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Burnside Challenges Abbott’s Claim Of Moral Courage

This is the text of a letter to The Australian by Melbourne barrister Julian Burnside.

Burnside was responding to a recent speech by Tony Abbott in which he presented a moral case for the Howard government.

Letter to The Australian by Julian Burnside.

Tony Abbott has contributed a skilful piece of reasoning to rehabilitate the moral virtues of his Government (Opinion, 23/1). [Read more…]

Democracy And The Law Threatened By Howard Government: Burnside

In an interview published in The Bulletin magazine today, Julian Burnside QC argues that democracy and the separation of powers is under threat in Australia because of the Howard Government’s attitude to refugees.

Burnside is quoted as saying: “The government has attacked the High Court and the Federal Court. It has politicised the public service, the office of governor-general and the armed forces. What’s left? These are meant to be apolitical arms of government where each functions independently of the others. The current regime does not seem to recognise this”. [Read more…]