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With all due respect? Should we cheque before publishing?

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Cite as: (2009) 83(02) LIJ, p. 88

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Sydney-based Persian Gulf Weekly has doffed its hat to the LIJ subscription and advertising team.

It seems the Weekly was so impressed with the LIJ’s advertisement booking contract that it did not want to change a single thing when it began using the template (without telling us), including all references to the LIV.

It was of great interest to us at WADR that the Weekly, when outlining payment options to potential customers, advised that a tax invoice would be forwarded to them in the month their advertisement appeared in the LIJ.

Then, to frank the Weekly’s benevolence, it advised that all cheques should be made payable to the Law Institute of Victoria.

When advised of this oversight the Weekly was quick to inform us that a contractor designed the format in 2007 and it knew nothing of it, but would remove the accidental inclusions.

Just to prove that we know how to return a favour, the Weekly can be found at

Dispatches to the offices of the LIJ suggest last year’s International Bar Association Annual Conference in Buenos Aires was not all fun in the sun for some of the 4000 delegates.

It appears that while the general theme inside the conference hotel revolved around the rule of law, outside lawlessness reigned supreme.

At last count 17 legal eagles had been mugged and robbed within close proximity to the hotel where the conference was staged last October.

Also during the same week a busload of African representatives was held up and relieved of their wallets and jewellery.

However, delegates didn’t even need to leave the precincts of the hotel to be mugged as the hotel’s money machine was found to be dispensing counterfeit notes.

Perhaps the location of the next IBA conference should remain “top secret”.

Closer to home and we feel for the organisers of the opening of the County Court Koori Court in a regional Victorian courthouse.

Things began well enough when, out of respect, the organisers invited representatives of the original owners of the land to conduct an Aboriginal “smoking ceremony” – in line with a growing tradition when opening new Koori Courts in Victoria.

The ceremony begins by tossing a pile of green leaves on to a small fire, resulting in billowing smoke that covers the participants’ bodies as they walk through it.

The smoke is meant to cleanse the individual and the general area; it is all about leaving behind troubles and beginning something new.

But, remembering Murphy’s Law, well-laid plans to have the fire alarms turned off during said ceremony went awry.

And soon after said smoke did billow and said alarms did bellow.

Our spies tell us the sight of dozens of guests standing in a courtroom, surrounded by smoke and clasping their hands over their ears as the alarms wailed, was not part of the original vision.

Miss Demeanour’s guide to life, love, law – and disorder

Dear Miss Demeanour

I have just come home from my seventh shocker of a date in a dispiriting row. It’s like I’m working my way through a therapy group. They all look pretty good during the entrée, but by coffee I’m screaming (on one occasion, not on the inside). What do you do when you’ve lost your ability to pick a decent piece of prey from the crowded bar pack?

Regards, Desperate and Dateless

Dear Desperate and Dateless

I’ve been banging on about this for a while now, but it’s all about disclosure. Believe the good news: the prospectus will be your salvation.

Scoff not. If a company wants to attract investors, the law requires the company to tell people about the rights attaching to the shares in the company as well as its financial performance and prospects. It should be no different when attracting one’s mate:

1. Rights attaching to the relationship: Will you regularly and without prompting receive flowers, custom jewellery and dresses the envy of your gal pals?

2. Financial performance: Has he provided audited balance sheets for his personal finances for at least the past five years? GFC-related warning: is he sufficiently diversified? Does he have a budget line for discretionary (aka girlfriend) spending?

3. Prospects: Does he still live with mum? Is he on track for senior associate? Will his hairline recede unattractively rapidly?

I leave you with this: Saturday night, you’re chatting to a lovely. As he leaves he slips you a glossy prospectus with a knowing wink. Ahoy, sailor. Could the law be any hotter?


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