Ackland graduated with degrees in economics and law in the early 1970s and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales before going on to pursue a career in journalism.
In 1986, he founded his law publishing company, Law Press of Australia, and since then has continued to be the publisher of two important Australian legal journals, Justinian and the Gazette of Law and Journalism.
Moving to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in the 1980s, Ackland was appointed the host Late Night Live on ABC Radio National. Subsequently he was host of the ABC Radio National breakfast program, Daybreak.
From 1998 to 1999, Ackland was the presenter of the ABC-TV show Media Watch. During this time, he was awarded a Gold Walkley (Australian journalism's most prestigious award) together with colleagues Deborah Richards and Anne Connolly, for their expose of the notorious cash for comment affair.
Ackland stopped being employed as a regular columnist by Fairfax in June 2014 to write for The Saturday Paper - which can be obtained in most local inner-city amenities.
As of July 2014, Ackland is employed as the Legal Editor at Large at the Guardian Australia.
- Law Press of Australia
- Fairfax press law column
- Richard Ackland at saxton..com
- The Sydney Morning Herald
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