Max Costello LLM, now retired, is a former prosecuting solicitor with WorkSafe Victoria. He is the author of “Offshore Crimes”, The Monthly online, 22 September 2017; and co-author, with Robert Richter QC, of submissions 75 and 75.1 to the Senate’s 2019 ‘Medevac repeal’ Committee. He co-authored, with Margaret Sinclair & Eleanor Davey, the Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) submission (no. 68) to the Senate Committee examining the ‘Prohibiting Items’ Bill – a submission posing several of the above-suggested questions.
Why aren’t work health and safety laws used to confront Parliament’s ‘sexual abuse with impunity’ culture?
The review into parliament, following allegations of sexual assault, has not specifically highlighted the most important piece of legislation for ensuring the safety of Parliament workers, the Work Health and Safety Act. Without the act’s enforcement, Parliament will remain unsafe and its workers vulnerable…. Continue reading »
Part 1 discussed the role of law-makers (parliamentarians) and law-implementers (public servants). Part 2 discusses the role of law-interpreters (judges) and law-enforcers, including a non-regulating regulator, Comcare. … Continue reading »
The rule of law ‘system’ is not an amorphous single entity – government – but involves law-makers (such as prime ministers and other ministers), law-implementers, law-interpreters, and law enforcers. Their work has left unprotected several million vulnerable people. How? This part covers law-makers and law-implementers…. Continue reading »
The ‘elephant’ is Peter Dutton’s mega Department of Home Affairs; the ‘mouse’ is the mobile phone of an immigration detainee…. Continue reading »