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Michael Bradley — Crikey columnist

Michael Bradley

Crikey columnist

Michael Bradley is a freelance writer and managing partner at Sydney firm Marque Lawyers, which was created in 2008 with the singular ambition of completely changing the way law is practised.

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Royal commissions provide a clue on how to fix class actions

Class actions consume much of the bandwidth of the court system. Is it time for a different approach?

Former Labor leader Bill Shorten speaks at a press conference at Maurice Blackburn law firm (Image: AAP/James Ross)

How class actions went from David v Goliath to big business

The fight over class actions is being fought by two sides who are each as compromised by their commercial interests as the other.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

Fixing JobKeeper's flaws would be a sign of leadership not weakness

The JobKeeper program was a good-ish response under the circumstances. But that doesn't mean it was perfect, or that trying to make it better would be an admission of failure.

Acting Federal Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Phone ban push gives Border Force new powers, treats detainees as criminals

Immigration detention centres are not prisons. Or at least, that's how it's meant to be in theory.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Image: AAP/David Gray)

Tale of three leaders: listen carefully and you can hear the sound of politics

The prime minister and two premiers gave very different responses to recent anti-lockdown protests. Their answers spoke volumes.

Pell did nothing — in every application of the word

What more can be said about the way George Pell responded to revelations of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests? The newly unredacted royal commission report says it all.

George Defteros in 2005 (Image: AAP/Joe Mann)

From gangland to Google: tech platform banged up by landmark defamation case

A Victorian judge has handed down a decision that extends the reach of defamation law way further into the search engine’s bowels than had previously been thought possible.

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COVIDSafe: moral shaming a nation is unAustralian, isn't it?

The prime minister and health minister are going to have to hone their skills of persuasion and pull back on using ridiculous and insulting threats.

No debate, no download: why I won't be taking up the tracing app

COVIDSafe is built on legally shaky foundations by a government operating with a trust deficit. Not a great start.

Beachgoers at Coogee Beach in Sydney on Wednesday, April 22 (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Inaction is not yet an action. The fight isn't over yet — for us or the government

There's a growing sense of complacency as our curve continues to flatten. But Australia is not without some major problems...