THE BETTER PART OF US

April 24th, 2017|0 Comments

The 1959 German film Die Bruecke by director Bernhard Wiki is set in the final days of World War 2, as American tanks drive the Allied victory [...]

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A SMALL, SMALL WORLD

April 21st, 2017|0 Comments

On June 28, 1963, the then-President of the United States of America, the late great John Fitzgerald Kennedy, addressed a joint session of the Oireachtas Eireann, the [...]

TRUE BELIEVERS

April 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Legalising medicinal cannabis in Australia, the debate rages on. “Cannabis sativa is the greatest wonder-drug ever known to man.” The grizzled, weather-beaten face of the aging hippie [...]

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TRIAL BY INTERNET

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How does the criminal justice system cope with the information revolution of the Internet? In the first [...]

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MORE ROBUST TIMES

March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

For many the recent retrospective by Brisbane’s Courier Mail newspaper, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the [...]

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BETWEEN MAN AND MYTH

February 10th, 2017|0 Comments

There is so often a deep, unpassable chasm between man and myth. The late James Rieher Snuka, [...]

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WELCOME TO OCEANIA

February 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

We live in an everchanging world. Early in 2016, it was announced by the British government that [...]

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FAIR GO AUSTRALIA

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

What goes around always seems to come around again. In February 1862 a familiar advertisement appeared in [...]

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TAKING A BACKSEAT

January 19th, 2017|0 Comments

In the old days good girls were told to stay out of the back seat of cars. [...]

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DOG DAY AFTERNOON

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Over the break I dropped in for a day of musical mayhem at the annual Falls Music [...]

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SANTA BAN

December 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

It seems like people can always find something to fight about, even at Christmas time. I guess [...]

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THE GENTEEL SILENCE

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

The complaint this week from would-be patrons of a popular Adelaide hotel that they were refused entry [...]

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SELECTIVE AMNESIA

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Remember that awesome pub-crawl you went on in first year uni, the one organised by your student [...]

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THE MAN ON THE CLAPHAM OMNIBUS

November 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Lawyers are well acquainted with the Reasonable Man. After all, he’s each and every one of us, [...]

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SCHOOLIES, LOCKOUT LAWS AND JELLY SHOTS

November 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

With Schoolies 2016 and the Christmas silly season soon upon us, licensed premises owners, staff and patrons [...]

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THE EDUCATION OF AMASA

October 27th, 2016|0 Comments

The Bible tells us that the sinner Saul was struck down on the road to Damascus. In [...]

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RACY BEHAVIOUR

October 21st, 2016|0 Comments

This weekend’s Castrol Gold Coast 600 is yet another reminder that some people just seem to be [...]

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SEND IN THE CLOWNS

October 14th, 2016|Comments Off on SEND IN THE CLOWNS

The circus is in town.  A crazy new phenomenon is sweeping across the US, Europe, and now [...]

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES

September 30th, 2016|Comments Off on ATTACK OF THE DRONES

With the currently almost endemic proliferation in Australian society of audio- and video-recording mobile phones, and the [...]

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BRINGING UP BABY

September 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on BRINGING UP BABY

When couples are separating, and negotiating who gets what from the joint property pool, pets (most frequently [...]

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STOOL PIGEONS & G MEN

September 15th, 2016|Comments Off on STOOL PIGEONS & G MEN

G men love stoolies. It’s a fact of life. Over the centuries, the one thing that has [...]

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BIG MONEY BARNEYS

September 14th, 2016|Comments Off on BIG MONEY BARNEYS

Big-time prize fighting has always walked hand in hand with big money litigation. It’s a world of [...]

NRL MATCH FIXING INVESTIGATION

September 8th, 2016|Comments Off on NRL MATCH FIXING INVESTIGATION

Today’s news that six NRL stars will be interrogated over alleged match fixing, and face jail if [...]

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THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF TELEMARKETING

September 1st, 2016|Comments Off on THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF TELEMARKETING

In Australia we have some of the strictest telemarketing laws in the world and we need to. [...]

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BOOM TOWN

August 25th, 2016|Comments Off on BOOM TOWN

When I was a kid my brothers and I used to watch those corny old black-and-white midday [...]

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CITY OF DREAMS

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on CITY OF DREAMS

When I was a young girl growing up in Brazil, I would often visit family and friends [...]

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WIDENING THE DOOR ON BCIPA

August 19th, 2016|Comments Off on WIDENING THE DOOR ON BCIPA

A recent decision handed down in the Brisbane Magistrates Court could have far reaching effects for building [...]

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A MATTER OF RESTRAINT

August 18th, 2016|Comments Off on A MATTER OF RESTRAINT

Today’s news out of the Broncos Rugby League headquarters about an alleged “drunken incident” involving star centre [...]

