November 15, 2010 4
This is the third and final part in Colin McDonald QC’s thoughts (and perhaps confessions…) on his life at the Bar. Here he talks about some of the characters and colleagues with whom he shared his professional life in the Northern Territory – in particular during his days at William Forster Chambers, the pre-eminent barristers […]
November 14, 2010 4
The Andrew McMillan Living Wake will kick off at 7pm on 3rd December at the Darwin Railway Club in Parap. I reckon a lobster will get you through the door for what looks like a great night. Hopefully no-one will be writing an obituary for Andrew any time soon...who knows, he might hang around for us to do another one next year...and the year after that!
November 4, 2010 3
Donations for Andrew McMillan will be allocated to a McMillan Fund in the NT Writers' Centre books. The NT Writers' Centre is a charitable institution with endorsement as a deductible gift recipient. This means that donors may claim a tax deduction if they request a receipt from us. The McMillan Fund will be used to provide suitable accommodation and care for Andrew as he convalesces over the next six months and, hopefully, returns to his writing.
November 2, 2010 12
Frank was the finest addresser to juries I ever witnessed. He spoke without notes, with conviction and power. In his addresses he seized on emotional truths and had almost a symbiotic relationship with the jury. I was fortunate to witness many of his addresses both as an Associate and as his reader. I thank him for his spirit of independence and his courage to put the bold or difficult argument. He was deft, polite and fearless before Judges.
October 31, 2010 8
If, in the Crowd, there's one who's not forgot me, If there's one, perhaps who asks how I am, Say I'm alive, but deny that I am well: That I'm even alive is a gift from a God. (Ovid, thanks to Paul Kelly via Chips Mackinolty)
October 26, 2010 14
I spent most of my 20s at Yuendumu; I feel like I grew into a man there, and I did not do it on my own. Maybe one day I’ll be that old man sitting on a bed, keeping myself company by closing my eyes and recalling these stories.
October 24, 2010 8
I think that this is a long-term strategy but that what is inevitable is that we will see the end of prohibition policies. They are unsustainable. There is a global trend now to re-examine the policy of prohibition of drugs. It has been an abject failure. I think it will happen in Australia. It will be an incremental change and it'll happen over the next decade. But it is inevitable.
October 22, 2010 3
As you do when you've had a few beers you eventually need to use the sanitary services provided...so I got a very pleasant surprise when I walked into the ground-floor facilities to see that the have fish in the bogs.
October 14, 2010 3
Omar Musa: Where do we go when we are dead? I have no idea. I cannot even begin to fathom it. I understand this idea of heaven and hell because I was raised in a strict Muslim family but...I know where I want to be buried though. I want to be buried next to the Molongolo River in Queanbeyan. I have such a strong connection to where I grew up in Queanbeyan. I guess that is spiritual.
October 11, 2010 2
I didn’t want to follow Manly but my daughter insisted. Then the club committee noticed me on the hill so they invited me to sit with them one day and I behaved my backside off and ultimately became their No. 1 ticket holder, which is one of the highest states to which a humble Homo sapien can rise short of actually playing first grade rugby league.