Remember when Labor had a go at a Greensparty candidate and barrister Brian Walters over the fact that he represented clients of a nature not entirely in keeping with his stated views of the world including battling the families of killed coal miners to starve them of compensation from the kind of big bad coal-mining company the Greensparty would normally denounce.
Comments from pi-faced, bow-tie wearing barristers were sought about the “cab-rank” principle. Not happy, were they. The Age expressed their concern about this ancient principle being a vitally important notion in our system of justice.
Op-eds were written of the most excoriating kind. They made the point that blaming a lawyer for the actions of their client is not fair or logical. Up to a point, they have a reasonable argument. Robert Richter QC ably defends murderers, doesn’t make him one.
And yet The Age has decided not to burden itself with the heavy load of consistency on this matter.
Allan Myers QC, an intriguing character who made a serious fortune with former fugitive Bond Brewing executives who applied Australia’s world-class brewery technology and management in the then emerging market of Poland, recently represented Big Tobacco at the High Court on plain packaging, where the companies were attempting to defeat Commonwealth laws restricting their use of their trademarks.
According to The Age that therefore makes him an unsuitable person to volunteer to help – and to donate substantial sums to – the Peter Mac cancer hospital by serving on its board. The Age really is hopeless.