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Chris Dawson refused High Court leave to appeal for a permanent stay

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Former high school teacher and rugby league player Chris Dawson yesterday was refused leave to appeal against the NSW Court of Appeal’s refusal to grant a permanent stay of his murder charge.

Dawson is accused of having murdered his wife Lynette Dawson 40 years ago. Lynette, 33, disappeared from their Bayview home on Sydney’s northern beaches in January 1982, leaving behind their two young daughters Shanelle and Sherryn, then aged four and two.
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British barrister beats woke Bar Standards Board

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“The ethos of service and duty that used to underpin so many professions often seems to have been replaced with a claim to moral leadership by the better-educated.”

Head, hand & heart: The struggle for dignity and status in the 21st Century David Goodhart, 2020, Allen Lane, p17

The facts

In 2021, British barrister Jon Holbrook was investigated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) over a series of social-media posts. 17 were thrown out. It decided that one of the 18 tweets in question constituted a breach of professional conduct.
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Race hate hoaxer Jussie Smollett gets appeal bail

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In December, American actor Jussie Smollett was found guilty by a jury of falsely reporting a hate crime against himself.

He claimed two racist Trump supporters wearing MAGA hats beat him up. It turned out he had paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the whole thing so that he could pretend to be a victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime.
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Public Trustee of Queensland investigated for high fees and financial mismanagement

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“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”

President Ronald Reagan, AUGUST 12, 1986

The facts

The Public Trustee of Queensland is a public body charged with managing the finances of some of the most vulnerable members of the community, including those lacking capacity and prisoners.
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District Court stays claim because of Australian Financial Complaints Authority’s bureaucratic bumbling

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Westpac’s social responsibility department reacts to the banking Royal Commission.

 

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”

President Ronald Reagan, AUGUST 12, 1986

It is well known that many public bodies these days are obsessed with political correctness and identity politics, and spend a lot of their time fussing on topics such as equity, diversity, inclusion, harmony days, ‘unconscious bias’, and the like. Once can only imagine that they hold regular meetings where they talk about topics such as their gender pronouns, paleo pear and banana bread, and what a relief that in a few months time the Morrison federal government will be replaced by a Labor-Greens Coalition, but how the ideal would be a Greens Government with Adam Bandt as Prime Minister and socialism being tried once again.
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Jarryd Hayne’s convictions quashed on appeal

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The facts

This blog reported when Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne was found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

Hayne had pleaded not guilty and denied sexually assaulting the then 26-year-old woman at her home at Fletcher, on Newcastle’s outskirts, in September 2018.

His first trial in Newcastle last year ended in a hung jury, however the jury in his second trial found him guilty of performing oral and digital sex on the complainant without her consent.

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Ghislaine Maxwell convicted of sex trafficking

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Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell has been convicted of sex trafficking after a New York jury deliberated for more than five days.

Maxwell was accused of recruiting and grooming four teenagers for Epstein between 1994 and 2004. Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell as he awaited trial on sex abuse charges of his own.

Maxwell was found guilty by a 12-person jury of five of the six counts she was facing.

A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable — facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement following the verdict. “I want to commend the bravery of the girls — now grown women — who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today’s result, possible.”

 

She could potentially spend the rest of her life behind bars.

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