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Greg Barns

Greg Barns is National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

He has been a non-executive director at several small cap mining and exploration companies and was inaugural CEO of the Australian Gold Council from 2000-2002.

He is also a former state and federal government adviser and a Hobart based author. He is a former adviser to New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner and federal Finance Minister John Fahey. Greg Barns ran the 1999 Republic Referendum campaign with Malcolm Turnbull. He is the author of What’s Wrong with the Liberal Party? (2003) and Selling the Australian Government: Politics and Propaganda from Whitlam to Howard (2005).

Greg Barns is a former senior advisor to the Howard Government. After being disendorsed as Liberal candidate for the Tasmanian seat of Denison he joined the Democrats. He was chair of the Australian Republican Movement from 1999-2002. Greg lives in Hobart and is a weekly columnist with the Hobart Mercury.


Don't undermine our future
September 2012 Feature - 28/09/2012 - 40 comments
The rebel is the pure soul
January 2012 Feature - 13/01/2012 - 11 comments
Mean-spirited and xenophobic
Law & Liberties - 1/09/2011 - 12 comments
Mandatory jail terms for young offenders undermine the pillars of our democracy
Law & Liberties - 9/06/2011 - 7 comments
Canada shows Australia the future of politics
International - 6/05/2011 - 2 comments
Needed financial reforms
February 2011 Feature - 7/03/2011 - 2 comments
Wikileaks reveals how the US meddles in South America
December 2010 Feature - 22/12/2010 - 5 comments
Backs to financial future
Domestic Politics - 30/11/2010 - 19 comments
Remaking the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as a chamber ensemble would pay dividends
November 2010 Feature - 17/11/2010 - 1 comment
Watson and double jeopardy: where do we stand
Law & Liberties - 12/11/2010 - 22 comments
Generational selfishness
Society - 19/08/2010 - 27 comments
Greens power supply
Domestic Politics - 22/07/2010 - 11 comments
Tasmania's election leaves us asking, 'what the hell is going on?'
Domestic Politics - 12/04/2010 - 13 comments
Ray Martin is right
Political Philosophy - 1/02/2010 - 28 comments
Refuge from double standards
Media - 19/01/2010 - 23 comments
A presumption of jury prejudice
Law & Liberties - 17/11/2009 - 2 comments
All is not well in the asylum
Society - 20/10/2009 - 63 comments
'Kevin Rudd is my Facebook friend ...'
September 2009 Feature - 29/09/2009 - 3 comments
Australia should be doing the Latin American tango
International - 25/06/2009
Selective compassion
Society - 27/02/2009 - 16 comments
On Rudd’s prognostications
Political Philosophy - 6/02/2009 - 23 comments
Consumer the fall guy for strangled capitalism
Economics - 28/01/2009 - 11 comments
West weak while Palestinians pay
International - 6/01/2009 - 15 comments
Sex and 'The Simpsons'
Law & Liberties - 17/12/2008 - 10 comments
Time to put the small 'l' back into Liberal
Domestic Politics - 15/12/2008 - 23 comments
Our jelly backed PM
Law & Liberties - 23/10/2008 - 14 comments
Thrills and spills all the way
Domestic Politics - 17/09/2008 - 18 comments
Why Australians deserve a right to privacy
Law & Liberties - 15/08/2008 - 12 comments
Make mine freedom
Domestic Politics - 25/06/2008 - 29 comments
Determining a republican model
Political Philosophy - 22/04/2008 - 15 comments
Sorry episode needs right apology
Law & Liberties - 8/01/2008 - 41 comments
If music be food of love we are starved of affection
The Arts - 31/12/2007 - 56 comments
Brown paves the way for Rudd
Law & Liberties - 30/10/2007 - 7 comments
Turnbull key to reshaping Libs
Domestic Politics - 26/09/2007 - 9 comments
Politics and the art of war
The Arts - 31/08/2007 - 2 comments
Penalty redoubled
Law & Liberties - 16/07/2007 - 21 comments
Ali is pop star of intolerance
Religion & Spirituality - 4/06/2007 - 124 comments
Taking a bite of the apple
Domestic Politics - 8/05/2007 - 1 comment
Stoned stupidity
Society - 18/04/2007 - 81 comments
When relationships prove to be a headache
International - 15/03/2007 - 11 comments
Refugees and asylum-seekers no threat to our security
Domestic Politics - 5/03/2007 - 17 comments
Pacific 'death struggle' that undermines Australia
International - 21/02/2007 - 3 comments
