Should Heydon stand down? A #turc legal view by @bowlerbarrister

There is often tension in the law as to whether a conservative or more robust approach should be taken in respect of an issue. Opinions may differ according to how an issue is viewed. It might be said that a controversy arising out of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption has produced some dynamic tension in that regard. Thursday 13 March 2014 On Thursday 13 March 2014 The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption was established with former High Court Judge, the Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC, as the Commissioner. Wednesday 9 April 2014 On Wednesday 9 April 2014 opening remarks at the Royal Commission […]

International human rights body tells @TonyAbbottMHR #IStandWithGillianTriggs. @Jansant reports

The International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) has written (full text below) to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR), expressing “grave concern” about recent Government attacks on the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Gillian Triggs (@GillianTriggs). The letter was carbon copied to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the concerns shared with other members of the International Coordinating Committee. The letter states: Mr Prime Minister, Professor Triggs is highly respected within the international human rights community having held a distinguished career in law, including in the area of legal education. She is held in […]

Wilkie and Barns turn up #refugees heat on Abbott with “comprehensive brief” to ICC. @Jansant reports

Andrew Wilkie MP (@WilkieMP) and human rights advocate and lawyer Greg Barns (@BarnsGreg) have followed up their letter to The International Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) in The Hague (ICC) of last October with a “comprehensive brief on this matter”. The full brief is published below. The ICC is currently also considering a submission (with additional information) prepared by lawyer and migration agent Tracie Aylmer (@taylmer). Wilkie and Barns first wrote to the ICC on October 22, 2014, requesting an investigation in accordance with Article 15(1) of the Rome Statute, “into crimes against humanity perpetrated by members of the Australian Government against persons arriving in Australian waters who are seeking protection”. Wilkie […]

Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission blunders: @madwixxy comments on #TURC

As we enter the final days of the public hearings of the Trade Union Royal Commission I find myself in the peculiar position of agreeing with John Howard. John Howard told Janet Albrechtsen in an interview of his unease with the way Tony Abbott and George Brandis used the Royal Commission process as a means to achieve a political end. Howard explained: “I’m uneasy about the idea of having royal commissions or inquiries into essentially a political decision…” “I don’t think you should ever begin to go down the American path of using the law for narrow targeted political purposes.” I believe there is no doubt Abbott is using the law to achieve a […]

#TURC: Someone should tell KATHY JACKSON ‘less is more’: @Boeufblogginon reports

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#TURC, Kathy Jackson and her day in court: @Boeufblogginon reports

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HSU members of the Jackson faction were in the Royal Commission’s spotlight today: @Boeufblogginon reports

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Bruce Wilson testimony and Nowicki allegations at #TURC: @Boeufblogginon reports

Thursday’s Royal Commission into Trade Union … hearing (12th June) ended as it began with legal argument over the exclusion of a number of paragraphs contained in Bruce Wilson’s sworn statement. The paragraphs concerned dealt primarily with Wilson’s allegation that he was offered $200,000 by Harry Nowicki to alter his testimony thereby implicating Julia Gillard in potentially illegal activities. In the morning’s legal banter when the controversial paragraphs were deleted the Commissioner Dyson Heydon did not give any reasons as to his decision. Wilson’s legal representative, Dr Hanscombe QC, rose after the close of the day’s evidence, to make an application requesting the Commish give reasons for their exclusion. “DR […]

Storify by @Boeufblogginon reporting on the Royal Commission into Unions on the 11th June #TURC

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Open letter to Mark Scott about Jon Faine from Margo Kingston

February 4, 2013 Mr Mark Scott, Managing Director ABC Dear Mark, Re: ABC apology to anonymous complainant and reprimand to Jon Faine over his interview with former shock-jock Michael Smith  I write to seek information on this matter and express my concerns at its process. I first learned of it through a strongly worded protest by ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann published on Twitter at @CUhlmann: The ABC’s finding that Jon Faine is guilty of a “lapse in standards” in 2 interviews on the AWU slush fund is absurd. http://t.co/6pOOlvtd Jon challenged two journalists to defend claims that the Prime Minister acted improperly in her former career as a lawyer. Jon believes that, […]