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On Freedom

February 15th, 2017 · No Comments

The Hon Robert French, until very recently the Chief Justice of Australia, gave the 2017 Law Oration about the rule of law in the Banco Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria.  You can read it or watch it here.  He cited authority for a proposition which I occasionally find a failure to grasp bedevils young […]

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2016: not such a good year (part 4: terror, including genocides)

February 10th, 2017 · No Comments

It is said that 2016 may have been the year in which a coordinated terrorist attack involving bombs and knives reached Melbourne. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Federation Square and Flinders St, possibly on Christmas Day. 400 AFP and ASIO officers and regular police arrested seven men. Four were charged: Abdullah Chaarani, Hamza Abbas, Ahmed Mohamed, and […]

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2016: not such a good year (part 3: Tromps, Trumps, Russia, China)

February 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

Victorious underdogs  With some already noted exceptions, it was the year of the underdog. In the AFL, the Western Bulldogs pulled off an extraordinary Grand Final victory, the fruits of ex-Slater & Gordon man Peter Gordon’s remaking of the club. By contrast, the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the suspension for 12 months of […]

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2016: not such a good year (part 2: deaths)

February 1st, 2017 · No Comments

The Hon. Alan Goldberg AO, QC, portrait by Jacqueline Mitelman Lots of unfamous people died horrible deaths last year: see part 1, and more to come. But more than the average number of famous pulses seemed to flatline in 2016. The grim reaper took a few big scalps prematurely: Max Walker at 68, David Bowie at 69, Prince at […]

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Tags: Human rights and international law · Judges

2016: not such a good year (part 1: Iceland, Syria)

January 31st, 2017 · No Comments

‘Your turn, doctor’ I had a lovely time last year, but for many, 2016 was not such a good year,[1] even if they were fooled by propaganda and fake news into thinking it was. If you want to see how the other half lives, check out Médecins Sans Frontières’s photographic recap of 2016. Pulses It […]

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News from Tibet

August 15th, 2016 · No Comments

For some reason the latest of many stories I keep up with from Tibet, where I have travelled, prompts me to share it with you.  Maybe it’s the contrast with the case of wrongfully convicted Steven Avery, the subject of ‘Making a Murderer’ (did you hear that Brendan Dassey’s conviction has just been overturned?).  Maybe […]

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Tags: Human rights and international law · Rule of law

2015, not such a good year (part 4: domestic politics and refugees)

February 5th, 2016 · No Comments

Domestic politics Speaking of Islamic head coverings, that most inappropriate speaker Bronwyn Bishop (see www.bronwyn.com.au) fell off the perch. Three weeks into Choppergate, Ms Bishop acknowledged that after commandeering a chopper at your and my expense to a Liberal fundraiser in Geelong of all places was ‘completely ridiculous’, leading to close analysis of her previous expense […]

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2015, not such a great year (part 3: abuse, terrorism, misery and disaster, power)

February 4th, 2016 · No Comments

Abuse Speaking of the Catholics as I was at the end of the last post, there were some fairly spectacular sick notes.  Cardinal Pell was too sick to attend the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in person. Alan Myers QC could not persuade the Commission to hear his evidence by video […]

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2015, not such a great year (part 2: death, crime, marriage, war)

February 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

Death, crime and marriage Richie Benaud died. 501 Sydneysiders dressed up as Richie a few weeks ago in a weird tribute at the SCG test. Lee Kwan Yew and Malcolm Fraser died too. So did Bart Cummings, Harry Butler, and Alan Bond. So did a singer I liked a lot, Victor Démé from the country […]

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2015, not such a good year (part 1: aviation and environment)

February 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Happy new year, friends! Despite the discombobulation of having to find new chambers last year, I came away with a better feeling than I did about 2014 which (my thoughts on 2014 were here).  I took a sabbatical which probably had a lot to do with it (just back today, really).  That was pretty sweet. […]

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