Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

Barrister and WikiLeaks Party national campaign director


Could Hastie be brought before a US court for his Chau Chak Wing comment?

May 25, 2018 7

More than simply ratcheting up diplomatic tension with China, Andrew Hastie has breached legal guidelines in the US.

Groundbreaking verdict against Archbishop raises thorny questions

May 23, 2018 5

What are the implications for others who were in similar positions to Archbishop Philip Wilson -- those who were told numerous times by credible sources about sexual abuse, perpetrated by individuals over whom they exercised some control?

Barns: Dutton calls on News Corp to help him weaken the AAT

May 2, 2018 21

A consistent news campaign and a new parliamentary committee: Dutton has pulled out the big guns against the Administrative Appeals Tribunal once more.

Rise in re-offending shows that Victoria’s new prisons won’t work

April 30, 2018 6

Labor and Coalition promises for larger prisons may sway votes in the Victorian election but it won't do anything about the state's ballooning rate of re-offence.

Look at the evidence — Greens’ pot plan makes a whole lot of sense

April 18, 2018 40

The current policy settings around cannabis are clearly failing. Richard Di Natale is right to try to find an alternative.

Is PNG trying to pervert justice for Manus Island asylum seekers?

April 3, 2018 2

While injustices on Nauru receive a good airing, not many people are talking about what's happening in Papua New Guinea right now.

Dutton fundamentally misunderstands the ‘plight’ of white farmers in South Africa

March 15, 2018 31

White farmers in South Africa have been pretty bemused by Peter Dutton's recent comments. Here's why.

Is Germany building a case to charge Australian ministers for crimes against humanity?

March 9, 2018 22

With calls for the ICC to investigate the Australian government going unheard, some are looking to a far-reaching code that gives the German judiciary the ability to prosecute crimes against humanity, even if they have no relation to the country.

Could Scott Morrison’s refugee scheme amount to a criminal offence?

January 31, 2018 24

Scott Morrison decided to put politics before the rule of law in 2013. What are the potential legal ramifications?

Turnbull’s terrifying new ‘espionage’ laws endanger many innocent people

January 11, 2018 11

This move adds yet another layer on existing legislation that is designed to protect the government from embarrassment, rather than from genuine threats.

Child abuse royal commission could unintentionally create new victims

December 15, 2017 5

We can act on the vital recommendations of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse but must maintain due process for the accused, says writer and barrister Greg Barns.

Manus: new Human Rights Commissioner pales against Triggs

November 23, 2017 10

The AHRC, and particularly its chair Professor Rosalind Croucher, has been negligent in its silence on the escalating crisis at Manus Island.

Turnbull’s proposed detention law is a victory for terrorists

October 4, 2017 23

Turnbull's legislation threatens “one of the most fundamental safeguards of personal liberty”.

Dutton, in cahoots with PNG authorities, blatantly disregards Supreme Court decision

September 29, 2017 4

Earlier this year, the PNG Supreme Court declared Australia's offshore detention program on Manus Island unlawful, expecting Australia would be sufficiently chastened, and take steps to wind back its illegal activities. That, however, is not what happened.

Peter Dutton hasn’t yet revoked this man’s visa, but don’t hold your breath

September 18, 2017 3

Mr Khalil's visa was denied on the basis of a conviction in a kangaroo court -- the Israeli military court system. But don't expect that to matter to Peter Dutton.

Peter Dutton cancels visa a third time, undermines the High Court in under an hour

September 6, 2017 26

Peter Dutton has used secret information to cancel AJ Graham's visa. The High Court said no dice. But an hour after the judgment, Dutton doubled down and canceled his visa again.

The govt agency that could stop what is happening on Manus, yet chooses not to

August 8, 2017 6

Comcare is a workplace regulator with serious teeth. So why is it not doing more to stop what is happening on Manus Island?

Dutton takes a casual 43 minutes to destroy two men’s lives

July 25, 2017 23

Just how well is Peter Dutton handling his expanded ministerial power? For one thing, he seems to be able to decide people's fate in about the amount of time it takes to watch Law and Order.

Brandis and Dutton make a mockery of refugee tribunal’s ‘independence’

June 29, 2017 10

The issue is one of what is termed "apprehended bias", made famous during the Dyson Heydon controversy of 2015.

Keeping suspected terrorists in high-security prisons is a terrible idea

June 8, 2017 15

Our prison system thinks it is acceptable to subject troubled young people to enduring isolation, boredom, capricious discipline and humiliation.