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Those in the arts community would have had mixed feelings about Tuesday night’s budget. Disappointed that there were absolutely zero new initiatives, but also perhaps relieved there was no new pain.Read more
The Human Rights Commission has just been through one of its most testing periods since it was established in its current form in 1986.Read more
Royal Commissions are one of the most powerful instruments of executive government, with great resources at their disposal and significant coercive powers to inquire and to interrogate individuals.Read more
Attorney-General George Brandis has now been in office for more than two years. In that time, he has appointed some 17 judges to the federal courts he is tasked with overseeing and maintaining.Read more
According to leaked accounts of a May Cabinet meeting the attorney general, George Brandis, declared grandly to his colleagues: “I am the attorney general. It is my job to stand for the rule of law.”Read more
This piece was published in Guardian Australia on Tuesday 17 February 2015.
Good government, Tony Abbott told us, started last Monday. It was a short-lived experiment. By Thursday, we were subjected to the undignified spectacle of the prime minister and his senior colleagues throwing punches over the release by the Human Rights Commission of a report on children in immigration detention.Read more
This piece was published in Guardian Australia on Monday 12 May 2014.
Not many federal attorney generals make a mark on the public consciousness. This is particularly the case in conservative governments, with attorney generals traditionally taking conformist and largely passive approach to their role, often doing little in the way of law reform or advocacy. As such, they usually remain largely unknown to most Australians outside of legal circles.Read more