“While the questioning proceeds, I’m aware the defendant is watching me with eyes like rapiers, trying to stare me down. I meet his gaze and don’t avert my eyes.”
For victims of crime, a trial can be an incredibly stressful and intimidating experience. But what of the effect it has on those who are called to give evidence?
Letters, Poem & Editorial
Martin McKenzie-Murray (“Still in the woods, fighting a lost war”, September 13-19) notes Eric Abetz quoting Friedrich Nietzsche’s words that “There are no such things as facts, …
Can custom apps and video games really help us build up our mental muscle?
When uninvited pests come to visit, declare war with sustainable practices – and also an old-fashioned dose of hand-to-hand combat.
The Graduate. (Bonus points: Dustin Hoffman; Anne Bancroft.)
“Arthur is a wonderful person, a man of great personal integrity.”
The treasurer explains how Arthur Sinodinos, as the chairman of its finance committee, knew nothing of illegal donations being made to the Liberal Party.
“I look forward to getting back out there to attack that tree like I planned on doing. No tree is going to keep me down.”
The Shark is mauled by a chainsaw, but sustains only minor nerve damage. He was cutting down a tree.
“It’s a humanitarian mission with military elements.”
The attorney-general explains that Australia is not at war. They are peace bombs.
“The regulation of medicines is a thicket of complexity, bureaucracy and corporate and institutional self-interest.”
In a letter to Alan Jones, the prime minister voices his support for the medical use of marijuana.
“I don’t run the NSA any more than I run any other foreign intelligence agency or any other country.”
The New Zealand prime minister accepts that Edward Snowden may have been correct when he said the country’s metadata was being harvested by America.
“The operations’ successes speak for themselves.”
The minister for boats confirms that 12 asylum seeker vessels have been turned back at sea, letting the on-water matters we cannot know about talk for themselves.