Tattoos, HIV, Breastfeeding and The Risk of Harm To The Child

Tattoos, HIV, Breastfeeding and The Risk of Harm To The Child The controversy in Jackson & Macek [2015] FCCA 1656 focussed on whether the mother should breast feed their child. … Continue Reading →


Cotic and Cowan and Impartial Directions To The Jury

Cotic and Cowan and Impartial Directions To The Jury On 6 October 2003 I unsuccessfully argued an appeal against conviction for a man challenging the partiality of the summing up … Continue Reading →


Incapable of Sitting On The Court of Appeal

Incapable of Sitting On The Court of Appeal Relevant Chronology On 13 March 2014 Brett Peter Cowan was convicted of killing Daniel Morcombe and sentenced to imprisonment for life, with … Continue Reading →


A Court In Undisputed Crisis

A Court In Undisputed Crisis A Crisis of Confidence In my article, A Crisis of Confidence, I said the process of appointing Tim Carmody QC DCJ to be the Chief … Continue Reading →


I’m with Maintaining The Rule of Law

On Tuesday 6 January 2015 a Queensland election was called for Saturday 31 January 2015. On Thursday 8 January 2015 Iain Fogerty was charged with public nuisance after standing next … Continue Reading →


Lottery Wins and The Nature of The Relationship of The Parties at The Time

In Eufrosin & Eufrosin [2014] FamCAFC 191 (2 October 2014) the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia (Thackray, Murphy, Aldridge JJ) dealt with the issue of a lottery … Continue Reading →


Agitating Issues In The Best Interests of The Children

In my To Thine Own Self Be True article I posed a Family Law Act 1975 question: The possible self-destructive behaviour of the mother was an issue worth agitating before … Continue Reading →


The Diversity Factor In The Appointment of Judges

The process of appointing judicial officers is something upon which I have previously written 1. In that article I endorsed the principles articulated by the Bar Association of Queensland, namely … Continue Reading →


Secret Relocation Involved Blatant Cunning and Deceit

The issue of relocation was dealt with by Judge Neville in Nettle & Nada [2013] FCCA 1677 (31 October 2013). In July 2012 the Respondent Mother and the subject child … Continue Reading →


Standing and Hypothetical Questions – The VLAD Challenge

In Kuczborski v Queensland [2014] HCA 46 (14 November 2014) the High Court of Australia considered the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act 2013 (Qld) and other related legislation. Relevantly for … Continue Reading →