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Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

Greg Barns is an Australian barrister, political commentator and WikiLeaks Party national campaign director. He is the author of several books, including “What’s wrong with the Liberal Party”.

Landmark ruling sees law change its mind on personality disorders

A landmark decision by Victoria's Court of Appeal dismantles the artificial distinction between mental illness and personality disorders — the impact could be huge.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton

How Dutton's 'exclusion orders' can be weaponised against journalists and whistleblowers

Could this broad clause be used in the government's war on press freedom?

'No more than 11 minutes': how long does Dutton take to decide someone's fate?

The Federal Court has knocked back Dutton's cancellation of a visa on the grounds that he didn't make 'sufficient time to allow an active intellectual process'. This isn't the first time it's happened.

Refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani (Image: Amnesty International)

Manus detainees are making sure they can no longer be ignored

More than 250 detainees have filed documents with the PNG National Court asking for enforcement of their human rights.

What happens to Assange now?

Barrister and legal adviser to Julian Assange, Greg Barns, discusses the developments in Assange's case and what's likely to come next.

Getting a fair trial in an era of media saturation

In cases like George Pell's, where media coverage has the potential to impact outcome, the practice of judge-only trials needs to be considered.

Morrison's Christmas Island plan will be a costly disaster

Australia is set for years of costly legal battles — with the possibility of punitive damages — if plans to transfer sick asylum seekers to Christmas Island go ahead.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton. (Image: AAP/Ellen Smith)

Lawyer X scandal reveals a toxic police culture

Police will and do push boundaries — and act unethically — in order to secure "victories" over supposedly sophisticated criminal activity. This poses a very big problem for our democracy.

Queensland man detained for over 40 years beyond sentence

Evidence was ignored in the case of a Queensland man seeking the lifting of an indefinite detention order.

The worrying thing is we don't know how many other visa cases Dutton influenced

It is difficult to find data on the nature of ministerial intervention and the average length of time it takes for the minister to make a decision to intervene or not. This kind of data blackout all began with Scott Morrison.

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