Ben Jellis rss

Zero tolerance? Morally bankrupt

8 June 2013

It is a basic principle of justice that a wrongdoer should not receive a punishment that is out of proportion to their moral culpability. So, when working out a jail… Read more

Bad sports

16 February 2013

Last week, an Australian Crime Commission report into links between drugs and sport was released in the most theatrical of circumstances. Its public launch was attended by Home Affairs and… Read more

A Giant miscalculation

16 June 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was once a Mormon missionary in Europe. The challenge gave him the political skills you can only learn as a 19-year-old American in a suit,… Read more

Boy am I glad to escape the Old Dart

11 September 2011

The London riots are only the beginning of the UK’s troubles It was almost the very day I arrived back in Melbourne, after a year of living in the United… Read more

Preaching to the converted

16 July 2011

With the world watching the incredible drama surrounding the Murdoch press in England as it junks the 168-year-old News of the World, it is timely to consider the health of… Read more

Don’t cut the characters out of sport

19 March 2011

Brendan Fevola is another tragic sacrifice to the sporting cult of ‘brand management’ Last week, the US television network ABC broadcast an unusual exclusive. Fallen television star Charlie Sheen had… Read more

Should I stay or should I go?

2 June 2010

On Black Saturday, the day of the worst natural disaster in Australian history, Christine Nixon, then Chief Commissioner of Police and a statutory head of emergency response in Victoria, spent… Read more

A gutless underbelly

31 March 2010

The 1960s trial of standover men Ronnie and Reggie Kray, known to history as the Kray twins, was one of the most notorious of the last century. The pair had… Read more