From #Watergate to #Ashbygate: A review of “Ashbygate” the book, by Joan Evatt @Boeufblogginon

A few weeks ago Ross Jones and Dave Donovan, of Independent Australia, sent me messages asking me to review Ross’s book on the Ashbygate saga. Despite being as crook as Rookwood I was more than happy to agree, and in due course a copy appeared in my letterbox. I was in the middle of reading it very, very late one night when I happened to notice “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN” being run on one of the Fox channels and started to watch it.  You know how you are in that semi-somnolent state when something is triggered, a penny drops, and suddenly you are alert and alive. What got me going? […]

Slipper soap opera continues: @Boeufblogginon comments

Any matter involving Peter Slipper, it appears, is always going to be complicated. A simple Mention before the Federal Circuit Court this week proved to be no different. Instead of just setting dates for hearings to commence, the court ended-up with a new version of a legal soap opera. In front of Judge Manousaridis, legal representatives involved in Doane v Slipper & Anor were pushed to the end of the queue. It appeared everybody knew this was going to be the first round of the next chapter in the on-going legal serial. And so it proved. Mr S Berry was the first to throw a curveball in the proceedings. He is […]

The #Ashbyappeal decision: @boeufblogginon explainer

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 the appeal. All three judges denied Michael Harmer leave to appeal. Lawyers will always tell you that there are two key components to any case that must be met if a disaster is to be avoided. The first is a lawyer striving to provide that hook upon which a judge can hang his hat. The […]

Lessons from Ireland for our sex abuse inquiries

by Joan Evatt May 28, 2013 I don’t buy magazines. Like many others the only time I get to read magazines is when I’m sitting in a waiting room. It is interesting to note the class system in magazines. Waiting at a dentist’s, or doctor’s surgery I catch up with what Brad and Angelina or something called a Kadashian, a breed of peahen apparently, and, of course, what the royals did twelve months ago. Hairdressers have a more up-market collection of magazines from which to choose, with Vogue, Madison,Vanity Fair (which actually does have some written featured articles in it) to tempt you while you are having your hair ‘done’. So […]