What makes the government run?

The Australian Government and the Australian Federal Police have been running hard on the ‘Moti Affair’. What drives them to mount a second case against the lawyer? Is it what barrister and CLA member John Purnell SC asks in a penetrating rundown of the…

Are our rights under threat?

This thoughtful, scholarly analysis of civil liberties in Australia after 11 September 2001 was presented to a University of the Third Age (U3A) forum in August 2006 by Allan Hall, founding partner of Canberra legal firm Snedden, Hall and Gallop and…

A Lack of Respect

Medical practitioners used to take a Hippocratic Oath, affirming their obligation to do the right thing by their patients. Do/should members of the legal profession make a similar promise to respect the rule of law and honour the freedoms enshrined in th…

DNA and Public Confidence

As the various state and territory governments are bit-by-bit expanding the use of DNA databases, here are two suggestions that would increase public confidence (or make politicians think a bit more carefully a) To give public confidence in…