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It is a Stepping Stone – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on It is a Stepping Stone – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Quotes, The Law

“But I don’t want to be a lawyer.” “Well, who does? I mean what man of spirit? The law kills the lively mind. It stifles originality. But it is a stepping-stone …”

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Tags:Lawyers··The Law

America is a Nation of Lawyers – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on America is a Nation of Lawyers – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Quotes, The Law

It is a good thing, you know. They say England is a nation of shopkeepers. Well, (America) is a nation of lawyers. For the lawyer, anything is possible. For the rest of us impossible.

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Defamation and Enhanced Reputation – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Defamation and Enhanced Reputation – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australian Labor Party, Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, The Law, The Media

The National Times published an interview with an American director of Morgan Stanley, Dudley Scholes, who referred to Cairns’ ‘girlfriend, Morosi’. Cairns claimed the remark gave rise to a defamatory imputation that he was ‘improperly involved with his assistant, Junie Morosi, in a romantic or sexual association contrary to the obligations of his marriage and […]

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Tags:ALP·Defamation·Freedom of Speech·Labor·Litigation·

Parliamentary Privilege and Jailing Journalists – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Parliamentary Privilege and Jailing Journalists – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Democracy, Ethics, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Power, The Law, The Media

One of the more sensational events involving parliamentary privilege occurred after I arrived in the gallery in 1951. The Treasurer, Arthur Fadden, was to deliver his budget speech in August of that year. On budget day, the lock-up for the gallery began in the afternoon. At the dinner adjournment of the house, Fadden briefed the […]

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Tags:Alcohol·Insider Trading·journalism·newspapers·Parliamentary Privilege·Politicians··The Media

London Bridge in Shakespearean London – “Shakespeare” – Bill Bryson

May 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on London Bridge in Shakespearean London – “Shakespeare” – Bill Bryson · Crime, History, Human Rights, The Law

By long tradition, at the Southwark end of (London) bridge the heads of serious criminals, especially traitors, were displayed on poles, each serving as a kind of odd and grisly bird-feeder. (The rest of the bodies were hung aabove the entrance gates to the city, or distributed to other cities across the realm.) There were […]

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Tags:·The United Kingdom·Warnings

Parliament’s Power to Jail Journalists – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Parliament’s Power to Jail Journalists – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Democracy, Journalism, Newspapers, The Law, The Media

The Prime Minister told his advisers that he would bring Templeman before the House as Menzies had once brought two journalists before it and put them in Goulburn Gaol. ‘You can’t do that,’ we chorused predictably. ‘My oath I can,’ he said and produced the handbook. ‘This is the ultimate court,’ he said. ‘Menzies did […]

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Tags:·journalism·journalists·The Media

On Policy – “Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz

February 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on On Policy – “Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz · Economics, Environmental Policy, Policy, The Law

“The Great Barrier Reef is really big. The people who say it’s being ruined don’t know how big it is.” “We won’t be able to sit on uranium. Firstly because it would not be right and secondly because it would be wrong.” “I oppose tobacco tax on principle. It is a new tax and Queensland […]

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Tags:constitution·Environment Policy·Federation·Joh Bjelke-Petersen·Tobacco Tax·Uranium

On Queensland – “Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz

February 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on On Queensland – “Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz · Politics, Quotes, The Law

“We are a federation and I support a federation but we would operate much more effectively and efficiently and really surge ahead if we were on our own.” “We will work with [Bob Hawke] provided he is working in Queensland’s interests. If he attempts to interfere in any shape or form, then it’s on his […]

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Tags:constitution·Joh Bjelke-Petersen····The Law

Liberty – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Liberty – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy · Human Rights, Quotes, The Law

Our liberty can grow only when the liberties of all our fellow men are secure; and he who would enslave others ends only by chaining himself, for chains have two ends, and he who holds the chain is as securely bound as he whom it holds.

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Tags:Freedom··Justice·Law·Liberty

The Law and Freedom – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Law and Freedom – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy · Human Rights, The Law

President Kennedy then went on to point out that “Law is the strongest link between man and freedom”. I wonder in how many countries of the world people think of law as the “link between man and freedom.” We know that in many, law is the instrument of tyranny, and people think of law as […]

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Tags:Freedom··Judicial Activism·Justice·The Law