Richard Ackland
is the publisher of Justinian. He is The Saturday Paper’s diarist-at-large and legal affairs editor.

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Diary April 15, 2017

Gadfly: Downer and out in Dublin and London

A treat is in store for the cavalcade of Australian barristers sweeping through London and Dublin in July on their two-yearly overseas knees-up. It looks like a pretty flatout affair, kicking off with drinks at Scarfes Bar, at the Rosewood London, named because of Gerald Scarfe’s artwork and his inspiration for the cocktails.

Diary April 01, 2017

Gadfly: Radio National treasure

Gadfly took a leisurely drive along the Hume Highway to Canberra and what a treat to have Radio National for company. By the Mittagong turnoff there was James Carleton’s show “God Forbid” with an item on the advantage of being white, leading into a top-rate discussion on 18C with academics Helen Pringle and Iain Benson. Hands down it was one of the liveliest talks on this well-worn topic since Dr Andreas Bolt (BA-in-waiting) had trouble with his fair-skinned Aborigines.

Opinion March 18, 2017

Brandis’s plan for metadata in civil litigation

“As if having the entire nation under surveillance for potential criminal offences was not sweeping enough, George Brandis has fresh thoughts about extending Big Brother’s scope. ”

Diary March 18, 2017

Gadfly: Brandis logs his claim

Diarist-at-large flies about the nation.

Diary March 11, 2017

Gadfly: Animal crackers

Diarist-at-large flies about the nation.

Diary March 04, 2017

Gadfly: Oh Fatherland, show us the sign

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Diary February 25, 2017

Gadfly: Piers group pressure

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Diary February 18, 2017

Gadfly: The munificent Seven

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Diary February 11, 2017

Gadfly: The spirit of ’76

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Diary February 04, 2017

Gadfly: St John’s wart

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.

Diary January 28, 2017

Gadfly: Going to extremes

Diarist-at-large Richard Ackland flies about the nation.