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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Anti-terror legislation: risky business for judges

Professor Alistair Nicholson, AO RFD
former Chief Justice
of the Family Court of Australia

Onlookers have not needed to be Einstein to calculate that there has never been any love lost between Alistair Nicholson and the Howard Government. But if you were ever in any doubt, it was there out of the mouth of Ruddock on the evening news to-night. There was Ruddock with taunts and barbs for the former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia because Nicholson made some salient comments about the anti-terrorism legislation introduced by the Howard Government following on the smart round-up job they did on the Premiers of the States and Territories. Please note, though, the job didn't quite take on Jon Stanhope, Chief Minister of the ACT. Of course, Ruddock in his role as Attorney-General would not be biassed (cough, splutter, hiccup) so it must be believed that his manner had nothing to do with the fact that Professor Nicholson was a Labor appointment and can actually spell the words s-o-c-i-a-l j-u-s-t-i-c-e.