Category Archives: Tough on Crime, tough on criminals

Is every protester an extremist?

Tony Abbott is in the paper this morning being soft on crime and tough on protesters. The former prime minister also said that “kid-glove policing” was no excuse for the rally. Victoria Police has been widely criticised for more than … Continue reading

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Nanny state incoherence

There is something of a debate going on about “Pill Testing“. Recreational drugs can be covertly cut with poisonous or “filler” substances. Uncertainty about strength and purity can lead to accidental overdoses. Pill testing exposes what a tablet really contains … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Innovation, Oppressive government, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 95 Comments

A bit of a scandal breaking in Victoria

More than 600 notifications are being sent to criminals who were represented by or had dealings with a high-profile gangland lawyer to tell them their cases could be tainted, after she worked as a supergrass informing on her clients in … Continue reading

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Victorian government defies Victoria Police

The Herald Sun again: LABOR MPs who used taxpayers’ money to part-pay for election campaign staff are refusing to co-operate with the police investigation into the rort. … But a Labor figure last night confirmed that MPs and former members … Continue reading

Posted in State Politics, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 56 Comments

What does Dreyfus mean by “corruption”?

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has an op-ed in the AFR talking about a proposed federal anti-corruption body.  I think reasonable people can disagree as the need for such a body – my second biggest concern is that I suspect there … Continue reading

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From the Victorian Ombudsman’s Report

Clause 9 of the Members’ Guide prohibits the use of Electorate Officers for the Member’s ‘political or party duties’ 45. Nineteen ALP Members of the 57th Parliament breached this provision by employing 18 Field Organisers as casual Electorate Officers, whose … Continue reading

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We need more judges like this

I’m sure many Cats recall a series of horrific rape crimes committed in Sydney in the early noughties. The judge who presided in the subsequent trial has written his memoirs and it got extracted in the AFR.  Some highlights: Sexual … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Bachar Houli

I’m a big fan of Bachar Houli. He started his career at the Bombers before he left for Richmond. So I’m probably a bit biased. Anyway … Looking at the vision it looks to me like any one of a … Continue reading

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What a great story

From the Herald Sun: The Mordialloc-Chelsea Leader reported, beside tales of stolen purses and the like, that three men with iron bars “attempted to hijack” a late-model Commodore in a Bonbeach reserve on Sunday evening, June 4. “One man opened … Continue reading

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… the naval and military defence of the Commonwealth and of the several States …

Section 51 of the  Commonwealth Constitution sets out the powers of the Commonwealth. Those powers include: the naval and military defence of the Commonwealth and of the several States, and the control of the forces to execute and maintain the … Continue reading

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