Greg Barns is a barrister and writer. He is the author of four books on Australian politics, including Whats Wrong with the Liberal Party? and Rise of the Right. Greg was a political staffer for ten years and ran the 1999 Republic Referendum campaign for Malcolm Turnbull. He was disendorsed by the Liberal Party in Tasmania in 2002 for his opposition to the Howard government's asylum seeker policies. Greg is an adviser to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and was National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance from 2011-12. He practices in the areas of criminal law and human rights, and teaches in RMIT University's Law program. Greg writes a weekly column for the Hobart Mercury, as well as contributing regularly to Crikey.