Mr. Neal Is Entitled to Be an Agitator

Australia, 1991

Film
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This film takes its title from the judgement handed down by Lionel Murphy in favour of a Queensland Aboriginal activist. Judge Lionel Murphy (1922-1986), noted for legal reforms such as the Family Law Act and Trade Practices Act, was the most senior judicial figure in the modern history of the Commonwealth to be charged with a criminal offence. The film examines the events surrounding this controversial case with Murphy battling to retain his position on the High Court during the last years of his life. In a wider sense, the film considers some of the more fundamental issues about Australian law, the role of the police and security and surveillance in Australia.

Credits

director

Daryl Dellora

producer

Sue Maslin

production company

Film Art Doco Pty Ltd

Language

English

Duration

00:58:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

37484

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Law - Australia

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Australia - Politics and government

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Law - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Political activists

People → Murphy, Lionel, 1922-1986

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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