The Attorney who chooses his battles, too rarely

Jack Waterford
Updated November 26 2023 - 10:36am, first published November 24 2023 - 1:15pm

It is one of the tragedies of the life of Mark Dreyfus, KC, twice Attorney-General with scores of legal initiatives attached to his name, that he is not acknowledged, even on his own side of politics, as a crusading law reformer, in the manner say, of Lionel Murphy, Kep Enderby, or even Gareth Evans. Paul Keating might remark sourly that this is because it is Labor which writes history - and particularly its own history. Many important Labor constituencies spend more time complaining about some of his measures than in praising him.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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