Bernard Collaery on threats to the rule of law

By Robyn Tongol|15 October 2020
Bernard Collaery

Former ACT attorney-general Bernard Collaery says he never wanted to become a “campaigner or crusader” for civil liberties; rather he has wanted to act for clients “with my best endeavours”. Conspiracy charges brought against him, however, mean that he has been thrust into the spotlight.

In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Mr Collaery returns to the podcast to provide host Jerome Doraisamy with an update on the proceedings being brought against him by the federal government, what he perceives to be threats to the rule of law – both in Australia and across the globe – and how such changes may impact upon legal professionals of all stripes.


Moreover, the pair discusses the extent to which lawyers might have capacity to confront emerging challenges to the rule of law in a post-pandemic landscape, and what is coming next in his trial.

This episode follows news on Friday that the Law Council of Australia has offered its support to Mr Collaery in the face of the closed-door proceedings, it says “offends the principles of open justice”.



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