Injustice within Justice

Injustice within Justice

I have borrowed the title from Michael Stolleis’ oxymoronically titled book Justice within Injustice which is about, oxymoronically, justice in the Third Reich. After having read Stolleis’ essays, in which he argues that the loss of personal freedoms under the Third Reich was more an erosion of freedoms that a revolutionary break with the past, I was struck by the parallels between what Stolleis argues happened under the Third Reich ...

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AFP corruption and their per diem

AFP corruption and their per diem

In the 1960s Donald Horne observed, “Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck.” This observation was followed in the 1990s by Paul Keating when he made his famous Placido Domingo speech at the Press Club, in which he noted that Australia has never had a great leader of the stature of an Abraham Lincoln, a Franklin Roosevelt or a Winston Churchill. While I loathe ...

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Palmer CJ and Bond liaised on Moti’s removal

Palmer CJ and Bond liaised on Moti’s removal

Dear Editor, Palmer CJ and Bond liaised on Moti’s removal I refer to the letter written by his Honour Chief Justice Sir Albert R Palmer CBE in response to an article written by me and published in your newspaper on Friday 15 July, 2011 under the headline “The name is Funk, Skunky Funk”. In his response to my article his Honour commented that: “The only encounter I recall with Peter ...

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Moti appeal exposes mixed loyalties and judicial corruption

Moti appeal exposes mixed loyalties and judicial corruption

Note: The following article appeared in today’s edition of the Fiji Sun and Solomon Star It was written by me in my capacity as a human rights philosopher, researcher, activist and student from the perspective of one who has suffered and continues to suffer the indignity of racial discrimination in his own country. As in the Solomon Islands, my research points to the politicization of the Australian Federal Police by ...

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The name is Funk, Skunky Funk

The name is Funk, Skunky Funk

What many people may not know is that Australia has its very own ‘007’, Federal Agent Peter Bond. Like all good ‘007s’ Federal Agent Bond needs an alias. After reading excerpts from his diary, which came into my possession in the form of subpoenaed material that had been placed into evidence in a matter that was recently heard in the Queensland Court of Appeal, I decided that the most appropriate ...

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The curse of mineral wealth

The curse of mineral wealth

The heading of this post is not at attempt at an inscrutable Oscar Wilde type conundrum, it is a statement of fact for indigenous people unfortunate enough to inhabit land endowed with natural wealth. Indigenous natural wealth brings with it the curse of the attention of the ‘western juggernaut of greed’ which exploits and destroys indigenous cultures in the name of corporate profit and white man’s insatiable greed for other ...

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The strange case of Bill Johnson, a study in neo-colonial hypocrisy

The strange case of Bill Johnson, a study in neo-colonial hypocrisy

Australian Vietnam Veteran, Bill Johnson, appeared in a Solomon Islands court on Tuesday 30th January, 2007 charged with conspiracy to murder. His alleged victim was to be none other than Manasseh Sogavare, the then Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands who at the time was involved in a diplomatic rift with Australia. On Wednesday 31st January, 2007, The Australian published an extract from the police charge sheet that alleged Johnson, 60, ...

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Sex, guns, drugs and terrorism

Sex, guns, drugs and terrorism

What a combination, but what do they have to do with Blak and Black? To steal a line from Gore Vidal’s Caligula, “everything and nothing”. Nothing, because Blak and Black is a site dedicated to raising awareness about political corruption in Australia and how this impacts on the legal rights of the indigenous peoples of Australia and the Pacific. Everything, because Australia’s child sex-tourism laws are being abused by the ...

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