Geoffrey Gibson is an Australian writer now living in Yarraville Village. He practised law as either a member of the Bar or a major international law firm for more than fifty years. He presided over at least one statutory tribunal on a sessional basis for more than thirty years. He has conducted arbitrations or mediations in Australia and the U S. Three of his tax decisions were litigated as far as the High Court of Australia. He acted for or against all major Australian media, and governments, and leaders of business, and is at home with both BHP and the CFMEU.
He has published five books before on the theory and practice of the law: A Journalist’s Companion to Australian Law (Melbourne University Press); The Arbitrator’s Companion (Federation Press); Law for Directors (Federation Press); The Making of a Lawyer (What They Didn’t Teach You at Law School) (Hardie Grant); and The Common Law – A History (Australian Scholarly Publishing)). His most recent book is What’s Missing? written with the poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe.
He is now focusing on writing in general history, philosophy, and literature, fields that he was trained in, and that he has pursued over very many Summer Schools at Cambridge, Harvard, and Oxford universities.
His twenty or so eBooks so far published on Amazon include five volumes of A History of the West – The Ancient West; The Medieval West; The West Awakes; Revolutions in the West; and Twentieth Century West; Confessions of a Babyboomer; Confessions of a Barrister – Learning the Law; Parallel Trials, Socrates and Jesus; The English Difference, The Tablets of their Laws; The German Nexus, The Germans in English History; The Humility of Knowledge, Five Geniuses and God; Windows on Shakespeare; A Tale of Two Nations – Uncle Sam from Down Under; Listening to Historians – What is Truth?; Looking Down the Well – Papers on Legal History; Some History Papers – Essays on Modern History in England and Europe; Some Literary Papers – Tilting at Windmills; Summers in Oxford and Cambridge; Terror and the Police State – Punishment as a Measure of Despair; Top Shelf – Or What Used to be Called a Liberal Education; and Up Your North – Kimberley and Kakadu – A Seniors’ Guide.
The photo is not great, but at least the Wolf , who is no longer with us, came out OK. He can relax now the Demons have shed their curse, and he is confident the Storm will come back better.
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Delighted to subscribe to you blog.
Your dispensing of wisdom is missed at the Blackwood boozer.
I enjoyed your article on the “essendon 34”. Very interesting.
Peter Morris (aka red wine)
Good to hear from you. I miss the boozer, and was very sorry to hear about Jack and Alan. Enough to make you sell shares in CUB. Keep the faith – whatever it is.
Geoff, enjoying your blog immensely. I have one of my own, called The Tendentious Times, a place for me to thoughfully rant. It’s not in the same league as your writings, but pls drop in and have a quick look. My most recent is about Julian Burnside and one of his attackers. Here’s the home page –
Yes, I agree, but I fear it will bounce straight off. Keep the faith – the alternative, as I think Marilyn Monroe said about something else, hardly bears thinking of.
I’ve been following this blog with great enjoyment and even went so far as to buy and read Confessions of a Barrister. Now, I enjoyed the book but would suggest a few changes for the next edition. There are a few spelling errors but these days those are par for the course but ‘waiver’ when it should have been ‘waver’ made me chuckle.
Now, difficulty for a former federal public servant who dealt with a lot of law and difficult cases arose from the use of AAT without telling me it was not the federal lot (I did not know there was a Victorian one) and also there is (or was?) a federal group tax and it was not until I realised that there was also an apparently most peculiar Victorian thing of the same name that I could make sense of that section.
Keep up the good work and thanks for the enjoyment you’ve provided.
Very kind. The spelling gets worse with age. Now I have Dragon – dictating to the computer – there is the risk of madness too. We can only try, and hope.
I enjoy your blogs greatly and with much interest.
I like the photo of you & Wolf. I have two Border Collies called Dougie & Rover, who are the best companions out.
Thank you again for your enjoyable blogs.
Blessings to the Bow-Wows. I gave the Wolf a bone that he promptly buried and traipsed mud all over the carpet.