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Scales of Justice (ABC 1983, Bill Hunter, John Hargreaves)



These three linked dramas about corruption in the corridors of power and the police force proved highly contentious and controversial when first broadcast back in 1983, the dramas focused on a young probationary in The Job, a pair of drug squad detectives in The Game and a naive attorney general in The Numbers, very well made and with a top flight cast (including Bill Hunter, John Meillon, Nick Tate and John Hargreaves) the plays provoked a great deal of debate in the media.

Act One – The Job -about probationary Constable Webber.
Act Two – The Game was about the rivalry between two cops.
Act Three – The Numbers was about would be reforming attorney general Glen Fenis.

production details
Australia / ABC / 3×80 minute episodes / 1983

Writer: Robert Caswell
Camera: Julian Penney
Design: Neave Catchpool
Producer: Michael Carson
Director: Michael Jenkins

John Meillon as Barnes
Bill Hunter as Sgt. O’Rourke
Simon Burke as Constable Webber
John Hargreaves as Constable Borland
Tim Robertson as Sgt. Miles
Tony Barry as Nipper Jackson
Nick Tate as Attorney-General
Don Reid as Asst. Commissioner
Dennis Miller as Sgt. Draffin
Richard Meikle as Premier Cooper
Max Cullen as Roach
Frank Wilson as Sir John Ritchie
Brian McDermott as Carpenter
Isabelle Anderson as Constable Callahan
Warwick Moss as Sgt. Turner
Antoinette Byron as Prostitute