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Monthly Archives: September 2011

‘This is a sad day for adequate research’

In the thread to Legal Eagle’s excellent casenote on Bromberg J’s ruling in the Andrew Bolt matter, I promised that I would point out why I think the plaintiffs (or, at least those with the strongest cases, and particularly Anita Heiss) should have brought their claims in defamation, not under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 […]

A more detailed analysis of the Bolt case

Background to the case The background to the case is that journalist Andrew Bolt wrote a series of newspaper articles and blog posts which were critical of the plaintiffs, who were all individuals who identified as Aboriginal, but who had pale skin and did not look like stereotypical Aboriginal people. He was critical of the […]

Andrew Bolt found to have contravened Racial Discrimination Act

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States Bromberg J handed down judgment in favour of the plaintiffs in Eatock v Bolt [2011] FCA 1103 this morning. You may recall that I wrote a post while the case was being heard. Bromberg […]

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011

  Animal Portraits winner: Mystical Deer by Mark Smith. Fallow deer (Dama dama) in Richmond, Surrey, England. Gallery to view at The Telegraph.

Academia, self-promotion and Orlando Figes

Apologies that I haven’t been around lately. I have mostly recovered from my chest ailments (residual cough only), but my book manuscript is due to be sent to the publishers at the end of this week, so I have been frantically reading and re-reading the manuscript. Via Kerryn Goldsworthy, I became aware of this great […]

BungaBusta!

Italy has had the rating of its creditworthiness cut, the latest move in the European debt crisis. Standard and Poor’s cut its rating by one level to A from A+, and said the outlook remained negative. The agency said weak growth may limit Rome’s ability to cut state spending and bring its finances in order. […]

Pre-emptive Revenge

Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev, who owns two UK newspapers, has punched a fellow guest off his seat during a televised economic debate in Moscow. Mr Lebedev, owner of the Independent and Evening Standard, hit former real estate businessmen Sergei Polonsky with two right hooks, sending him off the back of the platform. Mr Lebedev […]

Hatches, matches and despatches

Once I am sure there’s nothing going on I step inside, letting the door thud shut. Another church: matting, seats, and stone, And little books; sprawlings of flowers, cut For Sunday, brownish now; some brass and stuff Up at the holy end; the small neat organ; And a tense, musty, unignorable silence, Brewed God knows […]

IRA vs HRM

Martin McGuinness has said he will be prepared to meet all heads of state “without exception”, if he is elected President of Ireland. Sinn Fein announced on Friday that it would be supporting Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister for the role. Returning from a trip to the US on Saturday, Mr McGuinness said he hoped […]

Paging Mr Mander: Mr ‘Gerry’ Mander

As many as 10 million voters, predominantly poor, young or black, and more liable to vote Labour, could fall off the electoral register under government plans, the Electoral Commission, electoral administrators and psephologists warned . The changes will pave the way for a further review of constituency boundaries that will reduce the number of safe […]