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Queen's Birthday honours list: the highlights

NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst in his chambers above the Supreme Courts who is on the Queen's Honours list. Sydney CBD. 6th june 2014. Photo by Tamara Dean

The Queen's Birthday honours list features Australians from all walks of life - from the state's top judge to a Fairy called Sparkle. The Herald spoke to some of the recipients.

Free speech appeal fails over critical letters to Diggers

Muslim cleric Sheik Haron holds a sign out the front of  Downing Centre courts today 9th of Febuary, 2010. Sheik Haron sent hate mail to Australian war widows. Sydney, NSW. Photo by kate geraghty

Bianca Hall A SELF-STYLED Muslim imam accused of sending offensive letters to the families of dead Diggers has had his appeal against the charge dismissed.

Casino did not exploit man who spent $1.5b, rules High Court

High Roller Harry Kakavas is suing Crown Casino for 30 million. Pictured outside the Casino today. Age News Pic taken by John Woudstra March 7 2007
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Heath Aston Punters have no one to blame but themselves after the High Court found Crown Casino was not responsible for the losses of a gambling addict who churned through $1.

'Humble barrister' set for High Court

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Dan Harrison and Geesche Jacobsen A sawmiller's son with a black belt in taekwondo appointed Australia's 49th High Court judge.

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Black belt barrister to fight for justice from the High Court bench

Stephen Gageler

Dan Harrison, Geesche Jacobsen A SAWMILLER'S son with a black belt in taekwondo was yesterday appointed Australia's 49th High Court judge.

Tobacco giants' challenge based on fatal flaw: court

Amy Corderoy Big tobacco's arguments in a High Court challenge to plain packaging were based on a ''fatal'' flaw, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia has ruled.

Blue sketch inadmissible as senior judges walk out

Diana Bryant

Eamonn Duff The Chief Justice of the Family Court, Diana Bryant, has been forced to apologise to some of Australia's most senior judges after they stormed out of a dinner hosted by her which featured a sexually...

Comedy duo award court their costs

Rick Feneley A comedy duo have waived their fee to the Family Court after their risque performance at a conference provoked a walkout by some of the nation's most senior judges.

High Court gives Fortescue nod to challenge mining tax

A reclaimer operates at Fortescue Herb Elliott Port in Port Hedland, Western Australia February 8, 2012. Fortescue Metals Group Chief Executive Officer Nev Power said on Thursday that the company would consider selling stakes in some of its mines. Picture taken February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Fortescue/Handout (AUSTRALIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Phillip Coorey THE federal government faces a fresh threat to its plan to return the budget to surplus after the High Court agreed on Monday to hear a challenge to the mining tax by the minerals boss Andrew Forrest.

Fortescue's challenge to mining tax approved

Phillip Coorey THE federal government faces a fresh threat to its plan to return the budget to surplus after the High Court agreed on Monday to hear a challenge to the mining tax by the minerals boss Andrew Forrest.

High Court stops child sex case against Moti

Julian Moti

The High Court has halted child sex charges against former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti.

Obama dines on Australian lamb

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama is dining on Australian lamb and wines at a parliamentary dinner hosted by the prime minister.

Speaker's clean-up parliament campaign

Don Woolford Speaker Harry Jenkins appears to have embarked on a campaign to get much of the nastiness out of question time.

Gillard's tough as nails and will stay PM: Swan

Julia Gillard

Larine Statham Prime Minister Julia Gillard is as tough as nails and will lead Labor for a long time to come, Treasurer Wayne Swan says.

A matter of judgment

Julia Gillard

Michael Gordon If Julia Gillard was shell-shocked after what may well be the most bruising week of her turbulent prime ministership, she gave no hint of it on Thursday night when she appeared on the basketball...

Gillard resolute on her criticism of Chief Justice

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Phillip Coorey JULIA GILLARD has stood by her comments regarding the Chief Justice of the High Court, Robert French, saying she was just trying to explain why the government thought its legal advice regarding the...

Labor split over asylum

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Phillip Coorey THE federal government is split and Julia Gillard faces fresh doubts about her leadership as she grapples with the problem of where to send asylum seekers after the High Court torpedoed the Malaysia...

High Court ruling leaves doubts of legality of offshore processing: PM

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard says it is unclear whether the High Court decision on the Malaysian asylum seeker swap deal rules out any offshore processing in the future.

Future of offshore deals in doubt: Gillard

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard says it is not clear whether the High Court decision on the Malaysian asylum seeker swap deal rules out any offshore processing in the future.

Asylum seekers decision set to rule out other offshore centres

Australian politicians should show courage.

Phillip Coorey Urgent legal advice sought by the Gillard government shows that all offshore processing - including on Nauru and Manus Island - could be invalid.

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