The model litigant: A comment by Jen Trees

The model litigant: A comment by Jen Trees

The Commonwealth and each of the States and Territories of Australia have an obligation to act as a model litigant in claims and litigation. This obligation is enshrined in legislation and form part of the ‘rule of law’, which governs the conduct of every Australian and visitor to our shores. In essence, a model litigant is required to act honestly and fairly in handling claims and litigation. Honestly and fairly ...

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Corruption comes at a cost

Corruption comes at a cost

On 5th January in an article titled: Closer checks urged after bridge collapse the Canberra Times ACT Assembly reporter Noel Towell reported that: The ACT Government has been told to keep a closer watch over builders working on government projects in the wake of last year’s bridge collapse in Canberra’s north. An official report into the oversight of the job, a bridge span of the Gungahlin Drive Extension over the ...

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Racism and Corporate Australia

Racism and Corporate Australia

Over the next few weeks I will be putting up posts written by those who have assisted me in collecting statements or who have introduced me to the victims of the human rights violations I have briefly outlined in the statistics included under the tab Racism in Australia – the facts. Prior to handing over the reins to others, I thought that I would take a detailed look at a ...

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The ALP and AFP corruption

The ALP and AFP corruption

In a modern democracy the state controls the apparatus of power for the benefit of the people, or so the theory goes. The apparatus of power includes the police, the judiciary and the bureaucracy. Each arm of this machine or apparatus is answerable to parliament, the elected representatives of the people. Likewise, each arm is independent, or at least was meant to be independent of direct political influence. The concept ...

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Wilcannia Central School & ICAC

Wilcannia Central School & ICAC

Today’s on-line edition of the Sydney Morning Herald includes an article titled No fish too small, says Greiner in defence of ICAC, in which the former Premier of NSW Mr. Nick Greiner argues that the role of ICAC is to investigate all corruption, not just the big issues. Mr. Greiner is quoted in the SMH article as saying of the role of ICAC that: ”I think it’s a bit easy to ...

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The educational haves vs. Wilcannia Central School.

The educational haves vs. Wilcannia Central School.

Desmond Webster, an Aboriginal student from Wilcannia Central School in NSW’s far west, was suspended in July for leaving school at lunch-time to buy food for younger children who had not eaten all day because the school closed the canteen without notice. On 6th December The Sun-Herald reported that twice this year, as many as 20 students were suspended at Wilcannia on a single day. Clearly Wilcannia Central School falls ...

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The AFP doesn’t know what corruption is!

The AFP doesn’t know what corruption is!

THE Australian Federal Police don’t quite know what corruption is and want a better definition included in relevant laws. “I don’t think there is any universally declared understanding of corruption,” acting chief operating officer of the AFP Paul Jevtovic told a parliamentary inquiry hearing on Friday. While some things were “quite clear”, other conduct referred to professional standards fell into “a grey area”. A better definition would help police anti-corruption ...

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The Human Rights Revolution

The Human Rights Revolution

“No one shall be subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.” This statement of Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is part of what Michael Ignatieff aptly calls “the judicial revolution” in human rights since 1945. Other critical international documents of the revolution include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention of 1948, the revision of the Geneva Convention of 1949 ...

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Angelique, Pat and the ‘rule of law’

Angelique, Pat and the ‘rule of law’

In my post titled Angelique, I noted that she was not the only Aboriginal person to have been discriminated against and forced out of the Australian Capital Territory Revenue Office (ACTRO). I have just received permission to discuss the matter of a former Commissioner of ACT Revenue, a Wiradjuri, member of the Stolen Generations and cousin of Ms. Isabel Coe, whose husband Mr. Billy Craigie was one of the founding ...

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Racists, Torturers and Common Criminals...The Australian Federal Police

Racists, Torturers and Common Criminals…The Australian Federal Police

As I have expressed in my ‘About’ page, a major consideration for me in becoming a cyber-pamphleteer was to protest about the racist and subsequent violent treatment I have been subjected to by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) over the last seven years. It is not only me; over two hundred other Indigenous Australians have provided me with statements alleging racial vilification and physical assaults by the AFP. When I ...

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NT Intervention - one community's suffering

NT Intervention – one community’s suffering

An example of Indigenous people who are NOT scamming the system, but are still being exploited (it’s basically work for the dole). These guys were better off on CDEP. ...

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The times they are a-changin' ... or are they?

The times they are a-changin’ … or are they?

I’m going to start this post by quoting from an inspiring speech delivered by an Aboriginal woman, Christine Fejo-King, at the launch of the book “This is What We said” in Canberra this year: “For so long Aboriginal Australians lived under the policy of ‘protectors’, it almost seems that we have gone full circle and have arrived back at that point. A state of affairs spoken of by a number ...

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The subtleties of genocide

The subtleties of genocide

Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Joseph Stalin were at best clumsy amateurs when it came to genocide. If a political group wants to rid itself of a troublesome ethnic minority, the most efficient method is to alienate the target group and then destroy the self-respect and motivation of the group’s members. They will do the rest for you. No guns or chemical weapons are required. Initial, subtle victimization and alienation ...

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