Author Archives: outbacklawyer

Ask a lawyer… but which one?

Since I’m on holidays (again) the time gives me a chance to reflect and think about some of the broader things involved in being a lawyer. Often I report and explain the work which has happened during the past day … Continue reading

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Reasons to weep: number one

(An unsuccessful application for bail)   When the two year old girl looks at her mother and says, ‘Daddy not come home for Christmas?’ Because dad will stay in gaol. For the vision splendid- The outback lawyer.

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Not so legal advice

Occasionally I have cause to say to a client something like, This is not legal advice, but… Now I’m pretty sure that when we were at university such behaviour was warned against. We were not accountants. We were not taxation … Continue reading

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Refugee policy, and police as lawmakers

First Thought I haven’t made it all the way through Julian Burnside’s book Watching Brief yet, but in light of the recent boat tragedy at Christmas Island, I think that there must be changes to Australia’s policy on refugees arriving … Continue reading

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Outback at the beach; defend the accused, & Julian Burnside QC

Sand, river, ocean, beach- ah it’s great to be back! I have a week off, starting today, in a very small cabin in a very small town near where I grew up. Hopefully it will give us some time to … Continue reading

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Working together

For those of you ( and you are many) who have been pleading, badgering, reminding and asking me to continue posting- here is a post. Today was a big one. We spent the whole morning working on one matter in … Continue reading

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Outbacklawyer returns

After a few weeks away, my journal has begun flowing again. For those of you who never read the original stories, the first post is here in full, followed by the story of why the site has been out of … Continue reading

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