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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

Peter Slipper's appeal could be abandoned

Michael Inman Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper could abandon his appeal against conviction.

References to 'black babies' and 'Coon cheese' offensive, but not a breach of Racial Discrimination Act: judge

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Michael Inman An Aboriginal public servant experienced co-workers making references to “black babies” and “Coon cheese” at a staff afternoon tea.

Former South Vietnam soldier wins right to apply for Australian service pension

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Michael Inman A South Vietnam soldier is eligible to apply for Australian service pension after a tribunal found he had been ambushed by the Viet Cong in 1973.

Court case reveals high-stakes, cut-throat market for training spies

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Markus Mannheim and Michael Inman A former Canberra businessman who stole information from his employer and used it to sell training courses to a spy agency has been ordered to make a massive payout.

Jurors told to put personal views aside as accused people smuggler's trial begins

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Michael Inman Jurors have been told to put aside their personal views on boat people for the trial of an accused Indonesia people smuggler.

ASIO methods used to assess threat of would-be police officer criticised

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Markus Mannheim, Michael Inman Australian spies illegally coerced a man into speaking with them and failed to inform him of his rights, a tribunal says.

ASIO 'unlawfully' coerced man into interview

Justice Duncan Kerr has chastised ASIO and the Immigration department for their treatment of a Muslim immigrant deemed a security risk.

Markus Mannheim and Michael Inman Australian spies illegally coerced a man into speaking with them and failed to inform him of his rights, a tribunal says.

Bureaucrat's compensation denied as work counselling declared reasonable

Michael Inman A Canberra bureaucrat bullied through compulsory private counselling sessions with her supervisor has lost her fight for workers' compensation.

Damages payout for 'misuse' of top-secret security clearance

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Our internet habits are being scrutinised if not by spyware that secretly monitors every keystroke we make then by employers who want to check staff aren't bludging.
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Markus Mannheim, Michael Inman A dispute between two companies that train public servants has revealed the lucrative market value of top-secret security clearances.

Tweeting public servant loses last bid to save job

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Michaela Banerji was sacked late last year from her job at the Immigration Department after she criticised the department via an anonymous Twitter account.
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Michael Inman A public servant who was sacked for criticising the government on Twitter has lost a last gasp bid to keep her job.

'Hilton bomb' sect in legal battle over $20m empire

Michael Inman and Nino Bucci A religious sect which was linked to an unsolved Sydney terrorist attack is fighting a court battle for control of its $20 million Australian empire.

Abbott's chief of staff pleads guilty to drink driving

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Michael Inman Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s chief of staff has entered a plea of guilty to drink driving.

Secret hearing on Godwin Grech payout claim

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Michael Inman A tribunal has held a secret hearing to decide if Godwin Grech's settlement details should be made public.

Sailor with scar from lump removal wins right to plastic surgery review

Michael Inman A former sailor with a deformed surgical scar has won the right to have his request for plastic surgery considered again.

Deported people smuggler promises to warn others against trade

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Michael Inman An Indonesian rice farmer has pledged to tell his countrymen of the perils of people smuggling.

Indian couple win right to stay

Michael Inman Court Reporter An Indian couple who applied for refugee status on the grounds they are from different castes and could be killed if they were deported have won the right to stay in Australia.

Court dismisses racial discrimination case against de Castella

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Michael Inman A coach who claimed he was sacked from a volunteer position because he was white has had his claim of racial discrimination against Robert de Castella dismissed.

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Senior public servant accused of 'act of foreign interference'

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Michael Inman Australia's domestic spy agency has lost a legal battle to censor the details of alleged foreign espionage activities by a friendly nation.

Spy was identified through psychic, author says

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Nino Bucci, Michael Inman One of the weirdest espionage cases in Australian history just got weirder.

Shopping around to get disabled sterilised

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Michael Inman PARENTS and carers of the disabled are regularly doctor shopping and going abroad to have their children sterilised illegally, according to the Australian Human Rights Commission.