Friday, May 22, 2015

Coffee Wars: Only Lovers Left Alive!

New one for Great Ocean Quarterly magazine. Arturo Bandini briefly escapes the insidious clutches of the hipster barista invasion of his beloved surfcoast.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New members join Super Mighty Alphabet League

New letters have passed the stringent entrance requirements and exhaustive tests to become the latest members of The Super Mighty Alphabet League, yayyyy. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stepping in.

A recent Family Court decision could have considerable ramifications for property settlement cases.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Doubtful measures in crime control.

Anti Association laws, or so-called 'anti-bikie' laws, enacted to give police greater powers to crack down on outlaw motorcycle gangs are yet to prove their effectiveness.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AFP: Diagnostic Challenges.

The October focus is on the diagnostic challenges facing the general practitioner. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

First Byte

The ACCC has scored its first win using new rules in Australian Consumer Law against Bytecard. The rules target industries that have a reputation for locking customers into dodgy consumer contracts, such as mobile service providers, airlines and gyms. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

No Holiday for residents

Hundreds of NSW central Coast holiday home rentals have been exposed as unlawful. Typically, these consist of short term rentals, over weekends or other short terms, and as a consequence regularly hosting loud, late parties and events such as Buck's nights, often with significant numbers attending. The result being an unbearable situation for neighbours.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Civil liability for personal harm

A recent court decision gives recreational and adventure operators protection from liability where the risk is obvious. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

AFP: The Brain

September 2013's AFP Magazine focus is General Practice psychiatry, with articles concerning Bipolar disorder, obssesive-compulsive disorder and potential side effects of certain anti-depressants.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dancing to a new tune

Legal Practitioners conduct an increasingly complicated dance. There are call from Judges to keep it simple. Justice Michael Pembroke provides some observations.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Class Actions

A recent decision by the Federal Court means even more hurdles for those considering commencement of a a class action, as theres an increased risk of the process failing even after an initial success.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What kind of a parent are you?

Helicopter parenting is a newish concept in psychological literature. Though obviously the concept for the illo wasn't much of a struggle.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Tweet stops here!

Two recent cases in the US point to an interesting development in the use and ownership of social media content. Both The Washington Post and Agence France Press have been found liable for copyright infringement for unauthorised use of images. The case was complex, with claim and counter claim being made by a number of parties involved, with media companies citing the Twitter terms of service as a defence, in particular the phrase “You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. 

The hopeful upshot being that Users own their tweets and third parties copy at their peril.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Art, Ideas and the Sea

Great Ocean Quarterly is a new magazine, mmm, lovely aroma of actual ink on (PEFC) paper, dedicated to art, ideas and the sea.

The magazine launched in November 2013, and the summer edition was published last week, January 2014. There's great article on artist Jeff Raglus, an incredible, beautiful, awesome (really, actually awesome) photo essay on falling off a board on the face of a huge wave (which frankly scared the proverbial out of me in spite of poetry of the accompanying essay by GOQ creative driving force Mick Sowry), and a great series of articles on sea, food, seafood and food by the sea, among other summer treats.

I did a couple of illustrations this issue, one celebrating the humble and mighty sausage, the other accompanying an almost stream of consciousness tale of 'fishing with Doug'.

Great Ocean Quarterly is available in newsagents, selected independent bookstores or by subscription.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Not so) Nice?

Can you be too nice? The August 2013 issue of ChildMagazine reckons you can. If we defie nice as being what you do to make others happy with you on a continuing basis, potentially putting your own needs last, the result may be that you essentially devalue yourself as a person. 

And as a child gets older, that 'niceness' can be seen as try-hard and weak willed. And the sense of exclusion this engendered then leads to the child trying even harder to please, resulting in further exclusion. 

The article posits that it might be smarter to be 'kind' than 'nice', if we define kind as including  your own opinion about what you think is best for another person, whether they like to hear it or not. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lehman mis-selling

The case brought against Lehman Brothers included 'breach of contract, negligence, misleading and deceptive conduct, and breach of fiduciary duty in recommending and selling complex, high-risk financial products as investments', leading to enormous losses when the global financial crisis hit. Obviously all oversights on Lehman's part, where the right hand selling didn't know what the left hand was investing. Ahem.

The decision handed down by the Federal Court has ruled that disclaimers in in term sheets, contract notes and offering memoranda may be ineffective in avoiding liability, and that a bank, by assuming the role of trusted advisor, in downplaying potential risk in various forms of communication, may indeed be held liable. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

AFP: Liver

The focus for July's AFP was on The Right Upper Quadrant. And more specifically, the liver. The liver, if working properly, is a pretty magical device that takes in a whole lot of everything stuff and send out a bit of really great stuff. 

Chronic Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Fatty liver disease seriously impact on the functioning of this vital organ.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Camping out of your comfort zone

According to this article in April's 2013 Child Magazine, there's a reluctance to venture out into the wilds and pitch a tent due to an unwillingness to leave the usual creature comforts and a perception that camping itself is somehow dangerous.  As it turns out, generally the kids thrive, love the bush as a playground, the ocean as a bath, and that any real anxiety is simply fed by the parents uncertainty. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

AFP: Arteries

Arteries and veins: the delivery system of nutrients to the system. AFP June 13 Focuses on Varicose veins, Non-Aortic aneurysms, Hypertension and Aortic aneurysms.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sins of Ommission

In cases where there are signs of an omitted easement, conveyancing solicitors need to look beyond the Register to fully investigate the title. Elementary, really... 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Most parents are concerned about the kind of person their child will grow up to be, and the kind of risks they'll take along the way. 

March 2013 Child Magazine features this story of a parent concerned that while she may be raising a perfect citizen, safe driver and honest taxpayer, it may be that a little bit of risk on the child's part can go a long way to  helping her child grow confident, independent and fulfilled.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

AFP: Embarrassing Problems

AFP June 13 takes a close look at Embarrassing Problems. But look, I'm not going into it, ok? Except for Hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis. The rest of it I'm going to skip over.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Left Hand Drive

In Left Hand Drive, Craig McGregor reflects on his personal journey, writing about and living through some of the most compelling and defining events of modern times.

From meeting his lifelong partner on a legendary ban the-bomb march in the UK, listening to the unreleased Blonde on Blonde with an ‘attentive’ Bob Dylan, and following the twists and turns of Canberra’s corridors of power from Whitlam to Gillard, Left Hand Drive sees this two-time Walkley Award winner at full throttle. Sometimes literally at the wheel of a left hand drive Kombi.

‘This is a memoir to treasure, from a wise and talented observer of the past half century.' Kerry O'Brien

‘Craig is hip to the hip but not really hip.’ Bob Dylan