Planned mining reforms just scratch surface
Nation Building - 1/02/2007 - 7 comments
Prosperity with purpose - a fresh approach to some unfinished business
Law & Liberties - 15/12/2006 - 4 comments
Fresh eyes on Beijing
Domestic Politics - 12/12/2006 - 4 comments
Banged up without rights
Health - 22/11/2006 - 12 comments
On guns - look Down Under
International - 25/10/2006 - 11 comments
Terrifying misconduct
International - 13/10/2006 - 38 comments
For Queen or country
Political Philosophy - 3/10/2006 - 10 comments
Australia's foreign-policy juggling act
International - 14/09/2006 - 2 comments
Mixed signals on free trade
Domestic Politics - 29/08/2006 - 1 comment
The murky world of war
International - 15/08/2006 - 123 comments
Promised land a hollow promise
International - 25/07/2006 - 133 comments
Wanted: an innovative Australian solution
International - 13/07/2006 - 8 comments
Separation of powers? Is that a trick question?
Political Philosophy - 28/06/2006 - 25 comments
Better in the long run
Sport - 20/06/2006 - 4 comments
Reconciliation spirit is vital
Indigenous Affairs - 1/06/2006 - 31 comments
The scourge of chequebook diplomacy
International - 8/05/2006 - 9 comments
The new Oz lit - superficial, politically correct tomes
The Arts - 27/04/2006 - 9 comments
Tasmania faces minority rule
Domestic Politics - 17/03/2006 - 7 comments
Going for gold via the Eastern Bloc
Sport - 15/03/2006 - 14 comments
Cynical play for the Right
Domestic Politics - 3/03/2006 - 51 comments
'Shock-jock' policies are driving mentally ill people into jails
Law & Liberties - 21/02/2006 - 10 comments
Tiptoeing around China's ire
International - 8/02/2006 - 10 comments
Australian manufacturing swamped by the Chinese tsunami?
January 2006 Feature - 18/01/2006 - 67 comments
New law on suicide attacks freedom
Law & Liberties - 9/01/2006 - 32 comments
Australia - a racist backwater
Society - 22/12/2005 - 262 comments
Amnesty failed Nguyen Tuong Van
International - 16/12/2005 - 22 comments
Nguyen Tuong Van's death is a wake up call: legalise illicit drugs
Law & Liberties - 5/12/2005 - 61 comments
The hypocrisy of the media
Media - 15/11/2005 - 5 comments
Spotlight on Bolivia
International - 4/11/2005 - 2 comments
I'm quite contrary about Our Mary
Media - 18/10/2005 - 27 comments
Anti-terror laws make a Federal Bill of Rights more necessary
Law & Liberties - 21/09/2005 - 33 comments
An Australian food campaign that is not fair dinkum at all
Economics - 8/08/2005 - 33 comments
The paradox of Bob Carr
Domestic Politics - 28/07/2005 - 4 comments
Hand in hand: ID card and a Bill of Rights
Law & Liberties - 22/07/2005 - 25 comments
Let's get serious about public transport
July 2005 Feature - 4/07/2005 - 18 comments
Carnegie Hall to be given a new lease on life
The Arts - 1/07/2005 - 1 comment
'Deep Throat', Nixon and Watergate
International - 3/06/2005 - 2 comments
Liberal Party rats in the ranks
Domestic Politics - 31/05/2005 - 5 comments
Joseph Ratzinger delivers an uncompromising message
Religion & Spirituality - 22/04/2005 - 90 comments
Charles and Camilla - what a fiasco!
Society - 8/04/2005 - 9 comments
Newmont Mining in Indonesia: Six employees held over pollution allegations
Environment - 1/04/2005 - 3 comments
Change of tune needed for the TSO and all state orchestras
The Arts - 22/03/2005 - 7 comments
Michael Tippett - A composer 'of our times'
The Arts - 17/03/2005
Caught between China and America
International - 25/02/2005 - 3 comments
Democracy is always exported, but most frequently without success
February 2005 Feature - 14/02/2005 - 4 comments
Cool heads and mediation
Law & Liberties - 8/02/2005
The day of the liberal Liberal is at hand
Domestic Politics - 3/02/2005 - 10 comments
Latham the victim
Domestic Politics - 24/01/2005 - 7 comments
Our cynical and selective compassion
International - 20/01/2005 - 12 comments
Give tsunami refugees a home in Australia
International - 14/01/2005 - 4 comments
'Sorry' is the first step in a bold move forward
Indigenous Affairs - 14/12/2004 - 3 comments
Compulsory voting: Democracy at work
Domestic Politics - 8/12/2004 - 6 comments
P2P is here to stay: Music companies must get real
Media - 1/12/2004 - 3 comments
Xavier Herbert remembered
The Arts - 15/11/2004 - 3 comments
Book Review: 'The seduction of reason: The intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to postmodernism'
