Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

Barrister and WikiLeaks Party national campaign director


Should Crikey go to court over yet another Budget lock-up snub?

May 7, 2007

Should Crikey race off to the Federal Court to seek an urgent review of our exclusion from the Budget lock-up? The answer depends on the decision making process that led to the exclusion.

Disgusted: Summer of ’42 meets age of consent

May 4, 2007

The victims of crime lobby are getting shriller by the day. Its reaction to the meting out of a suspended jail term to a 29-year-old woman who had consensual sex with a 15-year-old boy is a case in point.

Hicks should be able to make money from telling his Gitmo story

May 2, 2007

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock is prepared to pass retrospective legislation if lawyers for David Hicks and his family find a way around the proceeds of crime law, which would otherwise prohibit David Hicks, or members of his family profiting from selling Mr Hicks story.

If the court pleases, deification of the judiciary still alive and well

April 26, 2007

All too often judges are criticised for being pompous and out of touch with the community. While this accusation is grossly unfair, it is understandable that the image remains because of the way in which the legal profession fawns over the judiciary when writing or speaking about them.

The law: ego, aggravation, envy … and depression

April 24, 2007

According to BeyondBlue, lawyers are more prone depression than any other profession. As someone who practises law, has worked in politics, and takes daily medication to deal with depression, this comes as no surprise to me.

Muslims behind bars: the terror, the terror …

April 23, 2007

The Sydney Sun-Herald’s page one ‘exclusive’ yesterday on an alleged Islamic cell in Goulbourn Jail has all the hallmarks of a classic Sunday newspaper beat-up.

Drip, drip, drip of eroding states’ rights

April 20, 2007

At present, despite Mr Howard’s words at his media conference yesterday, the Commonwealth has no power to make decisions about water allocations – it is a matter for state governments.

Porridge for the Parrot? We’ll know tomorrow

April 18, 2007

If last week’s nauseating spectacle of John Howard and Kevin Rudd falling over themselves to support broadcaster Alan Jones after he was severely censured by the broadcasting tribunal – ACMA – wasn’t enough, can you imagine how the Prime Minister and his 'Sir Echo', Mr Rudd will react if Mr Jones is jailed later this week for committing serious contempt of court in July 2005?

Seeing the wood for the litigation: Gunns deserves its day in court

April 4, 2007

The Gunns litigation has never been about the abolition of the right to protest, or the right to freedom of speech ... rather this case is about the balancing of various rights.

Gagging David Hicks might not be that simple

April 3, 2007

Under what statute or pursuant to which line of case law does the Australian government say it can enforce the gag order on Mr Hicks?