Commissions of Inquiry including CCC, ACIC and ASIC

AN UNCOMMON COMMODITY

Without doubt, self-preservation is the most powerful and compelling of all human instincts. The will to survive - physically, emotionally, financially – is acute and compelling, inextricably ingrained in our human condition. In his 2007 book Courage: Eight Portraits, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown used the stories of eight outstanding figures of the 20th [...]

March 14th, 2018|Commissions of Inquiry, Criminal Law, Politics|

THE RULE OF LAW

In a time of increasingly vigorous criticism of some of our court processes, many were taken aback when Victoria’s Supreme Court recently hit back at its detractors, carpeting three politicians, a journalist and a newspaper editor, over public statements criticising the sentencing of terror offenders. A couple of months ago three ministers of the Turnbull [...]

August 18th, 2017|Commissions of Inquiry, Criminal Law, Litigation, Politics|

CITIZEN JOHN AND THE GENIE

There’s a common misconception in some circles that only criminals, miscreants and ne’er-do-wells attract the attention of investigators like Federal and State police, corporate and other regulatory watchdogs, the tax man and the like. Most of us blithely go through life believing if we always try to act honestly and honourably there is no risk [...]

June 16th, 2017|Commissions of Inquiry, Criminal Law, Privacy|

MORE ROBUST TIMES

For many the recent retrospective by Brisbane’s Courier Mail newspaper, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the game-changing Fitzgerald Commission of Inquiry into Police Corruption in Queensland, will have brought back memories of more robust times. Between 1987 and 1989 the inquiry, presided over by Tony Fitzgerald, then a razor-sharp and highly regarded Brisbane barrister, [...]

March 3rd, 2017|Commissions of Inquiry, Criminal Law, Politics|