Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

Barrister and WikiLeaks Party national campaign director


Obama could still strike down Arizona’s anti-migration law

July 29, 2010 1

A judge has agreed to block parts of Arizona’s controversial anti-migration law, which is opposed by the Obama Administration, from coming into force today. The Arizona law could be doomed to failure, writes Greg Barns.

Listen to Sri Lankan government on asylum seekers? Not a smart move

July 12, 2010 1

It would be very unwise for Australian security agencies to not test independently the veracity of anything they are told publicly or privately by the Sri Lankan government, given its track record.

Should Kevin Andrews be personally liable if he’s defamed Haneef?

July 5, 2010 19

Dr Haneef intends to sure for false imprisonment and defamation. To defend the suit Kevin Andrews will have to convince Robert McClelland that the claims against him fit the Commonwealth guidelines for ministerial indemnity.

Aid workers will face terror charges after new US court ruling

June 22, 2010 3

Bringing warring terrorist groups to the negotiating table and using them to help deliver aid is a desirable means of reducing conflict. But a US Supreme Court ruling has just made it a whole lot harder.

Trial by media goes for the doctor: come up empty handed

May 11, 2010 1

The highly competitive atmosphere in which the media work these days unfortunately makes trial by media inevitable as the print and electronic media chase "big stories".

Cory Bernardi’s sinister plot to ban the burqa

May 7, 2010 31

Senator Corey Bernadi’s call to ban the burqa is more sinister than many other similar calls around the world. Do his comments amount to religious vilification?

Barns: anti-people smuggling law flawed and innocents will suffer

April 27, 2010 1

ASIO's powers will be greatly expanded under the government's new anti-people smuggling laws. Courts have to send people to jail for no less than three years or five years if they are involved in people smuggling.

Health reform debate ignores non-vote winning mental health issues

Health reform debate ignores non-vote winning mental health issues

April 14, 2010 10

Mental health services are being ignored in the health reform debate in favour of sexy, headline-grabbing issues like aged care, hospital beds and surgery waiting times.

Arbiter of asylum claims casts doubt on Rudd’s application freeze

Arbiter of asylum claims casts doubt on Rudd’s application freeze

April 13, 2010 12

Foreign minister Stephen Smith’s claim over the weekend that conditions are improving in Sri Lanka is a sweeping generalisation that ignores the reality for each person. The Tamil Tigers are still a threat.

Porous borders would save millions in terms of people smuggling

March 30, 2010 8

Making people smuggling legal and properly regulated would be a winner for the Australian economy and save billions on silly games such as Christmas Island.

Tas Libs: the real wolves in sheeps’ clothing

March 18, 2010

Throughout the Tasmanian election campaign, the ALP have harped on about the Greens being "wolves in sheep’s clothing". But the real pollies hiding in cuddly fleece are in the Liberal Party, with Eric Abetz heading the flock, says Greg Barns.

‘Stop and search’ is racial profiling by any other name

March 17, 2010 4

Stop and search powers given to police -- now in use in Victoria, and coming soon to South Australia and Western Australia -- lead to racial discrimination. The evidence can be found overseas.

Tasmania ’10: new lows in vacousness, lies and sheer gutlessness

March 17, 2010

Election campaigns are always full of dirty tactics, but this year's Tasmanian battle has sunk to new lows of grubbiness, says Greg Barns

Give jurors background, Rann says, despite all the evidence against

March 8, 2010 5

Electioneering politicians in South Australia back a proposal to allow jurors to hear about "relevant" prior convictions of the accused. Yet overseas examples show it leads to unsafe verdicts.

Vancouver: where the party is over, to all in tents and …

March 4, 2010

The Olympics tent has packed up and gone home, but another tent city remains in Vancouver as a symbol of abject poverty and disadvantage. Will they get the dividend of the past two weeks of celebration?

Human rights not on the Rudd Team Jellyback’s agenda

February 17, 2010 1

In those jurisdictions where a human rights law exists, each day thousands of citizens are able to ensure they get better treatment from government. Perhaps this is why the Rudd government is so scared of a Human Rights Act?

At a loss to understand prophet Barnaby? Read this

February 10, 2010 8

There is nothing new in Barnaby Joyce’s rhetoric and any idea that he is simply loose mouthed and doesn’t mean what he is saying, should be scotched immediately. He knows exactly what he is on about.

iiNet decision: time for film industry to face the music

February 5, 2010 1

The film industry has not woken up to the fact that their business model is no longer valid, despite the latest iiNet legal win.

Secrecy in SA: one law for MPs and another for the punters

February 3, 2010 4

The Labor government of Mike Rann in South Australia has a long track record of curtailing freedoms and rights. It seems, when it comes to secrecy there is one law for MPs in South Australia, and another for the punters.

Productivity Commission report reveals chronic overcrowding in our jails

January 29, 2010 4

The Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services was released today, finding that Australia's prisons are overcrowded, warehouses for Indigenous Australians, and ineffective in tackling the causes of crime.