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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]