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Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

Barrister and WikiLeaks Party national campaign director


Child abuse royal commission could unintentionally create new victims

December 15, 2017 5 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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