Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is Editor-at-large, The Canberra Times

David Eastman verdict unease from day one

Jack Waterford Reflecting on an unsatisfactory conviction of David Eastman.

David Eastman wants and needs a break after 19 years in prison

Commander Rick Ninnes leads David Eastman away from his Reid home after his arrest on December 23,  1992 for the murder of Colin Winchester. Eastman's subsequent conviction was quashed on Friday.

Jack Waterford For at least the next fortnight David Eastman hopes first for privacy, rest and some rest and recuperation.

David Eastman: where to now?

Jack Waterford It is a matter for the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, not the Supreme Court, whether there will be a retrial of David Eastman for the murder of Colin Winchester.

Rolls Royce money for donkey cart ride

Jack Waterford The assassination of Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester as he arrived home in Deakin in January 1989 was one of the most audacious in Australian history.

Why I won't play for team Australia

Jack Waterford I don't want to play for team Australia, or for team Abbott. And I wouldn't encourage my children to, either.

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Treasurer Andrew Barr returns, like the proverbial dog, to his stadium

Katy Gallagher revisits the City to the Lake plan every month or so.

Jack Waterford One can always tell when our beloved Treasurer and, until recently, Sports Minister, Andrew Barr, is suffering from existential angst or relevance deprivation syndrome.

Australia spruiking for a major war against Russia

Tony Abbott, and his Foreign Minister Julie Bishop?, have made a number of general expostulations expostultations of anger against Russia.

Jack Waterford "Around the world, people are crying out for justice,'' a BBC reporter intoned as he watched the ceremonial return of bodies to the Netherlands from eastern Ukraine.

Magistrate defends honour system

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Jack Waterford There is no "absolute" obligation for a magistrate to be called Your Honour.

Quality of justice very strained

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Jack Waterford “You should not call me madam. I am Your Honour,’’ an ACT magistrate told me sharply this week.

A situation developing not necessarily to our advantage

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Jack Waterford Japan is a good friend of Australia, and, most likely, a military ally in any trouble in which we get involved.

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ASIC: the chicken sent to deal with crocodiles

Jack Waterford The Australian Securities and Investments Commission received a terrible pasting from a Senate committee this week.

High Court chaplaincy ruling has judges creating new speed trap

Jack Waterford Suddenly, the High Court is again a factor in modern politics. The third arm of government, which blew the whistle this week on school chaplains for the second time, is out to confine ministers and...

Talking of cultures of entitlement

Jack Waterford Sunday column

Adroit navigation but no destination

Voters do not have a

Jack Waterford addendum column

DPP demands further say on Eastman after doubts about constitution position of inquiry

Barrister John Masters leaves the ACT Supreme Court following the decision on the inquiry into the conviction of David Eastman.

Jack Waterford The ACT Director of Public Prosecution, Jon White, has raised doubts about the constitutional validity of a Supreme Court review of the Eastman murder conviction unless he is given a further...

Day two: The hitman theory founders

Part 2: The Colin Winchester hitman theory founders

 Arrest of the Colin Winchester murder suspect, David Harold Eastman, left, at his Reid flat.

Jack Waterford When AFP Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester was shot dead, the instinct was to see it as an audacious Mafia hit.

Judge calls for Eastman submissions

David Eastman.

Jack Waterford The senior judge who will sit with two colleagues to consider the Martin report into the Eastman case has called for submissions.

Budget plan is cautious and conservative

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Jack Waterford Here's the big secret. The ACT economy is in reasonably good shape despite the heavy hits from Penny Wong it has taken.

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Was Colin Winchester the victim of a hitman after turning tables on drug farmers?

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester had supervised a sting on organised crime figures.

Jack Waterford When Canberra detectives saw the body of Colin Winchester slumped in his car in Deakin in January 1989, The killing bore all of the signs of a professional hit.

Eastman Inquiry shows importance of the nagging doubt

David Eastman.

Jack Waterford Inside the Eastman trial: how the case fell apart.