Imagining an Independent Inquiry into Federal Attorney General Christian Porter
Porter denies a rape allegation but does this really settle the question of his fitness for the office of Australia's first law officer?
Porter denies a rape allegation but does this really settle the question of his fitness for the office of Australia's first law officer?
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Stokes gives Star casino go ahead while Packer investigation begins
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet's policy advisor was on icare's payroll for 2 years. What does Edward Yao have to offer, and why did icare pay for it?
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This story is about WestConnex builders CPB Contractors who last week pleaded guilty to offences that caused serious harm to Inner West Sydney residents.
Finally, after 119 years, NSW is on the cusp of abortion reform - no more delay and no more amendments, say health and legal organisations
It's taken more than a century of brave action by women to decriminalise abortion in NSW
Journalism is not a crime - why I support Julian Assange
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Why wouldn't NSW Labor even cost what it would take to cancel Stage 3 of WestCONnex? Does part of the answer lie in Transurban donations?
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WestConnex Strathfield monitor was the only Sydney monitor to breach both PM 10 and PM 2.5 national limits in 2018.
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WestConnex contractors handling of complaints about a dust storm near Haberfield School on April 9, raises questions about the governance of WestConnex.
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A WestConnex St Peters public school monitor recorded the highest average levels of PM 10 of any monitoring site in Sydney in the first 3 months of 2018
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WestConnex blames NO2 spike on faulty monitors and denies there is a problem with PM 2.5 levels at Haberfield School
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Parents need answers from the NSW Gladys Berejiklian government about why pollution levels at Haberfield Public School have been so high this year.
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“We have never before observed such high values for negative air pollution concentrations as we see in the Westconnex data” – Dr James Whelan, EJA
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The Crown Land Alliance is calling on NSW MPs to defer the passing of the Crown Land Bill until 2017
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On January 7, I laid a complaint against the NSW Department of Planning & Environment for its inequitable & sloppy handling of submissions to the M4East
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SMH's published but later removed a story about charity fundraising focussing on the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. I explain why I have republished the story.
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Roseanne Beckett spent 10 years in prison for crimes she didn't commit. Finally, this week she won her battle for compensation.
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A brief introduction to the Westconnex EIS process
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Based on my own experiences, I'm not surprised that the NSW public is losing trust in the Baird government's commitment to transparency and open access.
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A coalition of community groups campaigning to protect public land called for a full parliamentary inquiry into the management of Crown land last night.
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A review of Crown Land dealings with the Paddington Bowling Club has found evidence that an ex-senior Crown Lands officer may have acted "corruptly"
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With its old management facing criminal charges and its business model broken due to tight alcohol restrictions, Paddington Bowls has closed its doors.
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Bruce Begnell knew he owned his home in Welfare Street but couldn't prove it until some old records were unearthed from the NSW State Archives.
On May 22, several hundred people including many Rohingya refugees rallied in Sydney, calling on the Australia to assist asylum seekers fleeing Myanmar.
Greens organise crypto party in Sydney as part of campaign against data retention laws.
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Problems have continued to emerge since NSW handed a number of refuges over to faith-based organisations.
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The shake-up last year of women's refuges by the NSW Government is having dire consequences for vulnerable women and children.
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When I tried to unravel the story behind WestConnex, Tony Shepherd threatened to sue me. Here is my reply.
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Welfare Street residents lodge objections to a developer's application to subdivide land on which their Homebush homes stand.
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The NSW government is involved in a land deal organised by a lawyer who hid controversial Obeid family investments.
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A Homebush block was reported in the media as subdivided when sold as 12 properties .When Wendy Bacon investigated she found no subdivision had occurred.
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Who are the private investors 'sold' Welfare St when the NSW government still owned it. Lance Rosenberg is involved but who else? It's hard to find out.
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How developers keen for quick returns moved in on affordable housing on Welfare Street in Western Sydney. Part One: The auction and the media.
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The NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing is taking action against the Paddington Bowling Club to remove its licence. But the noise goes on.
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For 25 years, the State has maintained Roseanne Beckett is guilty. So, John Maconachie's opening in the malicious prosecution trial held no surprises.
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Innocent accused who lose appeals against conviction are in a very tough position in NSW
A transcript of a confidential hearing in an inquiry into possible corruption in affairs of the Paddington Bowling Club is missing.
Labor MP Albanese says first spy bill too rushed but will he act to stop unseemly haste to pass second security bill opposed by civil liberties groups
LNP government set to give ASIO more power. Greens and 3 cross benchers oppose bill. Given media freedom was at stake, why was there not more opposition?
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On day two of his opening, Paul Blacket SC explains how the Roseanne Beckett frame-up was aimed at helping her husband escape sexual assault charges.
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Paul Blacket SC opens the case for the plaintiff in Becket v The State of NSW on July 28, 2014.
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On July 27, Roseanne Beckett's malicious prosecution trial against the NSW government began. Wendy Bacon will blog during the proceedings.
In July 1975, Kings Cross anti-development campaigner Juanita Nielsen was disappeared. She was murdered as a result of her opposition to the development of Victoria Street. This post includes some shots of her newspaper and two others that were produced in protest against her disappearance.
The 'media trial of the century' may be over in Britain, but in Australia, there's more questions than answers, writes Wendy Bacon.
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A Sydney lawyer has accused the NSW LNP government of misleading the NSW parliament about its knowledge of a legal opinion from a renowned trust lawyer.
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NSW Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner has announced a review of dealings between NSW Crown Lands and the Paddington Bowling Club
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Roseanne Beckett passes Channel Seven's lie detector test.
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Despite questions hanging over both the Crown and NSW Police involved in the convictions of Roseanne Beckett, why has no one been held accountable?
