Monthly Archives: July 2010

A modest asylum seeker proposal

A few thoughts Australia’s ruler Amanda Lampe might turn over in her mind in the next few days, about boat people. It is wise, as the Prime Minister says, not to drown them. It is wise not to put their children behind razor wire where media cameras or demonstrators with cell-phones might snap them and publish immortal images of their anxiety worldwide. It is wise not to take away their toys, or define as their ‘education’ a Read More »

Principles, Pragmatism and Politics

Given that this is the Michael Kirby Oration, allow me a couple of minutes to talk about Michael Kirby. Many years ago, Kirby telephoned me at home at about 8.00 on a Sunday morning. I was awake, but my day had not started. His opening words surprised me: “I rang you in chambers, but you were not there.” His tone of gentle reproach suggested that I needed to improve my work habits. At the time, I was an ambitious young ... Read More »

‘Sadistic’ Catholic priest jailed for abusing boys in Australia

An Australian Catholic priest has been jailed for almost 20 years for “sadistic” sex attacks on young boys that spanned more than 18 years. John Sidney Denham, 67, was sentenced to 19 years and 10 months after pleading guilty to a range of charges, including multiple counts of indecent assault against boys aged five to 16. Denham was found guilty of abusing 39 boys at schools in Sydney and elsewhere in New South Wales between 1968 and 1986. Read More »