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2007, 2019

A TRUE GENTLEMAN

By | July 20th, 2019|Categories: Entertainment, Opinion|0 Comments

I was very saddened to hear this week of the passing of Rick Carter, the great Australian actor and comedian, with whom I worked on Gettin’ Square, a film I wrote and co-produced in 2003. [...]

1207, 2019

IN DEFENCE OF THE DEFENCE

By | July 12th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on IN DEFENCE OF THE DEFENCE

This week the Queensland opposition launched a robust attack on a centuries-old criminal law defence. The 'mistake of fact’ defence was encoded into Queensland law in 1899 when our Criminal Code was first enacted, adopting [...]

507, 2019

HIGH TIME FOR REFORM?

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Law, Traffic Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on HIGH TIME FOR REFORM?

A common submission by Queensland defence lawyers representing drug-driving offenders goes something like this: “My client had not in fact smoked cannabis for several days prior to driving, but hangover traces of the drug must [...]

2806, 2019

HARD CASES

By | June 28th, 2019|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on HARD CASES

Lawyers have this thing they sometimes like to say. “Hard cases make bad law.” It’s true. About thirty years ago I got the job to represent a nice, sweet, softly-spoken lady who stabbed her husband [...]

606, 2019

JUSTICE DENIED

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on JUSTICE DENIED

Between January 2013 and December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard evidence revealing that for generations many of our educational and other institutions presided over the systemic abuse of [...]

2904, 2019

MIGRATION BALANCE

By | April 29th, 2019|Categories: Migration|Tags: , , |Comments Off on MIGRATION BALANCE

Migration continues to feature as a red hot topic for debate on the Australian political landscape, particularly in the context of the looming Federal election. Recent changes to our migration and visa rules have seen [...]