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PRIVACY TALK

August 4th, 2016|Comments Off on PRIVACY TALK

With Census Night just around the corner everyone is suddenly talking about Privacy. And so they should [...]

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CAN POLICE JUST RANDOMLY STOP AND SEARCH ME?

July 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on CAN POLICE JUST RANDOMLY STOP AND SEARCH ME?

At festivals like Splendour in the Grass and Greazefest, music lovers have become accustomed to seeing police [...]

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TRIAL OF THE CENTURY

July 20th, 2016|Comments Off on TRIAL OF THE CENTURY

I was blown away by the latest ESPN ‘30 for 30’ documentary, ‘O.J.: Made in America’. Like [...]

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HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR CREDIT STATUS LATELY?!

July 15th, 2016|Comments Off on HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR CREDIT STATUS LATELY?!

Have you checked your credit status lately? Chances are you’ve never heard of organisations like VEDA, Dunn [...]

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THE CANDYMAN CAN

July 8th, 2016|Comments Off on THE CANDYMAN CAN

Our perhaps most flamboyant and controversial client, the Gold Coast’s own Candyman, tobacco franchising supremo Mr Travers [...]

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TROLLS BEWARE

June 30th, 2016|Comments Off on TROLLS BEWARE

The Australian justice system has at last stomped decisively into the 21st century, striking out at online [...]

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THE WINDS OF CHANGE

June 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on THE WINDS OF CHANGE

What goes around comes around, I guess. My wife and I spent this week visiting our youngest [...]

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ALI RIP

June 7th, 2016|Comments Off on ALI RIP

Over the weekend, a great hero passed away. Muhammad Ali was not just a giant of the [...]

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AMERICAN PIE

May 20th, 2016|Comments Off on AMERICAN PIE

Something crazy is happening in America right now. Crazy, and eerily familiar. As the left and right [...]

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FAIR ENOUGH

May 19th, 2016|Comments Off on FAIR ENOUGH

"That’s not fair.” My client’s assessment was spot-on, and more than a little ironic, given he was [...]

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SEX AND THE SLEEPY

May 5th, 2016|Comments Off on SEX AND THE SLEEPY

Life is a risky undertaking that involves an endless series of perilous decisions. Some turn out triumphant, [...]

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CRACKING THE EGG

April 15th, 2016|Comments Off on CRACKING THE EGG

We work all our lives to create a nest-egg that will hopefully sustain us comfortably in our [...]

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BETWEEN MAIN AND DESSERT

April 7th, 2016|Comments Off on BETWEEN MAIN AND DESSERT

“So what did you think of the Baden-Clay decision?” It was the question I’d been dreading all [...]

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SADLY, A GROWTH INDUSTRY

March 11th, 2016|Comments Off on SADLY, A GROWTH INDUSTRY

In the mid-1960’s around 10% of all Australian marriages ended in divorce. According to the Australian Institute [...]

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SCARY STORIES

March 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on SCARY STORIES

This summer many of us became budding couch detectives and expert criminologists, all from the air-conditioned comfort [...]

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BIG DOG SAYS “GOODNIGHT”

February 18th, 2016|Comments Off on BIG DOG SAYS “GOODNIGHT”

The hottest of hot topics in this state for the past couple of weeks has been the [...]

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OCEAN ROAD MAGAZINE 2016 SUMMER ISSUE

February 8th, 2016|Comments Off on OCEAN ROAD MAGAZINE 2016 SUMMER ISSUE

I am thrilled to see that the current 2016 Summer Issue of the prominent lifestyle publication Ocean [...]

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STOLEN CHILDREN

January 28th, 2016|Comments Off on STOLEN CHILDREN

Family law disputes often involve haggling over tens or hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of property, [...]

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DOGS AND SMALL CHILDREN

January 21st, 2016|Comments Off on DOGS AND SMALL CHILDREN

The old show business adage warns you should never work with animals or children. They’re unruly, unpredictable, [...]

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INTRODUCING GISELE REID

January 9th, 2016|Comments Off on INTRODUCING GISELE REID

Next Monday, when Nyst Legal officially re-opens its doors for 2016, we will have the pleasure of [...]

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FOR THE RECORD…

December 8th, 2015|Comments Off on FOR THE RECORD…

Last week the press had a field day taking pot-shots at Southport magistrate Bernadette Callaghan for ordering [...]

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THE HERO OF PALMYRA

November 17th, 2015|Comments Off on THE HERO OF PALMYRA

The armed militants of Daesh, pillaging and plundering their way across the Middle East, proclaim themselves heroes of [...]

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NEW FIX FOR SERIAL JUNKIES

November 9th, 2015|Comments Off on NEW FIX FOR SERIAL JUNKIES

If you're hooked, as I am, on the phenomenally popular podcast, Serial, crank up those earphones and [...]

