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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

National Legal Aid supports Canberra academics call for rethink on civil lawsuits

Michael Inman Australia would fail as a society if it continues to underfund its legal aid programs, a national peak body says.

Convicted killer seeks to appeal against conviction and sentence

Michael Inman The convicted killer of mother-of-three Paula Conlon has sought to overturn his sentence and conviction. But he must first convince the ACT Court of Appeal to grant him leave to appeal out of time.

Housing commissioner had no duty of care to dog attack victim, lawyers argue

Patrick Hartigan and Joanne Mangan with their son Jack, 11, who is suing the ACT Government after he was mauled by dogs at a Housing ACT property.

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman Canberra's public housing commissioner had no duty of care to a young boy mauled by two vicious dogs, lawyers argued.

Former CFMEU organiser admits taking money from a subcontractor

Former CFMEU organiser Halafihi

Michael Inman EX-CFMEU official also claimed he doesn't know why he received $32k in redundancy pay after resigning, royal commission hears.

Housing ACT washed its hands of dogs in years before savage attack, court told

Patrick Hartigan and Joanne Mangan with their son Jack, 11, who is suing the ACT Government after he was mauled by dogs at a Housing ACT property.

Michael Inman Housing ACT washed its hands of two dogs in the years before they savagely mauled a six-year-old boy, a court has heard.

Marathon $4.3 billion case against Commonwealth to continue


Michael Inman A $4.3 billion dollar claim against the Commonwealth will proceed after a Canberra judge ruled a group of Albury-based businesspeople should not pay a security before the case can proceed.

CFMEU official who allegedly solicited bribes could front royal commission Wednesday


Michael Inman Canberra construction industry veteran said rumours of union issues had only cropped up in recent years.

Tales of tragedy and union support to hit Canberra letterboxes

Jayson Bush was left in a back brace after an accident at the Nishi apartments.

Michael Inman A grief-stricken mother, crushed family, and injured worker will vouch for the good work of the construction union this week, as the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption holds...

Entry to Canberra construction market bought through bribes, royal commission into trade unions hears

CFMEU flag on a Canberra building site.

Michael Inman A Sydney tiler allegedly paid bribes to a construction union official to get work in Canberra because "that's the market", the royal commission has heard.

Repeated complaints about dogs in public housing before mauling

Jack Hartigan, now aged 11, has filed civil action against the ACT Government after he was mauled by dogs. He is with his parents, Patrick Hartigan and Joanne Mangan.

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman Govt received string of complaints about pit bulls for more than five years before savage attack on child, court hears.

CFMEU snubs royal commission into trade unions

The construction union has stormed out of royal commission into trade unions.

Michael Inman The construction union expected to boycott the commissions hearing until Thursday in protest of what it claims is a lack of procedural fairness.

Lawyers open to trials in shipping container courtrooms

Michael Inman and Tom McIlroy The Canberra legal community is open to practising in temporary shipping containers during redevelopment of the ACT Supreme Court.

Lawsuit after boy mauled by dogs at ACT Housing property

Michael Inman Jack Hartigan's first playdate was a milestone that turned into a nightmare when he was savaged by two American pit bull terriers. Now he is seeking compensation for the damage.

HECS-style scheme for lawsuits would improve access to justice, says Professor Stephen Parker

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker proposes a HECS-style scheme for civil lawsuits.

Michael Inman A HECS-style scheme to fund civil lawsuits could improve access to justice and instil confidence in democracy, a Canberra academic says.

Money for indigenous business allegedly stolen to pay for fast cars, property and overseas travel

Michael Inman More than $1.3 million of federal funds earmarked to kickstart Indigenous businesses was allegedly stolen to fund a lavish lifestyle of overseas travel and luxury cars.

Former Zimbabwean ambassador wins $180,000 in defamation case against freelance writer

Zimbabwean ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila, and her lawyer Jon May leave court.
The Canberra Times
Date: 10 July 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Michael Inman The former Zimbabwean ambassador won $180,000 in damages against a freelance writer who published false claims she had stripped in front of embassy staff.

Blood links accused man to massage shop robbery, court hears

Dramatic CCTV footage shows a staffer of a Civic massage store sustaining cuts to her forearm when she tried to stop a man taking cash from the store.

Michael Inman Police have used blood to link a Cook man to a robbery at a Civic massage business last month, a court has heard.

Accused arsonist suffered mental illness at time of fires: psychiatrist

Which way the scales of justice fall will depend on whether the accused is found to be guilty and if so if it is believed he was so unwell at the time that he did not know what he was doing was wrong.

Michael Inman A forensic psychiatrist says a Canberra man accused of lighting two fires during a total fire ban was suffering from a mania and psychotic symptoms at the time.

Man in Petterd Street Page standoff with police had been there to babysit: court hears


Michael Inman A Kambah man involved in a three hour standoff with police on Tuesday had been at the Page home to babysit, a court has heard.

Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector: survey

An online poll of members of the Master Builders ACT reported verbal and/or physical intimidation by the ACT branch of the CFMEU on Canberra building sites.

Michael Inman Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector, a survey of stakeholders says.