Greg Barns — Barrister and writer

Greg Barns

Barrister and writer

Barrister and WikiLeaks Party national campaign director


So much for Hicks: what about the Bali Nine?

April 2, 2007

In contrast to other cases, the Howard government did whatever it took to ensure that the American quasi-legal process that was trying Mr Hicks delivered the right political outcome.

The verdict is in: hanging judges at The Tele find Orkopoulos guilty

November 17, 2006

There has been an unseemly haste to rush to judgment about former New South Wales Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Milton Orkopoulos. Mr Orkopoulos has been charged with serious offences. But the case against him is untested in any court, and he is entitled, as is every person in this country, to the presumption of innocence.

Rape victims are no longer as vulnerable as Peter Faris thinks

October 31, 2006

Peter Faris’s recounting of his experience as a defence barrister in a rape trial some 30 years ago should not be read as being an accurate account of the way in which complainants are treated by defence lawyers today.

What’s the point of QCs (apart from charging more than other barristers)?

September 4, 2006

The moment someone gets the right to put those letters after their name, they can charge double or more the fees they charged clients when they were mere junior barristers.

The “other” Indonesian disaster — and how we can help

June 5, 2006

As Australian sympathy and aid turn towards the victims of the latest Indonesian natural disaster in Yogyakarta, the Australian Parliament has before it a bill which will deny justice and humanity to the victims of a man-made disaster An earthquake is big, rapid, and can be captured by our media – we can whack a […]

Racism and xenophobia in Australia’s pigsty

January 10, 2006

A few weeks ago, in my regular column in the Hobart Mercury, I reflected on what the Cronulla riots said about Australia in 2005. With reference to the horror of the Tampa incident in 2001, the scandal of detention centres and the recent dismantling by the Howard government of the rights of workers and the […]

How the media reports suicide and gets it all wrong

November 15, 2005

In August last year an 11-year-old school boy took his own life. The boy, who lived in a small Massachusetts community, was in fifth grade at the prestigious Andover School. The local newspaper, the Eagle-Tribune, published a story about the boy’s death but didn’t indicate how he died. That editorial decision led to a torrent […]

Greg Barns loves the Tassie forest package

May 13, 2005

Today’s forestry package announcement by Prime Minister Howard and Premier Lennon is nothing short of brilliant. It will be opposed by Green extremists because they rely on forest conflict for political oxygen, but the vast majority of Tasmanians will see it as balanced and sustainable. My sources tell me that it was Lennon who was […]

WMC’s court battle over dud mine

May 12, 2005

This week WMC Resources announced it’s evaluating the potential of a nickel-copper prospect with inferred resources located some 165km south of Val d’Or in Canada. WMC is negotiating with small Canadian explorer, Matamec. One hopes that this Canadian adventure is more successful than WMC’s disastrous Nova Scotian deal almost two decades ago and which is […]

Macquarie’s Hydro relationship in Tasmania

March 8, 2005

It’s time to return to matters of state – in this case, Macquarie Bank and its relationship with the Hydro and the Basslink project… At last week’s Estimates Committee hearing, questioning by the Liberal Party’s Will Hodgman and the Greens’ Nick McKim revealed just how embedded into the Hydro these days is the bank sometimes […]