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WOULD YOU BELIEVE…

November 5th, 2015|Comments Off on WOULD YOU BELIEVE…

Criminal defence lawyers often deal with desperate people - desperate to clear their name, desperate to establish their [...]

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“KELLY” MACGROARTY RIP

October 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on “KELLY” MACGROARTY RIP

This week saw the passing of my very dear friend and mentor Kelly Macgroarty, one of Queensland’s [...]

  • Defamation

SWEET LITTLE FISH

October 15th, 2015|Comments Off on SWEET LITTLE FISH

Little fish are sweet. High profile defamation actions and messy murder trials may make for big headlines, [...]

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TAKING ON THE STATE

September 10th, 2015|Comments Off on TAKING ON THE STATE

Experienced lawyers will tell you can’t really call yourself a litigator until you’ve won the unwinnable case, [...]

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FROM LITTLE THINGS

August 26th, 2015|Comments Off on FROM LITTLE THINGS

Last week ‘New York’s Finest’ were reaching for their Smartphones, posting happy snaps of panhandlers begging on [...]

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A FINE COMMERCIAL LINE

August 11th, 2015|Comments Off on A FINE COMMERCIAL LINE

Last month the Nyst Legal commercial litigation team spent nearly two weeks in the Federal Court in [...]

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POLICY OR POLITICS?

August 9th, 2015|Comments Off on POLICY OR POLITICS?

Last week the Supreme Court ordered the Queensland Parole Board to pay convicted bank robber Brenden Abbott’s [...]

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CSI WASHINGTON DC

July 1st, 2015|Comments Off on CSI WASHINGTON DC

So you think that all CSI stuff is pretty impressive, huh? Think again. On February 24, 1981, [...]

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THE BLOODY INSULT

June 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on THE BLOODY INSULT

Not everything's about money. One of my favourite Australian films of all time is Ken Hannan’s classic [...]

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A VERY BIG CALL

June 12th, 2015|Comments Off on A VERY BIG CALL

I was surprised to read this week former Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock's comment that it is unlikely [...]

  • Muhammad Ali, The Fight of the Century

THE RUMBLE OF TURBULENT TIMES

June 4th, 2015|Comments Off on THE RUMBLE OF TURBULENT TIMES

Well, the final figures are in, and it's official - the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. prize-fight last [...]

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PARTY TIME

April 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the suburbs… Earlier this year, eight [...]

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VERNONS MUSIC AWARD

March 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Nyst Legal trainee lawyer Jonny Nyst, did the Gold Coast proud last night with a first-place gong [...]

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DALLIANCE DISCOUNTS

March 30th, 2015|0 Comments

If you're thinking of sharing your bed with someone sometime soon, it might be best to stop and [...]

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RUFFLED EAGLE FEATHERS

March 27th, 2015|0 Comments

A clash of Queensland judicial personalities flared earlier this week, with the Courier Mail newspaper reporting on [...]

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A CRISIS OF CREDIBILITY

March 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Sadly, there is a growing sense of inevitability surrounding impending execution of Bali Nine members Andrew Chan [...]

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A CALL TO ALL GOOD MEN

February 26th, 2015|0 Comments

It’s high time for good men to stand up and do something about domestic violence. Last year domestic [...]

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Vive l’humanité

January 14th, 2015|0 Comments

As distressing as last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris proved to be, they were not the first, [...]

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SHOWTIME

January 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Talk about art imitating life imitating art imitating life. In the 2002 American action-comedy movie Showtime two odd-couple cops [...]

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Open Justice

December 12th, 2014|0 Comments

Questions about racial inequality continue to simmer in the United States following last week's decision of a [...]

  • defaming online

THE UNDERBELLY ISSUE

December 4th, 2014|0 Comments

A couple of years back, at the International Criminal Law Congress, I delivered a paper on the [...]

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TEN YEARS ON

November 27th, 2014|0 Comments

10 years ago today, on 27 November 2004, the indigenous community of Palm Island erupted. The islanders [...]

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Supreme Court Rules Incentive Clawbacks Unenforceable

November 25th, 2014|0 Comments

What goes up must come down, and vice versa. In a town that’s seen more than its [...]

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LEST WE FORGET

November 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Today marks the 96th anniversary of the end of  World War I. In four short years that conflict [...]

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EXACTLY WHAT THEY TAKE

November 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Frank Darabont’s 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption is an enduring classic of American cinema. Based on the [...]

  • Sharing lottery winnings

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

October 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

They say money can't buy happiness, but most of us are willing to give it a shot. [...]

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BIG THINGS GROW

October 16th, 2014|0 Comments

From little things big things grow. How true it is. I was filled with an enormous sense [...]

