The question of the day – to continue the hundreds of years old tradition of the Seal of the Confession in the Catholic Church? What next when this matter is settled to the satisfaction of some anti-everything-religious members of Parliament? The sacred trust between lawyer and client? the confidentiality between doctors and patients? or God forbid! – the right to keep confidential the matter between journalists and sources. It will be interesting to see what eventuates in these matters – we have seen in the past the right of journalists to keep confidential their sources and no doubt we will “progress” in the other matters.
Poor WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning – released from gaol after seven years (SMH 18 May) for doing much the same thing – disclosure of intelligence matter – as the President of the USA. But Donald will tough it out and build up his ego without doing time in any form.
George Williams (Dean of Law, UNSW) – with no Bill of rights, Australia is ill-prepared for a down-under version of Trump – SMH 13 Feb. Don’t tell us the problem George – Tell us the answer – how do we get a Bill of Rights.
19th January 2017, the 40th anniversary of the dreadful train crash at Granville and descendants are calling for apologies. Am I cynical because the thought crossed my mind “the lawyers can’t be far behind with class action claims”.
And that reminds me that as a descendant of convicts, Irish Catholic into the bargain, surely I could have grounds for a class action to get into the public purse. Surely I can make a case for the trauma I suffered as an Irish Catholic descendant of convicts …Surely. And the discrimination I experienced over the years because of this self same situation.
A “good” lawyer should be able to make a case for me and other descendants of Irish Catholic Convicts to claim against our Government or the British Government – why leave the money grabbing to politicians.
See how ridiculous it has become when everybody can make a case for discrimination, trauma, persecution, etc. etc.
Mafia has nothing on the political class in this country and the rorting seems to go up and up into the very heights of the Parties. E.g. Unlawful donations: The Canberra-based organisation, the Free Enterprise Foundation – rings a bell. Wasn’t that the organisation associated with Joe Hockey, now lording it in Washington and escaping the mess he left behind.
How did he escape – or was the Ambassador-ship payment for his keeping quiet.
I know… their rorting is within the rules, the guidelines, but what about Ethics and morality.
Listening/watching the “conversation” on ABC 11 Jan, discussing a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) in the Constitution I noticed that this conversation seems to have expanded to include a Treaty and this really interests me.
My question : If the Australian Government, representing Australian voters, signs a Treaty with a group such as ATSI does this mean that ATSI are NOT Australians because in my naivety I have always thought that treaties were co-signed with other nations, not Australia. Would we have a nation within a nation? Who would be responsible for everything in this other nation, e.g. which law would appertain?
And does this mean that the co-signatories, ATSI, will assume responsibility for their own actions and for their decisions.
I think there has to be much more clarification of the whole proposed referendum/treaty question before it can go to the people…and certainly I will need to know more before I can say “Yes”.
Will those building construction firms found to be offering, negotiating or arranging bribes, during the course of the Union Royal Commission, be charged and if not, why not?