The verdict is in!
“I’m noÂ law-talkin’ guy, but this seems slightly out of order:”
Sydney courts will put on trial 31 accused people-smugglers during the next six months. Today’s SMH offers anÂ extraordinary commentÂ from the Chief Judge of the District Court, Reg Blanch, who will oversee the trials:
‘’The people being tried areÂ in factÂ farmers and fishermen. None of these people are organisers of people smuggling,’’ he said.Â
Their cases, obviously, are yet to be heard â€“ but here we have Justice Blanch apparently delivering an across-the-board not-guilty verdict.
Perhaps notably, AAP’sÂ summary of the SMH’s storyÂ omits the chief judge’s line. Opinions from actual law-talkin’ types are welcome in comments.
Ah yes: and you’re no longer supposed to know what our new arrivals look like:
Australian television stations mayÂ no longer show images of asylum seekers arriving by boat. The government â€“ and the ABC, as though there’s a difference â€“ impose this new rule due to “privacy concerns”.
In a sense, this officially makes them illegal immigrants.