Society - 13/10/2004
Same old, same old: Tasmanian old growth forests are a lost opportunity
Domestic Politics - 6/10/2004
In defence of Ross Cameron
Domestic Politics - 24/08/2004
At least Richard Nixon understood the intricacies of global diplomacy
International - 9/08/2004
Play School exposes a nation's latent homophobic tendencies
Law & Liberties - 15/06/2004 - 1 comment
The Greens are just as cynical as the other parties
Domestic Politics - 8/06/2004
Australia's orchestras are in for a shake-up - and not before time.
The Arts - 1/06/2004
Helen Clark's humanitarian approach to internationalism has fans over here
International - 25/05/2004
Homosexuals have a basic human right to formally marry their partner
Law & Liberties - 30/04/2004 - 1 comment
The feather and the bone - a difference in approach to Indigneous issues
Indigenous Affairs - 22/04/2004
Don't kid yourself about Latham's 'new politics', those are old tactics
Domestic Politics - 7/04/2004
Australia needs more new talented visionaries speaking out for our future
Domestic Politics - 26/03/2004
Howard Dean's legacy may be a better way forward for democratic activity
International - 2/03/2004
Is the opportunity cost of our FTA with the US better trade with Asia?
Economics - 17/02/2004
Labor's continued 'me-tooism' gives false hope of a real alternative
Domestic Politics - 20/01/2004
Colin Barnett is a good leader - only fools would dump him now
Domestic Politics - 13/01/2004
Mark Latham is nothing more than a weaker version of John Howard
Domestic Politics - 8/01/2004
How to keep record sales profitable despite the ease of file-swapping
The Arts - 29/10/2003 - 1 comment
Could Malcolm Turnbull MP make a difference to the Liberal Party?
Domestic Politics - 9/10/2003
Australia doesn't deserve to be Chair of the Human Rights Committee
Domestic Politics - 23/09/2003
The courts can act quickly to stop harm caused by government policies
Law & Liberties - 10/09/2003
The death penalty may be final but it's not foolproof and won't stop terrorism
Law & Liberties - 21/08/2003
The IPA is not a suitable body to conduct a review into NGOs
Domestic Politics - 5/08/2003
A little mediation might have saved Qld's Chief Magistrate from jail
Law & Liberties - 30/07/2003
The West's, and Australia's, obsession with border protection is unrealistic
Domestic Politics - 10/07/2003
Child abuse campaigners overstep the mark in making their case
Law & Liberties - 27/05/2003
The Nation is best served when our leader must answer to the people
Domestic Politics - 16/05/2003
John Howard's eventual resignation could spell the end of the liberal party
Domestic Politics - 1/05/2003
John Howard should follow Thabo Mbeki if he wants to show leadership
International - 27/03/2003
Ten years on, we all miss the clash of visionary leaders Keating and Hewson
Domestic Politics - 13/03/2003
Hollingworth's partisan comments on Iraq mean he must resign
Domestic Politics - 27/01/2003
Australia must help with the human cost of war in Iraq, too
International - 6/01/2003
Does Bob Brown deliver what Green voters ask of him?
Domestic Politics - 10/12/2002
The British Monarchy - and its dirty laundry - have got to go
Domestic Politics - 20/11/2002
To win the War on Terror we must protect democracy as well as our lives
Law & Liberties - 15/11/2002
Keeping government honest is up to all of us
Domestic Politics - 6/11/2002
Keating was right - the Palace doesn't mind
Domestic Politics - 28/10/2002
The US must work with its allies for genuine improvements in Iraq
International - 15/09/2002
Partisan games will never get us a republic
Political Philosophy - 15/09/2002
What happened in the Tasmanian election
Domestic Politics - 22/07/2002
The Tampa issue, twelve months on
Domestic Politics - 22/07/2002
‘Welfare to Work’ - the new poverty trap? A Liberal response
Society - 15/07/2002
The International Criminal Court will strengthen Australia's global standing
International - 15/06/2002
Political demographics re-aligned
Domestic Politics - 15/05/2002
Afghans saving Aussie bacon
Nation Building - 15/05/2002
Australia must let go of the Queen mother and the past she represented
International - 30/04/2002
New values desperately needed
International - 15/11/2001
The Australian government has missed the boat on refugees
Nation Building - 15/05/2001
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