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Prepare for another war? Former "Prince", Leonard Casley, ordered to pay $2.7Million to ATO

The former self-declared Prince of the “Hutt River Province” in Western Australia has been ordered by the Supreme Court of Western Australia to pay more than AUD$2.7 million to the Australian Taxation Office.

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Ministers may be referred for contempt

In case you missed it, there was a hearing on Friday in the Victorian Court of Appeal, in which Greg Hunt (Health Minister), Alan Tudge (Human Services Minister), and Michael Sukkar (Assistant Treasurer), were required to make submissions as to why they should not be “referred for prosecution for contempt”.

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Legality of “that” leaked memo: Comey’s testimony to the Select Committee on Intelligence

If you have been following with interest, as I have, the unfolding investigation by the US Senate into Russia’s interference in the US election, you would be aware that former FBI director James Comey (Comey) gave testimony last night in front of the Senate’s “select committee on intelligence”.

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Statement of James B Comey, 8 June 2017.

Published is the written statement of James Comey, made public by the US Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Law firms on notice to brief the Bar, but at what cost to the client?

The Australian newspaper published an article on Friday containing comments from Victorian Bar Council president, Jennifer Batrouney QC, in response to the decision of Justice Rares, in Armstrong Scalisi Holdings Pty Ltd v Piscopo (Trustee), in the matter of Collins [2017] FCA 423.

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The “Dennis Denuto” Case: Defence filed in Smith v Lucht

Please Note: It is noted that neither Counsel or the instructing solicitor appearing at the trial in Smith v Lucht, or on appeal, had any involvement in drafting or filing the defence linked in this article. The writer is informed that upon those lawyers taking carriage of the matter the defence was amended, properly, in significant respects.

It is also noted that criticism of the defence, which is discussed in the below article, was directed to the defence in its original form, and was in no way directed to Counsel or the solicitor who conducted the trial and appeal.

Published in the link at the bottom of this article is a sealed copy of the notice of intention to defend & defence filed by Kenneth Lucht to a defamation claim by the Ipswich solicitor, Mr Brett Smith.

Whilst the defence is a cracker, it is somewhat extraordinary that it was actually filed.

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