The Plot Thickens

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D.P.P. “Lost the Plot” Say Police When a relatively senior police officer accuses the DPP of having “lost the plot”, you have to wonder exactly what "plot" he is talking about. For the age-old prosecutorial system of the police investigating and charging while the prosecutors prosecute, seems to have slipped the mind of this detective. He must surely ...

Wanna-Be Nazis

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It is said that freedom of speech doesn’t protect speech you like; it protects speech you don’t like. The freedom includes the freedom to hold opinions and ideas without interference by public authority. Without free speech, no other rights can prosper: if it is silenced, one cannot claim, assert or defend any other right. However that doesn’t ...

When You’re In A Hole – Stop Digging

It seems like only yesterday that we were subjected to one of the most ignominious days in the history of our State Parliament. When led by SA-BEST, our politicians, to the utter disbelief and dismay of the SA public, decided that they would no longer be answerable to the ICAC for mismanagement or maladministration. Asking ...

It’s Just Not Cricket

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Fun and Games in State Parliament Some of you might know that Australia recently competed in and won, the World T20 cricket championship. They fielded a team who could play by the rules and, of course, obey the umpire’s decisions. Not so with team SA Liberals. They not only refuse to walk when given out by the ...

REAL CHANGE SA

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A huge thank you to all who recently answered the call to get behind Real Change SA. We easily passed the number of signatures required by the Electoral Commission to register our party and we are now waiting their approval. The form that was provided unfortunately did not have provision for you to include your email ...

ICAC: A Crime By Any Other Name

ICAC Changes: Why the Greens Are Wrong The Greens have published their rationale for voting in favour of changes to the ICAC. In a glossy, colourful release complete with photographs of no less than 27 carefree, happy, smiling faces we are told that all is well and that despite the changes, the ICAC is as strong as ...

THE ACQUITTAL RATE FOR RAPE – A NATIONAL DISGRACE

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ESCAPING JUSTICE So we’ve had the Respect@Work: Sexual Harrassment National Inquiry Report (2020) and for over a year, Attorney General Porter has done absolutely nothing to implement any of the recommendations. We’ve had thousands of women (and a few men) march in our streets in anger, frustration and desperation in the earnest hope that those same streets ...

So What Have We Learnt?

So what have we learned? Has justice been served or, in other words was the trial fair? Fairness and legal procedure are not always coterminous. The loudest voices concern themselves exclusively with fairness for an accused – perhaps properly so. But does anyone ask is it fair for the victim? While an accused can sit comfortably behind his well ...

Why Didn’t Someone Wake Me?

Wake up calls are sometimes subtle and sometimes obvious. A continent on fire, people dying, homes lost, wildlife decimated. To me, this comes into the obvious category. We have seen that a leadership vacuum cannot be filled by a part time pastor and that in these times sterner stuff is needed for our nation to see ...

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