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    "Well, I think we're getting ahead of ourselves. First of all we have to have a declaration by the High Court to the effect that he was not capable of being chosen and a count back. Then as I'm advised, the President of the Senate has to raise the debt, the debt being the salary and allowances that Mr Ludlam was paid during all those years when he was under colour of office, to use the legal expression, but in fact was not eligible to sit as a senator, that debt would be a very substantial amount of money. There's also by the way, under section 46 of the Constitution, a fine of 100 pounds to use the language of the time of federation, for every day that a person not eligible to sit does sit in the Senate ..." 

    Commonwealth Attorney General George Brandis discussing Scott Ludlam's disqualification from the senate, Sky News, July 16, 2017. The AG forgot that suits under s.46 of the Constitution were abolished in 1975, see Common Informers (Parliamentary Disqualifications) Act  ...  Read more ... 


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    Entries in War crimes (7)

    Tuesday
    Jul152014

    Hicks: war crime missing in action

    Howard's terrorist pin-up boy David Hicks convicted of a war crime that doesn't exist ... DC Circuit Court of Appeals finds "material support for terrorism" is not a war crime ... Hicks' conviction likely to be quashed ... Bullied into a plea deal by the Bush and Howard governments in 2007 ... Soapy Brandis looking more than usually idiotic ... Miscarriage of justice 

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    Tuesday
    Jul092013

    Straying from the rightful path

    Corporate mercenaries settle with Iraqi victims ... While Abu Ghraib contractor ducks liability for torture ... Corporates and conservatives generally pleased after Supreme Court's latest term ... British newspaper scoops US media on major security story ... Spying on attorneys at Gitmo ... Our Man in Washington, Roger Fitch, reports 

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    Wednesday
    Mar142012

    The Monte Cristo syndrome

    Guantánamo: give evidence against other prisoners and we might let you out, one day ... As long as you're not too angry ... The new prosecution paradigm and the latest stitch-up ... Plus, the legal basis for drone killing of Americans without due process ... Roger Fitch - Our Man in Washington 

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    Wednesday
    Jun292011

    The post-legal society

    Reinventing the Constitution ... New war crime propped up by discredited 1818 case ... Pentagon stacks military commission review court ... Rogue circuit court circumvents habeas for Guantanameros ... CIA homicides investigated by grand jury ... Our Man in Washington reports 

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    Monday
    Aug162010

    Burying the Bush-era scandals

    Bush hacks  winning the war of attrition as Democrats bail out of the DoJ ... Khadr case shaping-up to set a dangerous precedent - it's a war crime to shoot at an American soldier ... Roger Fitch reports from Washington 

     

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    Thursday
    Jul082010

    The Fourth of July

    Obama administration gets it’s first Guantánamo conviction … Osama’s cook and bottle washer pleads guilty to “material support” ... David Hicks also pleaded guilty to this non-existent “war crime”

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    Monday
    Jun212010

    Supreme Court wonderland

    Modifying Miranda ... Torture popping up everywhere ... Medicos in the war crime frame ... How the government switches the constitution on and off ... Ballet dancing detainees could be swapped ... Our Man in Washington reports

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