to create a legal framework to bring "enemy combatants" and detainees "to justice". He's also writes on the US Supreme Court and the machinations of Washington politics. Originally he came from Texas. 

    Tuesday
    Jun082010

    William Collins

    William is a prominent Melbourne lawyer and patron of the arts. Associate to Sir Keith Aickin he went on to have a distinguished career in an out of private practice. He was the legal brains driving many of the reforms of the Kennett government. He's a keen observer of law, litigation and politics. 

    Monday
    May172010

    Stephen Keim SC.

    Stephen practises at the Brisbane bar. He represented Indian born doctor Mohamed Haneef in his application for judicial review of a government decision to revoke his Australian visa. Controversially, he leaked to the press the AFP record of interview with Haneef shortly after the doctor was arrested on suspicion of having terrorist connections. Stephen is national president of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.


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