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JUDGEMENT DAY

October 13th, 2017|0 Comments

The other night I had the craziest dream. Remember Haley Joel Osment? He's that cute-but-oh-so-creepy little weird kid with the Sad Sack face who kept seeing dead [...]

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THE GREAT DISSENTER

September 29th, 2017|Comments Off on THE GREAT DISSENTER

“I am the result of a loving upbringing in a peaceful country, with wonderful parents and siblings, a very long-term relationship, stability, support – but a feeling [...]

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REDEMPTION ROAD

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There is no more powerful human narrative than the story of redemption, the assurance that no matter what evil we have done we can atone, strive to [...]

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THE EXECUTOR AND THE PRODIGAL SON

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By all accounts the recently deceased was a pretty cranky old dude. Even his life-long best friend, [...]

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HOW SWEET IT IS

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As a longtime lover of the ‘Sweet Science’, I felt a secret sense of satisfaction in watching [...]

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SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS

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It's funny the way things seem to go on swings and roundabouts. In 1945 the troops returned [...]

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THE RULE OF LAW

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In a time of increasingly vigorous criticism of some of our court processes, many were taken aback [...]

WINNERS AND LOSERS

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The thrill of the punt is not for everyone. It can be a tough game. To the [...]

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REASONABLE CONDUCT

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The threat last week by One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts to report Fairfax Media journalists to police [...]

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SIFTING THROUGH THE DROSS

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The Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell has retained a brilliant USSR-born, Jewish lawyer to defend him.  Melbourne-based [...]

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DOLI INCAPAX

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Youngest offender ever charged with murder In the early hours of the morning following Australia Day last [...]

THE BIRDS IS COMING

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I read a news story just the other day about a self-declared “grammar vigilante” who reportedly prowls [...]

FEUD

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Some court cases concern life and liberty, some are about money and manipulation, and others grubby politics [...]

A FOREIGN LAND

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The sentencing this week in China of three Australian employees of James Packer’s Crown Resorts brings into [...]

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ON THE EDGE

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I was contemplating suicide this week. Not personally contemplating the actual deed mind you - in fact, [...]

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CITIZEN JOHN AND THE GENIE

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There’s a common misconception in some circles that only criminals, miscreants and ne’er-do-wells attract the attention of [...]

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PAROLE ON TRIAL

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The Prime Minister’s call for an overhaul of state parole laws in the wake of this week's [...]

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FIXATED FOLK

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This week I learned something kind of crazy that I never knew before.A gentleman came to my [...]

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Nyst Legal Establishes a Brisbane Presence

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Nyst Legal is recognised as one of Queensland’s leading criminal and regulatory law firms. Whilst we have [...]

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THE BETTER PART OF US

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The 1959 German film Die Bruecke by director Bernhard Wiki is set in the final days of [...]

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A SMALL, SMALL WORLD

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On June 28, 1963, the then-President of the United States of America, the late great John Fitzgerald [...]

TRUE BELIEVERS

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Legalising medicinal cannabis in Australia, the debate rages on. “Cannabis sativa is the greatest wonder-drug ever known [...]

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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

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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

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

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WELCOME TO OCEANIA

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

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FAIR GO AUSTRALIA

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

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TAKING A BACKSEAT

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

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DOG DAY AFTERNOON

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

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SANTA BAN

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

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THE GENTEEL SILENCE

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

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SELECTIVE AMNESIA

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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

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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|Comments Off on SCHOOLIES, LOCKOUT LAWS AND JELLY SHOTS

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

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

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RACY BEHAVIOUR

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

NRL MATCH FIXING INVESTIGATION

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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ALI RIP

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

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AMERICAN PIE

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

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FAIR ENOUGH

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"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

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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

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

  • child abduction

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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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|Comments Off on PARTY TIME

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|Comments Off on VERNONS MUSIC AWARD

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|Comments Off on DALLIANCE DISCOUNTS

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|Comments Off on RUFFLED EAGLE FEATHERS

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|Comments Off on A CRISIS OF CREDIBILITY

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|Comments Off on A CALL TO ALL GOOD MEN

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|Comments Off on Vive l’humanité

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|Comments Off on SHOWTIME

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|Comments Off on Open Justice

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

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THE UNDERBELLY ISSUE

December 4th, 2014|Comments Off on THE UNDERBELLY ISSUE

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|Comments Off on TEN YEARS ON

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|Comments Off on Supreme Court Rules Incentive Clawbacks Unenforceable

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

  • Casualties of war

LEST WE FORGET

November 11th, 2014|Comments Off on LEST WE FORGET

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|Comments Off on EXACTLY WHAT THEY TAKE

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

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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

October 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

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|Comments Off on BIG THINGS GROW

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|Comments Off on SO LONG MAGGIE AND DAVE, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISSION

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|Comments Off on CARLY NYST ADDRESSES UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

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|Comments Off on NO SURPRISE IN PISTORIUS VERDICT

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|Comments Off on SATTS TELLS IT ALL IN GLORY DETAIL

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

  • Cedric Hampson

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

August 25th, 2014|Comments Off on CEDRIC HAMPSON, ONE OF GOD’S OWN GENTLEMEN. RIP.

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

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NEED FOR RESTRAINT

August 21st, 2014|Comments Off on NEED FOR RESTRAINT

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

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