The Hanson trial: please explain?

Mackenzie, Geraldine (2004) The Hanson trial: please explain? Southern Cross University Law Review, 8. pp. 162-176. ISSN 1329-3737

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In what has been described in the media as one of the most sensational and unusual years in Queensland's legal history, the 2003 criminal trial of Pauline Hanson, former MP and founder of the political party Pauline Hanson's One Nation was the most sensational event of them all. Pauline Hanson and her co-accused David Ettridge were convicted
and sentenced to three years imprisonment on fraud charges under the Criminal Code (Qld) (the Code), relating to their part in the registration of the political party.
What particularly characterised this event was not so much the trial itself, which was relatively uneventful considering the identity of the accused, but the extensive public debate and media coverage following their conviction and imprisonment on 20 August 2003.
Pending the hearing of their appeal, unsuccessful applications for bail were taken as far as the High Court. Ultimately, on 6 November 2003, the Queensland Court of Appeal quashed all the convictions and ordered that verdicts of acquittal be entered. Much media analysis has followed, but little discussion of the charges, sentence and appeal process. This article analyses what occurred, and asks the question: Is there really any explaining to do, or were the eventual acquittals an example of due process in accordance with the rule of law? The article also examines the impact of the extraordinary media coverage of the case.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law (Up to 31 Mar 2007)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law (Up to 31 Mar 2007)
Date Deposited: 22 May 2009 11:39
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 02:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pauline Hanson; One Nation; trial; Hanson trial
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160203 Courts and Sentencing
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470199 Communication and media studies not elsewhere classified
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440203 Courts and sentencing
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4804 Law in context > 480410 Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified

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