Commentary

Chris Merritt has a weekly commentary in the Australian newspaper. These articles can be read by clicking on the links below or directly at the Australian.

Model Litigant rules

Model litigant rules (obligations) are guidelines for how a government ought to behave before, during, and after litigation with another government body, a private company, or an individual. Click here to go to Rule of Law Education Centre’s explainer and case studies on Model Litigants

28 October 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian ‘ABC must live up to the ‘model litigant’ standard’

22 October 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian ‘ABC not a model litigant in Andrew Laming defamation’

12 August 2021Chris Merritt article in the Australian ‘Taxpayers pay the price for an unapologetic ABC’s defamation disaster’

Border Closures

For a simple explainer on Border closures and whether the Constitution allows the States to close their borders, click here.

31 December 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Victoria’s retrospective pandemic laws expose problems in Charter of Rights

21 March 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Sharri Markson regarding COVID-19 vaccination discussion, stating that “the government has made a big mistake” in setting the October vaccine target. 

25 February 2021Chris Merritt article in The Australian, High Court ruling on Clive Palmer’s border challenge is a step in the right direction

5 November 2020Chris Merritt article in The Australian,Western Australia attempts to sidestep Clive Palmer’s border pursuit 

14 October 2020: Chris Merritt on Sky News questioning “whether the lockdowns were declared for an improper purpose”.

13 October 2020: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Peta Credlin considering whether Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry “avoided the real issues” 

8 October 2020Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Daniel Andrews not so much a dictator as a world-class bungler

11 September 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Curfew ‘invalid’ and everyone can ignore it, says Michael Wyles QC

28 August 2020: Chris Merrit on Sky News with Peta Credlin considering the Victorian governments’ sacrifice of civil rights 

13 August 2020Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Equality before the law swept under the carpet by both sides in Palmer Case 

ICAC

For a summary of the role of ICAC and the Rule of Law’s concerns about ICAC operating as a parallel system for justice, click here.

26 May 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, The Perrottet government must protect rule of law

25 May 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Ministers’ move to change NSW ICAC law rejected

21 May 2022: Chris Merritt book review in the Australian, Keeping them Honest?

19 May 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Federal ICAC: Who’s behind this and why?

06 May 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Scott Morrison is right: ICAC is just a kangaroo court

21 April 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, ICAC a poor model to follow if transparency matters

14 April 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Coalition and Labor should refrain from making changes to Australia’s justice system with parts of discredited ICAC model

08 April 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, NSW ICAC Commissioner should take a big pay cut

15 March 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Yuendumu trial claims of race based bias in jury acquittal decision dont hold water

10 March 2022: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Perrottet must address unlawful ICAC conduct

03 March 2022: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, ICAC Inquiries damage reputations

05 January 2022: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Inspector’s report strengthens calls for meaningful reform

22 December 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, There are better ideas on how to run an ICAC and NSW could learn from other states

16 December 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, ICAC’s apologists should stick to the proven facts

26 November 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, In technical terms, NSW ICAC is madness

18 November 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, ICAC reform plan looks likely to be toothless

08 October 2021:  Margaret Cunneen on Alan Jones “Concerns over ICAC Reputations Damage’

07 October 2021: Questions over setting up of ICAC’s Gladys Berejiklian inquiry

02 October 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian ICAC sentences a Premier to the roughest injustice

26 July 2021: Chris Merritt with Samuel Griffith Society discussing the Obeid Case and the Presumption of Innocence. Click here for the transcript.

22 July 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Ian Macdonald and Obeid Convictions vindicate legal system, not ICAC

15 July 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian ICAC on trial as judge rules on Obeid inquiry

8 July 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian NT Parliament hopes for a resolution to Ken Fleming Controversy

1 July 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian NT anti-corruption boss Ken Fleming kept the media occupied

9 June 2021: Chris Merritt with the Centre of Independent Studies discussing if ICAC has gone too far?

22 April 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian The 16 Documents at the heart of ICAC overreach

18 February 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Reputational damage at heart of ICAC probe into Operation Bandicoot 

11 February 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald verdict can give clarity on official misconduct 

21 January 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Bleak pace of ICAC justice 

14 January  2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Richard Poole an innocent man paying the price for ICAC blunder 

26 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Why Attorney-General Christian Porter ignored the ‘expert’ analysis 

2 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Rule of law means no room for show trials 

22 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, ICAC financial dispute muddies the legal waters 

20 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, ICAC turmoil: Perfect timing for the latest show trial 

15 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Gladys Berejiklian proof that ICAC public hearings are a disgrace that must stop 

09 November 2020: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Alan Jones discussing how Federal ICAC unlike New South Wales where ‘people are convicted by headlines’ 

28 August 2020: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Sharri Markson discussing the exoneration protocol and that “It’s impossible for people to clear their names. There’s very limited accountability for ICAC.” 

Class Actions

13 January 2022: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Government can restore original goal of class actions with bill

12 November 2021: Chris Merritt Opening address to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services, Corporations Amendment (Improving Outcomes for Litigation Funding Participants) Bill 2021

11 November 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian, Parliament must protect class action customers

20 May 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Senate dithering keeps lawyers at the class-action trough

05 April 2021: Chris Merritt talking to Jason Betts about Litigation Greenmail, sourced by Daily Telegraph

10 March 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Peta Credlin discussing the Victorian government’s plan to allow contingency fees to be paid to lawyers will “supercharge” the class action industry

07 January 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, A return to sanity for disclosure class actions 

31 December 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Freeze on contingency fees in Senate crackdown led by James Paterson 

17 September 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Premier Dan Andrews at risk from his class action fees creation 

03 September 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Verdict on class actions: high costs, low benefits 

September 2020: Report Prepared by Chris Merritt on Class Actions

Rule of Law

19 May 2022: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, New National Curriculum leaves Australian school children feeling ignorant

24 February 2022: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Ukraine the front line in battle for rule of law

18 February 2022: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, DPP Sally Dowling faces a tough call on Jarryd Hayne prosecution

25 November 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian, Rebalancing the nation’s human rights dialogue

06 May 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian Importance of appeal process on show after Alan Tudge vindicated

26 March 2021:Chris Merritt on Sky News with Peta Credlin on the NSW Governments retrospective criminal laws

12 March 2021: Chris Merritt speaks at the Australian Law Reform Commission on Judicial Impartiality

11 March 2021: Chris Merritt article in the Australian Judicial commission needed to help judges’ welfare 

18 February 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Alan Jones discussing how the High Court’s verdict on the deportation of non-citizens claiming aboriginality

16 February 2021: Chris Merritt on Outsiders  “there is a distinction now in the constitution on the basis of race”. 

11 February 2021: Chris Merritt on Sky News with Peta Credlin discussing how the High Court decision should have been ‘put to the people in a referendum’ 

28 January 2021: Chris Merritt article in The Australian It’s time to simplify and clarify our corporate law 

17 December 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian War crimes can only be determined by a court 

10 December 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Ron Sackville demonstrates that royal commissioners should stick to the script 

19 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Premiers’ attacks on law the thin end of the wedge 

12 November 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian High stakes in federal Attorney-General Christian Porter’s Mark Dreyfus law 

29 October 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Christian Porter punts on junior judges for High Court 

24 September 2020: Chris Merritt article in The Australian Jim Spigelman’s Hong Kong exit sends China a clear message