  • Margaret and David - Australian Film

SO LONG MAGGIE AND DAVE, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISSION

September 17th, 2014|0 Comments

I guess just about everybody who's ever had anything much to do with the Australian film industry [...]

  • Carly Nyst, Privacy Law in the Digital Age

CARLY NYST ADDRESSES UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

On Friday last week my dear daughter Carly Nyst, a UK-based Australian lawyer who is currently the [...]

  • Oscar Pistorius - Culpable Homicide

NO SURPRISE IN PISTORIUS VERDICT

September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Notwithstanding all the hoopla being currently kicked up in the public press, I expect the  verdict hardly [...]

  • John Sattler

SATTS TELLS IT ALL IN GLORY DETAIL

August 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Yesterday I joined South Sydney faithful at the old Redfern Town Hall in Sydney for the launch [...]

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CEDRIC HAMPSON, ONE OF GOD’S OWN GENTLEMEN. RIP.

August 25th, 2014|0 Comments

When I received a call last night to hear my old friend and mentor Cedric Hampson QC had [...]

  • Hedy Epstein - Handcuffs

NEED FOR RESTRAINT

August 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Earlier this week I was sitting in the public gallery of a Magistrates Court on the Sunshine [...]

  • Police Shooting Protests US

BREAKING THE CYCLE

August 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Violence begets violence. We’ve all become accustomed to television images of US police responding to even the [...]

  • Human Rights and Anti-Bikie Laws

HEAVEN FORBID, MAYBE EVEN YOU AND ME

August 12th, 2014|0 Comments

Last week I was invited by Amnesty International to join a panel of criminal justice experts discussing [...]

  • Sulawesi Monkey - Who owns the Copyright?

ANIMAL RIGHTS, OR JUST PLAIN MONKEY BUSINESS?

August 9th, 2014|0 Comments

As a novelist and film-maker, and advisor to a singer-songwriter son heavily involved in the music industry [...]

  • Back to the Future - Southport named the ’new’ CBD

BACK TO THE FUTURE – SOUTHPORT NAMED THE ‘NEW’ CBD

July 28th, 2014|0 Comments

It's great to see Southport officially recognised by the State Government as the Gold Coast's ‘new’ CBD. [...]

  • Australia Residential Density CBD living

WHY HIGHER RESIDENTIAL DENSITY MAKES SOUND SOCIO-ECONOMIC SENSE

July 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Established in 2008, the Grattan Institute is a Melbourne-based public policy think tank which focuses on the [...]

  • Funeral of Allison Baden-Clay at St Paul's Anglican Chruch at Ipswich

BUGGING COFFINS?! HAS IT REALLY COME TO THIS?

July 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Years ago I was involved in a major Australian Federal Police investigation into a high-profile union administrator [...]

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WHEN ARE YOUNG COPS GOING TO BE TAUGHT CHOKER HOLDS ARE LETHAL?

July 21st, 2014|0 Comments

About 20 years ago I acted for a young police officer who was charged with assault occasioning [...]

  • Social Media and Divorce rates

STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AND OUT OF THE FAMILY COURT?

July 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Over the past several years anecdotal experience in the our family law practice has had some at [...]

  • Mal Meninga - Gold Coast Magazine

BROTHER FOR BROTHER

July 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

We choose our friends. We don’t choose our family. But family is family, for better or for [...]

  • Dick Tracy - Smartphone

WATCH PHONES TAKING US BACK TO THE FUTURE.

June 26th, 2014|0 Comments

When I was a kid every afternoon after school my brothers and I used to love watching [...]

  • Pre-nuptial agreements

PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS NOW CENSORING SOCIAL MEDIA. OKAY, WHY NOT?

June 25th, 2014|0 Comments

These days the ambit of Pre-Nuptial Agreements is extensive, in some cases even regulating partners’ behaviour and [...]

  • Jeremy Meeks - Real life crime

HOT MUGSHOT GUY – ARE WE SERIOUSLY LOSING IT?

June 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

The story that went viral last week about the so-called "hot mugshot guy" Jeremy Meeks raises some [...]

  • Cruise Ship Terminal

RESISTANCE TO CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL – SOUND POLICY OR JUST NOSTALGIA?

June 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

I see Councillor Susie Douglas is leading the charge with the Gold Coast Community Alliance to fight [...]

  • Chief Justice Tim Carmody

IS THE CHIEF JUSTICE DEBATE ABOUT CARMODY?

June 19th, 2014|0 Comments

I read with great interest the newspaper report on comments made by Court of Appeal Justice John [...]

  • Chief Justice Tim Carmody

WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE DO WE WANT AS OUR JUDGES?

June 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Opinions differ as to how we should select our judicial officers. Inevitably, ambitions, politics and prejudice play [...]

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