Democracy Enhanced, Not Diminished

Contrary to what some might have us believe, 1 January 2007 will not, in retrospect, be identified as the date when the corrosion of Victoria’s parliamentary democracy began in earnest with the commencement of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.  Rather, if we fully exploit the opportunities afforded by the Charter, the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission would argue that we are actually embarking on a path of change that will fundamentally enhance not just our system of government, but our community in general.

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Killing the Mockingbird Mr Ruddock Attacks Pro Bono Lawyers

Killing the Mockingbird Mr Ruddock Attacks Pro Bono Lawyers

The Federal Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock MP, held up the example of Atticus Finch in a recent article in the Australian in which he attacked pro bono lawyers, saying that, ‘an increasing shade of moral vanity colours pro bono work’. In particular, Mr Ruddock attacked lawyers for attempting to effect ‘broader social and political change’.

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