A Life in the Law

Judge Stephen Scarlett, lover of the arts, vintage Porsches and courtesy in court, recently retired from the Federal Circuit Court after a 28-year judicial career. He was appointed to the Local Court in 1988. He became the Senior Children’s Magistrate in 1995. He was appointed to the new Federal Magistrates Court in 2000. His life […]

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Moral Courage

The 2016 Australian of the Year, General David Morrison AO, will deliver the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture on 13 October. George and Marie Jepson set up the foundation to promote psychological health and safety within the legal community, after their son, Tristan, a young lawyer, experienced depression and took his own life. Morrison, who […]

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LSJ September 2016

Fighting for Our Rule Book

The new Dean of Law at UNSW, Professor George Williams, AO, has big plans for the university. He wants it to have a greater presence overseas. At home, he wants to fight to protect Australia’s democracy. He talks to Julie McCrossin of his concerns about the gay marriage plebiscite, ASIO’s powers to strip people of […]

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Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin is dying to talk

Former ABC radio presenter and TV host, Julie McCrossin, was diagnosed with stage-four cancer three years ago. The cancer, now in remission, was in her tonsils, tongue and throat. Below, Julie answers questions from the Dying to Talk Discussion Starter. For support in starting the discussion with your loved ones, download it from If you […]

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Lost and homeless teens separated by 40 years

At 18, Julie McCrossin was lost and only a couch away from being homeless after telling her parents she was homosexual. “They were lost and I was lost and I had to leave home,” she said of that time in 1973.  “Like so many people in their teens, I had problems with drugs and alcohol, ” she said of a wild period between when she left home […]

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Safeguarding Our Children

Can cultural and legislative change save the Catholic Church? The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is due to complete its work at the end of 2017. Even before it reports, distressing evidence at public hearings has put a heavy onus of responsibility on the people leading institutions to take steps to […]

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Cancer surivivors turn treatment masks into art at Casula Powerhouse

The masks are made of thermoplastic material, moulded to the face and then bolted to the treatment table during lifesaving radiation therapy for head and neck cancers. Once a day for one month, the former ABC broadcaster Julie McCrossin was tightened in, her head held rigid for 20 minutes, while a powerful precision x-ray zapped the cancer eating away at her tonsils, tongue and […]

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Extinction Busters

When Professor Tim Flannery spoke at an April fundraising dinner for the NSW EDO (Environmental Defenders Office), his description of the rate of extinctions in Australia brought a hushed silence to an audience of several hundred members of the legal community. Flannery’s commitment to preventative action is matched by the EDO’s Principal Solicitor and Chief […]

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bravery unmasked

bravery unmasked

Artists and cancer survivors have found meaning in their radiation masks after treatment thanks to an art program at Liverpool and Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centres. You are cordially invited to join us at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and see their work. Please mark your calendar for the opening night on Friday, 10th of June […]

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Q&A Panel Asked to Compare Homosexuality with Nazism

WITH a diverse panel of progressive, indigenous and conservative Christian leaders, gay marriage was bound to be on the agenda for Monday night’s episode of Q&A. However one of the most heated discussions revolved around a suggestion the church’s attitude to homosexuality could be compared to life in Nazi Germany. The question was raised by […]

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