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Last week, Roseanne Beckett won her High Court appeal, but the NSW Attorney-General is resisting compensation. It's time to put a spotlight on the Crown's conduct in this case, writes Wendy Bacon.
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My last post introduced readers into an investigation into the frame-up of Roseanne Beckett (previously Catt). Three days after we published Fire Trail in October 2000, we published a second feature. This one specifically focused on Roseanne's case, about which the media had been silent since she was imprisoned in 1991.
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This week, Roseanne Beckett (previously Catt) unanimously won her appeal to the High Court of Australia against the New South Wales Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW DPP), clearing the way for her to sue NSW for malicious prosecution.
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The High Court of Australia clears the way for Roseanne Beckett to sue for malicious prosecution.
There has been an earthquake in the Pacific which has killed people in the Solomom Islands. I heard on the news that there was a tsunami warning for PNG. It did cross my mind to wonder if the Australian, PNG or Nauruan governments had given any thought to the extra responsibility of caring for asylum seekers if a natural disaster should occur on Manus Island in PNG or Nauru.
Most of the focus on today's Federal Court judgement in the case brought by ex-Federal Parliament Speaker Peter Slipper against his staffer James Ashby will be on the central finding that Ashby's sexual harrassment case against his ex-boss was an abuse of process.
Earlier in the year, I prepared a timeline covering the events for the period between 2001 and 2007 during which the Australian coalition government locked-up people seeking asylum on the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru, 4000 kilometres away from Australia. I prepared the timeline because I was upset by the way the Australian media failed to inform the public about the history of detention on Nauru at the time when the Gillard Labor government decided to restart the so-called Pacific Solution by opening detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island in PNG. After all, people who are eighteen now were still in junior high school when the earlier events occurred. This lack of backgrounding by the media makes it easier for politicians to mislead the public. By presenting the news in a very narrow frame, significant issues are made invisible.
Speaking at Wikileaks forum at a NSW Greens forum in NSW Parliament - September 2012
ROSEANNE Beckett, who served 10 years in jail before the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal quashed five convictions for offences against her husband, must now prove she is innocent as part of her case for malicious prosecution, a NSW judge ruled today.
It's 22 years since the then NSW Detective Peter Thomas led a group of police who raided Roseanne Catt's house in Taree. He then charged her with a number of charges including assault and attempted poison of her then husband Barry Catt. After a four months trial, in 1991, she was convicted of eight offences. Roseanne ( who now used the name Beckett) spent the next ten years in prison but was released after the media and new witnesses raised fresh evidence and questions about whether there had been a miscarriage of justice. A NSW Supreme Court Inquiry later found that the key prosecution witnesses, including Thomas, had conspired against her. The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal later acquitted her of the attempted poisoning charge and dismissed a number of other charges. Two convictions remain. Today, Roseanne Beckett's malicious prosecution case begins in the NSW Supreme Court. I've followed this case for 11 years for Sydney Morning Herald. Here is my last report. will be following the case with twitters, posts and stories.
I'll be speaking at a sminar in support of Bradley Manning organised by the Sydney Solidarity for Bradley Manning on Tuesday evening, August 2. Leading up to the night, Professor Stuart Rees of the Sydney Peace Foundation published a piece on Online Opinion.
Here are some Tharunka and Thorunka Extracts
How NSW Police violently confiscated Free Assange banners at a Sydney Protest
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NSW Victim Compensation Board orders Roseanne Catt to pay former husband, Barry Catt
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A WITNESS has accused the NSW Attorney-General's Department and police of being "cowards" and covering up her confession.
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A witness has revealed she gave false evidence under threat of being charged with a murder conspiracy. Wendy Bacon reports.
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ROSEANNE CATT, who was convicted of attempting to poison her husband after a trial in which Patrick Power was the prosecutor, is asking the Director of Public Prosecutions to review her case.
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The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal has upheld the appeal of Roseanne Catt against seven of her nine convictions, leaving it to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions, Nick Cowdrey, to decide if she should be retried.
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District Court judge, Tom Davidson finds evidence that Roseanne may have been falsely convicted on unreliable evidence of Peter Thomas and Barry Catt.
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Even before she was released from prison in 2001, senior police reviewed the case and considered that she might have been framed.
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Roseanne Catt ( Beckett) was convicted of overdosing her husband with lithium. In truth it was the chief prosecution witnesses who planted the drug.
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Criminal charges will be considered against prosecution witnesses who gave evidence at the inquiry into the conviction of Roseanne Catt.
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There seems to be no end to the violence, threats and witness intimidation that have marred the notorious Roseanne Catt case. Wendy Bacon reports.
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A witness told the District Court yesterday that she'd found her dog hanging dead and tapes missing when she returned home after giving evidence.
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A witness who is expected to give evidence at the inquiry into the convictions of Roseanne Catt heard gunshots outside her house on Saturday morning, a Sydney nun said yesterday.
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Former detective, Peter Thomas risks prosecution for evidence he gave at a judicial inquiry into the conviction of Roseanne Catt, a judge warned yesterday.
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Senior NSW Internal Affairs police had found that a detective should be charged with misconduct in relation to his investigation of the Roseanne Catt case, even before her 1991 trial, a Supreme Court inquiry into fresh evidence in her case was told this week.
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After a decade in jail, Roseanne Catt is still waiting to have her say in court, writes Wendy Bacon.
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A raft of new evidence has raised fresh doubts about the conviction of Roseanne Catt for conspiring to kill her ex-husband. Wendy Bacon reports one key witness for Catt has been bashed and handed a bullet.
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The judge said she was either an evil woman or the victim of a terrible conspiracy. Wendy Bacon and Tracy Pillemer explore the truth about Roseanne Catt.
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The flames were cruel enough, but the methods of a policeman turned arson investigator proved worse.