ENTERTAINMENT -v- EVIDENCE

The concept of an impartial jury is central to the operation of our criminal justice system. For hundreds of years we have put our faith in those twelve ordinarily citizens, unbiased and unswayed by extraneous and irrelevant considerations, to stand as the fail-safe system and last line of defence between citizen and state. But of [...]

December 7th, 2018|Criminal Law, Opinion|

IN THE COMPANY OF HEROES

On 11 November 1918, at the French town of Compiegne, high-ranking officers of the Entente, the coalition that opposed the Central Powers of Germany, Austro-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria during World War 1, signed an armistice with Germany, ceasing all hostilities on the Western Front. At eleven o’clock on that morning - the eleventh [...]

November 9th, 2018|International, Opinion, Politics|

THE PHANTOM OF YOUTH

They say youth is wasted on the young. But it may not always be so. Around one hundred years ago, a young, little-known American writer by the name of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, who later would be posthumously celebrated under the name F. Scott Fitzgerald as one of the greatest American authors of the twentieth [...]

October 31st, 2018|Entertainment, Opinion|

RAT RACERS

Remember the old joke about lawyers and rats? In case you don't, here's how it goes – “The National Institute of Health announced this week it would start using lawyers instead of rats to conduct its laboratory experiments. The American Bar Association has objected, but the NIH says there are three good reasons why lawyers [...]

July 6th, 2018|Litigation, Opinion|

THE BEST AND WORST

The 19th century French novelist Gustave Flaubert was a stickler for style. His scrupulous devotion to literary aesthetics and painstaking attention to detail meant every word of his prose was meticulously selected and perfectly positioned. Lamenting the state of the literary and social discourse of his times, Flaubert once complained to fellow writer Ivan Turgenev [...]

April 20th, 2018|Opinion, Politics, Technology|

UBER CRITICAL

As the bartender gave me the nod for last drinks, I reached for my mobile. It was well and truly time to call it a night, and I was in no state to drive. So I pulled up Uber on my phone and scanned for the nearest driver. The first one that bounced up showed [...]

February 9th, 2018|Human Rights, Opinion, Technology|

CELEBRATION

On the weekend our parks were full of Australia Day revellers. Most, I expect, were celebrating their deep affection and appreciation of their nation of birth or adoption, the great natural gifts of a lucky country and its lucky people, the pride and the delight of being part of an essentially liberal, inclusive, and egalitarian [...]

January 30th, 2018|Human Rights, Opinion|

TWENTIETH CENTURY HERO

The 1953 Morris Minor utility was small by any standard. Its cabin was barely big enough for one mum and one dad, so all the kids got bundled into the back. It was right there in the back of the old ute, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with my two big brothers on the rattling metal tray, that [...]

December 14th, 2017|Opinion|

THE MAN IN THE ARENA

When I first started doing trial work as a young lawyer I was constantly surprised and intrigued by the persistent inconsistency between different eyewitness accounts of the exact same incident. Particularly when dealing with a violent or otherwise shocking event, such as a car crash or a brutal street brawl, no two witnesses seemed to [...]

November 3rd, 2017|International, Opinion, Politics|

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 that life isn't always just and that there is injustice for people and we should do something about it.” That is a quote from the eminent Australian jurist [...]

September 29th, 2017|Human Rights, Opinion, Politics|