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…

Law needs reason

Katrina Williams’ letter (Letters, February 1) is strong on emotion but short on fact. She says she doesn’t know whether the judge or the law society is more wrong for the acquittal of James Cook, and she refers to the ACT’s "out of touch judges&q…