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Geoff Cousins, the ad man and former Howard government adviser promised that he would make life hell for Malcolm Turnbull in Wentworth, after Turnbull as Environment Minister gave the green light to a proposed pulp mill in the Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania, writes Greg Barns.

Barns: Turnbull 1, Cousins 0

Geoff Cousins, the ad man and former Howard government adviser promised that he would make life hell for Malcolm Turnbull in Wentworth, after Turnbull as Environment Minister gave the green light to a proposed pulp mill in the Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania, writes Greg Barns.

The AFL announced yesterday that it was appointing Family Court judge Linda Dessau as an AFL Commissioner. Perhaps Ms Dessau might care to give her fellow AFL Commissioners a lesson in fairness and the rule of law, writes Greg Barns.

Nothing fair about AFL’s kangaroo court

The AFL announced yesterday that it was appointing Family Court judge Linda Dessau as an AFL Commissioner. Perhaps Ms Dessau might care to give her fellow AFL Commissioners a lesson in fairness and the rule of law, writes Greg Barns.

Ben Cousins’ year of living dangerously has reached its seemingly inevitable conclusion with the AFL commission banning The Brownlow Medalist from the competition for a year, writes Francis Leach.

Ben Cousins given the Haneef treatment

Ben Cousins’ year of living dangerously has reached its seemingly inevitable conclusion with the AFL commission banning The Brownlow Medalist from the competition for a year, writes Francis Leach.

The whole sorry Ben Cousins saga has been a masterclass in how not to address the issue of illicit drug-taking in sport, writes Charles Happell.

The Cousins saga brings credit to no-one

The whole sorry Ben Cousins saga has been a masterclass in how not to address the issue of illicit drug-taking in sport, writes Charles Happell.

Last week, the Western Australian Police managed to charge Ben Cousins with a drug offence that doesn’t exist. They then held a media conference for which the only purpose seems to have been to humiliate Mr Cousins and prejudice the community against him. Should he have some redress? wonders Greg Barns.

Could Ben Cousins sue the WA Police?

Last week, the Western Australian Police managed to charge Ben Cousins with a drug offence that doesn’t exist. They then held a media conference for which the only purpose seems to have been to humiliate Mr Cousins and prejudice the community against him. Should he have some redress? wonders Greg Barns.

Amidst the furore of the dramatic Ben Cousins arrest and the sad end to his West Coast career an interesting contradiction has emerged, writes Adam Schwab.

Test or no test: the Cousins conundrum

Amidst the furore of the dramatic Ben Cousins arrest and the sad end to his West Coast career an interesting contradiction has emerged, writes Adam Schwab.

There is a fatal flaw in Senator George Brandis's criticism of the AFL over its handling of the Ben Cousins affair, writes Adam Schwab.

But Senator Brandis, Cousins never tested positive

There is a fatal flaw in Senator George Brandis's criticism of the AFL over its handling of the Ben Cousins affair, writes Adam Schwab.

The election hardly features in the most read lists of the 10 newspaper web sites we are monitoring during the campaign, writes Richard Farmer.

Reality check: Election? What election?

The election hardly features in the most read lists of the 10 newspaper web sites we are monitoring during the campaign, writes Richard Farmer.

Ben Cousins gets charged with possessing an illegal drug and thousands of dollars of Western Australian taxpayers’ money will be wasted on processing, charging and prosecuting him. Why not spend the money more wisely, argues Greg Barns.

Ben Cousins and the futility of the war on drugs

Ben Cousins gets charged with possessing an illegal drug and thousands of dollars of Western Australian taxpayers’ money will be wasted on processing, charging and prosecuting him. Why not spend the money more wisely, argues Greg Barns.

Ben Cousins has rescued a side many times and yesterday he came to the aid of Labor, pushing the talk of tax cuts right down the news agenda, writes Richard Farmer.

The Daily Verdict: Day 3 and Ben Cousins helps Labor

Ben Cousins has rescued a side many times and yesterday he came to the aid of Labor, pushing the talk of tax cuts right down the news agenda, writes Richard Farmer.

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