Principal Environment Judge appointed
Acting Principal Environment
Judge Laurence Newhook has been appointed the permanent
Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General Christopher
Finlayson announced today.
Judge Newhook graduated LLB
(Hons) and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in
1972. He worked as staff solicitor and later partner at law
firm Towle and Cooper and successor firms Brandon
Brookfield, latterly Brookfields, until his appointment to
the Environment Court in 2001.
Judge Newhook has been
acting as Principal Environment Judge for the past two years
and has been actively involved in Courts administration.
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On Hit & Run
The ‘living in denial’ reactions to the Hit and Run book by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson all tend to minimize the military raid in question, and the level of carnage involved.
Those reactions include the likes of
(a) within war zones mistakes will always happen, this happened years ago, and something similar happens in Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria every day.
(b) Civilians tend to be among the victims partly because in an insurgency it’s hard to tell the rebels from the civilians they live and operate among. And finally,
(c) Who should be surprised to find that when bureaucracies make mistakes, they deny and downplay their own errors to protect the wider mission.
All of those responses have been evident in the reaction thus far to Hit and Run, and they don’t stand up to analysis. More>>