The #Ashbyappeal decision: @boeufblogginon explainer

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By Joan Evatt 28 February 2014 In a majority decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia Justices Mansfield and Gilmour granted James Ashby the leave to appeal and upheld that appeal thereby overturning the decision of Rares J. A minority decision by Siopis J granted Ashby leave to appeal and then dismissed […]

Local ecologist Philip Spark’s letter to friends appealing for help to save Leard State Forest #leardblockade

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By Philip Spark 24th January 2014 Dear friends, This is an SOS call for help to save Leard State Forest which is likely to be bulldozed this month. Two large coal mines have been approved to destroy 3400ha through the middle of the forest, which will lead to the decline of up to 28 threatened species, […]

Keep Australia Beautiful – fighting for its own demise? Errol Brandt – @e2mq173 – reports

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By Errol Bandt Earlier this year, Australian beverage industry giants Coke, Schweppes and Lion successfully challenged the Northern Territory’s container deposit scheme in the federal court. Container deposit schemes (CDS) require consumers pay a small deposit when they buy bottled beverages (10 cents) and have that deposit refunded when the container is returned to a […]

My Twitter interview with #Ashby’s media adviser

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By Margo Kingston May 3, 2013 Mr Anthony McClellan followed me this morning, after I tweeted on the #Ashby appeal. His invitation to talk. So I threw him some questions and he threw me some answers. We’ve published the interview for the record here. It is interesting that he chose to speak for Ashby lawyers Harmers […]

#Ashby appeal, Day 1

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By Joan Evatt May 3, 2013 With the exception of Michael Harmer all the key players were there for the media to take quick photos and 15-second video grabs. Peter Slipper and James Ashby are starting to look a little frayed around the edges as they prepare to endure yet another round in this legal […]

Joan Evatt’s preview of #Ashby appeal

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By Joan Evatt April 29, 2013 Editors note: Here is Joan’s preview of the appeals by Ashby and his lawyer Michael Harmer against the Justice Rares’ dismissal of Ashby’s sexual harassment claim against Slipper as an abuse of the judicial system. Joan will report the hearing for @NoFibs.  Her first report is here. Just when you think […]

Ashby v Slipper Appeal: the first round

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By Joan Evatt Source: Boeufblogginon February 8th 2013 There were surprisingly few members of the general public present at today’s directions hearing before Emmett J in the matter of the Ashby v Slipper applications for leave to appeal to the Full Bench of the Federal Court. Is this issue dead in the water with the masses […]

We buy your papers, so give us a little respect! Where is the #Ashbygate judgment coverage?

By Noely Neate Source: YaThink Date: December 13th, 2012 Regional areas rely on National media to ensure that we get a very full picture of what is happening in the Nation and the World.  Living in a regional area can be great, more relaxed lifestyle, awesome place to bring up a family etc., the flipside is that […]

Where is the #Ashbygate Outrage? Keeping an Eye on the media.

By Noely Neate Source: YaThink Date: December 13th, 2012 The day after Gillard’s (now famous) ‘misogyny’ speech I woke up thinking I was in the twilight zone.  Everyone I knew was amazed or affected in some way, yet, the morning news and papers barely referred to it, instead focussing on Slipper resigning?  I was seriously, WTF?  Thankfully […]

The media now operates with all the subtlety of a Pugilist.

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Subtlety lost By Craig Emerson Date: 24 December 2012 Source: Craig Emerson At Sydney University in the early 1970s a course simply called “Government” was offered to economics, arts and law students. It was a time of social upheaval and the election of the Whitlam Government had ended 23 years of conservative rule. The Murdoch press had […]