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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.