Full text of Professor Paul James' Inaugural Professorial Lecture at Kaleide Theatre, RMIT, in 2002. James writes: "Senior government figures are lying. They are telling lies of a very particular kind. The confronting thing however is not just what John Howard, Peter Reith or Philip Ruddock have said about the asylum seekers, but firstly that they no longer know that they are lying. They have dissembled the truth into such a legal fiction that now it depends upon QCs unravelling the intricacies of who, knew what, when. "