Clinics push manopause lie to cash in
for NSW NSW, why h can’t we have something similar in Queensland?
“It’s not about interfering in specific cases, it’s about reform – are they getting through their cases, consistency in sentencing, and are they spending their money wisely?
“Why shouldn’t that be scrutinised? The courts are not above the people.”
Mr Newman said a judicial commission i could determine whether individual judges were carrying their fair share of cases.
“Some, perhaps, are not working hard enough,” he said.
Mr Newman said a justice commission could also address the soaring cost of court action.
He said many people simply could not afford the justice they deserved.
The costs were higher if the courts were not operating efficiently and cases were dragged out, he said.
“Why should it be so expensive to go to court in Queensland?
“Why should Queenslanders be precluded from going to court simply because they can’t afford it?
“Legal aid is all very well, but if there is a serious issue and you have to go to court, it is going to cost you a lot of money.
‘‘Why is that the case? Why should it be only the rich who have access to justice?
“What innovations can the courts and our leading jurists suggest that will make the courts more accessible, rather than line the pockets of lawyers?”
Mr Newman also criticised the Law Society.
“I am deeply disappointed at the way the legal fraternity continues to defend the status quo rather than be prepared to look at reforms and efficiencies.”
He said all business, gov- ernment departments and even the not-for-profit sector were subjected to ongoing reform and scrutiny. But somehow the courts had succeeded in placing themselves “way above the people”.
‘‘Rather than seeking to do a better job, lawyers and the courts were constantly asking, ‘Give me more staff, give me more money’.
“If we follow the NSW model, I think that out of 10 judicial officers, in my humble opinion, only three of them should be judges.” PRIVATE doctors are pushing the myth of a widespread male menopause to cash in on the fears of middle-aged men worried about their sexual performance, a leading doctor has warned.
Dr Richard Quinton said there was no “andropause” or “manopause”, and 98 per cent of men continue to produce the male sex hormone testosterone throughout their lives.
The consultant endocrinologist at Newcastle University Hospital in the UK said that unlike the female menopause, which affects all women, just 2 per cent of men suffer a shutdown of testosterone.
“When you hear testosterone prescribers say, ‘ Ah, andropause – that’s 40 per cent of older men’, that’s … complete drivel,” Dr Quinton said.
Private clinics are offering testosterone replacement therapy, claiming it will restore sexual desire and treat erectile dysfunction and depression.
Dr Quinton said there was a group of frail men who would benefit from additional testosterone – those with anaemia. Of those, a study found one in five were producing no testosterone but were not being helped.
But Dr Quinton told the British Science Festival in Hull: “We know men having maybe a minor sexual issue, having a random blood test and given testosterone they really didn’t need.”