Monthly Archives: September 2006

Joe Cinque’s Consolation

I have just read Joe Cinque’s Consolation by Helen Garner. It is a very interesting insight into a criminal trial, and how a layperson perceives the process of a trial. The book focuses on the impact of the trial on the victim’s parents, with whom the author gradually builds a friendship. Garner gets drawn into […]

More on Powerpoint

It seems I’m not the only one with an axe to grind about Powerpoint presentations. A reader of The Legal Soapbox sent me a link to the following website, where Edward Tufte has undertaken a cognitive study of Powerpoint presentations and their flaws. I had a look at Mr Tufte’s sample essay, Powerpoint does Rocket […]

The Crossed Leg Strike – the solution to world peace?

Given the serious nature of many of my posts lately, I thought I’d put a post here which is, well, tongue in cheek. Thank you to a loyal Legal Soapbox reader for sending me in the following article about wives and girlfriends of Colombian gang members refusing to…er hm…indulge in conjugal activity until violence between […]

It’s not just lawyers

I was horrified to read the following story in The Age today in regard to conditions for young doctors. I wonder if there’s a medical equivalent of Legal Eagle or Shop Steward sitting typing an outraged blog about the terrible conditions of trainee doctors? (that is, if they are not too darn exhausted after working […]

The Stolen Generations Debate

I have been following the Stolen Generations Debate between Robert Manne and Andrew Bolt at a distance. Apparently, the two had a debate at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival on this issue. Manne seems to be arguing that there were racist policies behind the removal of “half-caste” children from their families, and that children were removed […]

Freedom of Information ain’t so free

On Wednesday, the High Court handed down a decision which will be pivotal in establishing the ambit of FOI claims. In McKinnon v Secretary, Department of Treasury [2006] HCA 45, a majority of the High Court found that requests for information could be resisted on the basis that the minister responsible for that portfolio had […]

More on lawyers and depression

For some reason, although I’ve been flat out with work and a cranky teething bubba, this week has been a bumper week for blogging – perhaps the busier I am, the more my mind fizzes with blogging topics? Or perhaps it’s just procrastination so I can hide from the real work I have to do […]

More on the Middle East and Anti-Semitism

I refer to my earlier posts on the Middle East and Anti-Semitism. Simplistic portrayals of Middle Eastern issues are divisive and unhelpful. It seems that there are big problems on university campuses with some “left-wing” groups who take a simple line that Israel (and therefore Jewish people) are evil. I was very pleased to read […]

Monopolies on training

I read with interest that the ACCC was moving to strip the Australasian College of Surgeons of their control of surgical training. In conversation with a doctor friend, I discovered that the cost of surgical training is exorbitant for young doctors, and one has to complete a preliminary training course before one can specialise. It […]

Lawyers and Depression

In the July 2006 edition of the LIJ, there was an article at page 82 entitled “Be happy”, which deals with why so many lawyers are unhappy. The author, Simone Jacobson, cites a book called Lawyer Know Thyself by Susan Daicoff which identifies three problems facing lawyers: Rambo-style litigation and unethical behaviour; Low public opinion […]