Law and order politicians like South Australia’s Premier Mike Rann and New South Wales Treasurer Michael Costa -- and their loyal sidekicks in the tabloid media -- should be seen as nothing more than bully boys and thugs when it comes to how they deal with the office of the director of public prosecutions. The DPP is independent of government – yes, that’s right, i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t.
Last week, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal handed down a decision that ought to be compulsory reading for politicians, parents, teachers and education bureaucrats right around this country.
Many Australians might not agree with direct action protest of the type undertaken by these four activists, but there’s a larger issue in this case. Should governments be using draconian Cold War laws on the citizenry of Australia almost 20 years after the Berlin Wall came down, asks Greg Barns.
Some lawyers take drugs and others find themselves convicted of s-x crimes. How does that make the legal profession different from any other group in the community, asks Greg Barns.
The death today of one of Australia’s leading lawyers, Melbourne barrister Peter Hayes, is another reminder of this fact: that the legal profession is generally beastly careless about the emotional wellbeing of its own, because it places too high a premium on the skill and intellect of its practitioners.
David Hicks has more than paid a fair price for his dalliance with the wrong side in the war on terror. But that seems to be lost on opportunist politicians like the Acting South Australian Premier Kevin Foley.
Peter Faris QC defends his claim that the legal profession has a drug problem, while Greg Barns questions the media tactics of the self-styled "shock jock" of the legal profession.
Besides being a boring and predictable piece of television, Bastard Boys appears to have taken such liberties with the truth that it might prove a fertile ground for defamation.
It all began with a memo, a man with a conscience, and the decision that the public needed know. And it ended in jail. But Greg Barns writes that there is gross hypocrisy in the way the UK's Official Secrets Act and its counterparts around the globe are used.
Reading through the Attorney-General’s Budget Statements, one could be forgiven for thinking that the threat of terrorism in this country was on the march.