Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford

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

Australia spruiking for a major war 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


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

Quality of justice very strained


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


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


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.


David Eastman inquiry delivers a necessary, but very limited, finding


Jack Waterford Acting Justice Brian Martin thinks David Eastman probably guilty of murder, but that some of the evidence used to convict him was very dodgy indeed.


David Eastman inquiry shines a light on ACT justice system


Jack Waterford It is an inquiry that the ACT Supreme Court admits has uncovered issues ''which cry out for resolution''.

Budget without real vision is the cause of Tony Abbott's pain

The Abbott government appears to have lost the confidence of the electorate.

Jack Waterford More is nearly always less when it comes to middle managers, committees and ministerial advisers.

A gentleman in an unforgiving world

Jack Waterford Bill Pritchett was one of many distinguished and able public servants who was monstered by the legendary Arthur Tange - head of the Defence Department - over the years.

DPP moves to stop Eastman inquiry

David Eastman.

Jack Waterford The ACT Director of Public Prosecutions has begun court action designed to stop the David Eastman inquiry.

The real enemy lurks in own ranks

Jack Waterford The ADFA Skype affair will go into Australian defence history, perhaps deserving a place at the Australian War Memorial alongside other boorish quasi-sexual exploits by Australians at arms that the...