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THE AGE OF TWO FACES: Newspaper takes us for a ride over cab-rank principle

BarristersRemember 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.

The Age frothed at the mouth with outrage about Labor’s “smear.”

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.


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  1. The Age is a total decent paper, unlike The Herald Sun which is read by people who are uneducated. The Hearld Sun’s Journalists deserve a special little trip to join the Balibo Five.

    Posted by anon | September 2, 2012, 13:51
  2. The trouble with the Age it spends several years pissing off half it readers opinionating on the left, and then spends the next several years pissing off the other half by opinionating to the right.

    News papers would probable be in a better position if they kept their opinions to themselves and stuck with the news. But if they can’t they really should decide where their market is.

    Posted by fredn | September 2, 2012, 16:12
  3. So The Age won’t be selling many editions in Dunkeld then. Having said that, does The Age sell many editions anywhere? Perhaps Fizroy and Parliament House where they get them for gratis.

    Posted by Royal Male | September 3, 2012, 11:52
  4. The Age is one of the world’s great newspapers but they were wrong on this one.

    Posted by LoonyLefty | September 4, 2012, 1:59
  5. I am prepared to be flexible with my views for the people of Kilsyth

    Posted by Jamie Rudd | September 4, 2012, 19:26
  6. Interestingly, the attack was mounted by public health advocate Rob Moodie. The same Rob Moodie who was chair of the Melbourne Storm during the salary cap scandal. Talk about people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    Posted by Throbber Bandt | September 5, 2012, 12:23
  7. hypocrites

    Posted by Piv | September 5, 2012, 12:57
  8. the age is like a piece of dunny paper that leaves black marks everywhere.excellent to see so many
    left wing wankers looking for work. Sorry the ABC is full….lol

    Posted by Ali Tazik | September 5, 2012, 19:58
  9. In regards to Victoria’s new number plate slogan announced by Premier Doolittle today ‘Stay alert, stay alive’!
    Ted should take his own advice in regards to his forthcoming political fortunes!

    Posted by anon | September 6, 2012, 16:58
  10. The Age has a blind spot when it comes to the hypocrisy of the loony left Greens Party.

    That said, there can be no leeway given to anyone that takes the blood money of the drug dealing killers that run the tobacco industry.

    Posted by The Marlboro Man | September 11, 2012, 21:55