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Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Barrister and WikiLeaks Party national campaign director

Crikey Classic: could Scott Morrison's refugee scheme amount to a criminal offence?

Crikey Classic: could Scott Morrison's refugee scheme amount to a criminal offence?

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

Turnbull's terrifying new 'espionage' laws endanger many innocent people

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

Child abuse royal commission could unintentionally create new victims

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

Manus: new Human Rights Commissioner pales against Triggs

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

Turnbull's proposed detention law is a victory for terrorists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.