Malcolm Turnbull Keeps Getting History Wrong. Here is Why

On 25 August 2017, Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull uploaded a 526-word post to Facebook, condemning two minor acts of vandalism. It begins: The vandalism of the statues of James Cook and Lachlan Macquarie is a cowardly criminal act and I hope the police swiftly find those responsible and bring them to justice. But it … Continue reading Malcolm Turnbull Keeps Getting History Wrong. Here is Why

Tax sugar, they say, but no price on carbon emissions

The story this week is climate change. Not that we can forget the catholic church is responsible for crimes against humanity; or our collective responsibility for destroying lives on Manus Island and Nauru; or the dangers of our government and its new best friends One Nation building up racism and other forms of bigotry, off … Continue reading Tax sugar, they say, but no price on carbon emissions

MYEFO mutterings: casual workers have heard it all before

This week I had the very familiar experience of listening to a neoliberal ideologue treat his audience as economic dunces. It is symptomatic of neoliberalism that its public faces are well-remunerated to take economic claims at face value. Their task is to reproduce these messages to an audience of staff or readers or students or … Continue reading MYEFO mutterings: casual workers have heard it all before

The gold plated ABCC bill, or who is counting the damn cost?

As duly noted by headline after headline, interpersonal relationships in the Pauline Hanson One Nation (PHON) party are dysfunctional. Yeah, we know. If the focus must be on internal party dysfunction, maybe take a look at the governing Coalition: conservative homophobes Cory Bernardi and George Christensen; dangerous and confused racist Peter Dutton and opportunistic wingman … Continue reading The gold plated ABCC bill, or who is counting the damn cost?

First principles of property law: the right to exclude

If you have not seen the footage of Murandoo Yanner banishing Pauline Hanson from the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, it is well worth the 26 seconds. The weekend this clip was posted, I was preparing my first ever property law seminar, Basic Concepts in Property Law. Serendipitously, the High Court case of Yanner v Eaton [1999] … Continue reading First principles of property law: the right to exclude

The curious classification of the Kerr-Queen correspondence and other stories

Last Friday morning 14 October 2016, like Australian law and politics nerds everywhere, I was glued to my computer screen as Solicitor General Justin Gleeson SC took a seat before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. An Honours thesis sat neglected as I glanced from monitor to smartphone, tweeting the key answers and watching aghast as Senator … Continue reading The curious classification of the Kerr-Queen correspondence and other stories