Community Education

The Rule of Law Education Centre constructively engages in debate regarding the rule of law and, where appropriate challenges when the rule of law is under threat.

A society that supports the rule of law is not one composed of uncritical and obedient citizens; rather it is one whose citizens understand and respect just laws, are aware of their function and know how to engage with them constructively and how to challenge them as needed, within the appropriate mechanisms and institutions.

– United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

 

The below areas have been a particular concern to the Rule of Law Education Centre:

Model Litigant rules

12 August 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian Taxpayers pay the price for an unapologetic ABC’s defamation disaster

Border Closures

21 March 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Sharri Markson regarding COVID-19 vaccination discussion, stating that “the government has made a big mistake” in setting the October vaccine target. 

25 February 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, High Court ruling on Clive Palmer’s border challenge is a step in the right direction

5 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian,Western Australia attempts to sidestep Clive Palmer’s border pursuit 

14 October 2020: Chris Merritt on Sky News questioning “whether the lockdowns were declared for an improper purpose”.

13 October 2020: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Peta Credlin considering whether Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry “avoided the real issues” 

8 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Daniel Andrews not so much a dictator as a world-class bungler

11 September 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Curfew ‘invalid’ and everyone can ignore it, says Michael Wyles QC

28 August 2020: Chris Merrit on Sky News with Peta Credlin considering the Victorian governments’ sacrifice of civil rights 

13 August 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Equality before the law swept under the carpet by both sides in Palmer Case 

ICAC

26 July 2021: Chris Merritt with Samuel Griffith Society discussing the Obeid Case and the Presumption of Innocence. Click here for the transcript.

22 July 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Ian Macdonald and Obeid Convictions vindicate legal system, not ICAC

15 July 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian ICAC on trial as judge rules on Oveid inquiry

8 July 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian NT Parliament hopes for a resolution to Ken Fleming Controversy

15 July 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian NT anti-corruption bloss Ken Fleming kept the media occupied

9 June 2021: Chris Merritt with the Centre of Independent Studies discussing if ICAC has gone too far?

22 April 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian The 16 Documents at the heart o ICAC overreach

18 February 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Reputational damage at heart of ICAC probe into Operation Bandicoot 

11 February 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald verdict can give clarity on official misconduct 

21 January 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Bleak pace of ICAC justice 

14 January  2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Richard Poole an innocent man paying the price for ICAC blunder 

26 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Why Attorney-General Christian Porter ignored the ‘expert’ analysis 

2 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Rule of law means no room for show trials 

22 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, ICAC financial dispute muddies the legal waters 

20 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, ICAC turmoil: Perfect timing for the latest show trial 

15 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Gladys Berejiklian proof that ICAC public hearings are a disgrace that must stop 

09 November 2020: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Alan Jones discussing how Federal ICAC unlike New South Wales where ‘people are convicted by headlines’ 

28 August 2020: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Sharri Markson discussing the exoneration protocol and that “It’s impossible for people to clear their names. There’s very limited accountability for ICAC.” 

Attorney General

24 June 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Annabel Crabb texts bolster call for inquiry into ABC’s conduct on Christian Porter

17 June 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, The Question of ABC Malice lingers in Christian Porter Case

04 June 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Unsatisfactory end to Christian Porter defamation case

01 June 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Chris Kenny discussing the legal implications of the Porter Case

03 March 2021: Chris Merritt on Bolt Report stating that the Prime Minister was “exactly right” for denying another inquiry into Christian Porter

04 March 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Attorney-General Christian Porter must not face trial by media 

16 March 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Porter turns the tables on his media pursuers 

18 March 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, ABC faces tough fight in Christian Porter defamation case 

25 March 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Scott Morrison must tread carefully on Christian Porter 

Class Actions

20 May 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Senate dithering keeps lawyers at the class-action trough

05 April 2021: Chris Merritt talking to Jason Betts about Litigation Greenmail, sourced by Daily Telegraph

10 March 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Peta Credlin discussing the Victorian government’s plan to allow contingency fees to be paid to lawyers will “supercharge” the class action industry

07 January 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, A return to sanity for disclosure class actions 

31 December 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Freeze on contingency fees in Senate crackdown led by James Paterson 

17 September 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Premier Dan Andrews at risk from his class action fees creation 

03 September 20201: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Verdict on class actions: high costs, low benefits 

Defamation

12 August 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Taxpayers pay the price for an unapologetic ABC’s defamation disaster

11 August 2021: Chris Merritt talking to Andrew Bolt about Louise Milligan’s legal bill as a shoking waste of taxpayers money

08 April 20201: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Dylan Voller case puts online defamation in the dock

04 February 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian ABC/Nine loss in Chau Chak Wing case damages defamation reform calls 

26 July 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Reform ‘won’t fix defamation’ 

24 July 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Curb on defamation mega-payouts to celebrities 

03 July 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian United bid to make cap fit on defamation payouts to stars 

02 July 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Ruling ‘no remedy’ for Eryn Jean Norvill 

Rule of Law

06 May 2021: Chris Merrit article in the Australian Importance of appeal process on show after Alan Tudge vindicated

26 March 2021:Chris Merritt on Sky News with Peta Credlin on the NSW Governments retrospective criminal laws

12 March 2021: Chris Merritt speaks at the Australian Law Reform Commission on Judicial Impartiality

11 March 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian Judicial commission needed to help judges’ welfare 

18 February 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Alan Jones discussing how the High Court’s verdict on the deportation of non-citizens claiming aboriginality

16 February 2021: Chris Merritt on Outsiders  “there is a distinction now in the constitution on the basis of race”. 

11 February 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Peta Credlin discussing how the High Court decision should have been ‘put to the people in a referendum’ 

28 January 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian It’s time to simplify and clarify our corporate law 

17 December 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian War crimes can only be determined by a court 

10 December 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Ron Sackville demonstrates that royal commissioners should stick to the script 

19 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Premiers’ attacks on law the thin end of the wedge 

12 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian High stakes in federal Attorney-General Christian Porter’s Mark Dreyfus law 

29 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Christian Porter punts on junior judges for High Court 

1 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Sydney Uni academic Wojciech Sadurski at centre of free speech trial in Poland 

24 September 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Jim Spigelman’s Hong Kong exit sends China a clear message 

22 July 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Pyrrhic victory will damage James Cook University reputation