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Monthly Archives: June 2006

The Left and the Islamists

I read Michael Gawenda’s opinion in The Age on 26 June 2006 with great interest. Essentially, it says that the liberal Left in America has lost its way, hating George Bush and all he stands for to the extent that it ends up siding with Islamist terrorists. Some of the left make excuses for the […]

Paternalism is not the answer

I was concerned by Tony Abbott’s call for a “new paternalism” in Aboriginal affairs. Mr Abbott probably thinks that he is doing the right thing. However, paternalism is not the answer. Paternalism suggests a parent-child relationship: the parent comes along and tells the child what to do. That is a very patronising way of looking […]

World Cup

Well done Socceroos!

Bullying, discrimination and sexual harrassment in law firms

You may recall my post suggesting a register of firms who should not be allowed to take on Articled Clerks because of the way in which they have treated clerks in the past. However, I was thinking that this was an area of wider concern for the legal profession, not just Articled Clerks. There is […]

More on Litigants in Person

Thank you to the reader who tipped me off to the article in yesterday’s AFR in relation to unrepresented litigants. It seems that my previous post on litigants in person was topical. The Victorian Supreme Court is apparently going to set up an unrepresented litigants coordinator to help deal with the expectations and questions from […]

Do Not Call Register

Some of you may recall my post on privacy legislation. I was doing a little hunting around, thinking, Surely I’m not the only one who is really irritated with these people calling me from call centres trying to get me to change phone providers? Turns out that I’m not the only one by any means. […]

Litigants in person

As a lawyer who has worked in and around the Courts for most of my career, I have seen a number of litigants in person. For the non-lawyers out there, a litigant in person is a person who is representing himself or herself in a legal case. I have found many litigants in person very […]

Litigants in person

As a lawyer who has worked in and around the Courts for most of my career, I have seen a number of litigants in person. For the non-lawyers out there, a litigant in person is a person who is representing himself or herself in a legal case. I have found many litigants in person very […]

Ethics in Articles

An article entitled “Ethics in Articles” by Adrian Evans has appeared in the most recent edition of the Law Institute Journal (June 2006, p 77). It is a perceptive call for an ethical review of the articles system. It seems ridiculous that firms can treat their articled clerks in ways which would certainly not be […]

Same sex marriage

Unfortunately, it seems my optimism about equal rights for same sex couples was a little premature. I note that John Howard has quashed the ACT’s proposed civil union laws, and the Australian Christian Lobby has said that this was right. I have no problem with religious groups setting their own rules about who can and […]