Kieran Pender

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News April 09, 2022

Immigration case raises concerns over High Court politicisation

A High Court decision on citizenship, seen as being as important as Mabo, is being recontested in what some experts say is an attempt at an American-style politicisation of the judiciary.

podcast March 02, 2022

The bill that could end class actions

Journalist and lawyer Kieran Pender on the new government legislation that could spell the end of class actions in Australia, and what that would mean for access to justice.

News February 26, 2022

Access to justice threatened by new rules for class actions

A federal push to change the rules around class action lawsuits will make it more difficult for people to get justice from the courts.

podcast February 16, 2022

The High Court case that could change your job

Companies like Uber and Airtasker have transformed the so-called ‘gig economy’ by hiring thousands of workers as independent contractors, rather than employees. Today, journalist Kieran Pender on the landmark high court decision, and the future of work in Australia.

News February 12, 2022

Minister’s citizenship powers go to High Court

A case before the High Court will determine whether a minister can unilaterally strip a person’s citizenship. The principle in question affects as many as one in three Australians.

podcast December 06, 2021

A spy scandal and a secret trial

Kieran Pender on the trial of Bernard Collaery, and why the government is trying so hard to keep it as secret as possible.

Opinion December 04, 2021

Inside Bernard Collaery’s trial

“Secret evidence, secret hearings and secret judgements. Each step in the prosecution of Bernard Collaery comes with another layer of opacity. If it were not so serious, the accumulation of secrecy in this case would be comedic. Secrecy heaped upon secrecy …”

News October 16, 2021

The climate case that has the Morrison government scrambling

The leaking by the Morrison government of court submissions shows its antagonistic attitude towards the judiciary, particularly in cases related to climate change.

Sport August 14, 2021

Covering the Tokyo Olympics

After a major wobble on the blocks, the Tokyo Olympics finally began, offering cheer and distraction to a Covid-ravaged world and the experience of a lifetime to those in the inner sanctum.

Sport July 10, 2021

Winter Olympics discontent

With the Beijing Winter Olympics just seven months away, calls for a diplomatic boycott over China’s human rights record are heating up.

podcast July 05, 2021

The judgement that changed climate law in Australia

In a recent landmark judgement, the federal court has found that the government owes children a duty of care in preventing harm from the impacts of climate change. The case, which centred around the proposed expansion of a NSW coal mine, could have far reaching legal implications in Australia.

Sport July 03, 2021

Tour riders wheels up for Tokyo Olympics

As if the narrow time frame between the Tour de France and the Tokyo Olympics men’s road race isn’t challenging enough, Covid-19 puts another spoke in the wheel.

podcast June 29, 2021

Cancel culture hits the High Court

Physicist Peter Ridd was fired after he publicly criticised his colleague’s research on the Great Barrier Reef, but what started as an employment dispute has become a test case on climate denial and cancel culture.

News June 26, 2021

Peter Ridd’s High Court case

An employment dispute has become a test case on climate denial, cancel culture and academic freedom.

podcast June 23, 2021

The world’s first pandemic games

Tens of thousands of athletes and officials are about to descend on Tokyo as the city prepares to host the 32nd Olympic games. But with Covid-19 cases surging in Japan, health experts and the majority of the Japanese public are opposed to the event being held at all. Today, Kieran Pender on the vested interests behind this pandemic Olympics.

Sport March 06, 2021

Australian Sports Commission chair Josephine Sukkar

She may not have played much sport as a kid, but Josephine Sukkar has always been a keen sideline supporter. Now the Sydney businesswoman has jumped in the ring as the first female chair of the Australian Sports Commission.

Sport September 12, 2020

The trials of Equestrian Australia

A tumultuous dispute at Equestrian Australia has seen the government revoke its funding and the Australian Olympic Committee withdraw recognition. With a postponed Tokyo Games looming in July 2021, where to now for the sport’s peak body?

News August 01, 2020

Suing for climate action

In the face of the government’s inaction on the climate emergency, activists are turning to ‘world first’ lawsuits in an attempt to bring about change.

Sport March 21, 2020

Organised sport out for the count

As coronavirus sweeps the planet, sport has become one of its many casualties. Olympic athletes have been left in limbo, with the Tokyo Games yet to be cancelled.

Sport February 22, 2020

Inside the AIS

The Australian Institute of Sport has long produced our Olympic hopefuls. Is the model still fit for purpose, or is an overhaul overdue?

news December 21, 2019

Examining the second draft of religion bill

Five years after George Brandis declared ‘people have the right to be bigots’, the government wants that proposition enshrined in law.

Sport December 14, 2019

Track cycling world champion Stephanie Morton

Following Anna Meares’ retirement, Stephanie Morton has emerged as Australia’s new track sprinting star. This weekend the reigning world champion races in Brisbane, but her sights are firmly set on Tokyo 2020.

Sport September 21, 2019

Amanda Spratt’s cycling hopes

Australian cyclist Amanda Spratt had her best season yet in 2018 – but fell just short of the world title. Can she go one better this year?

Sport August 31, 2019

Boomers set to take on the world

Fresh from a historic win over the United States, Australia’s basketballers head to the FIBA World Cup in China with their sights set on a medal.

Sport July 27, 2019

Two-time Tour de France stage-winner Caleb Ewan

Once heralded as ‘cycling’s next big thing’, Caleb Ewan was controversially left off his team’s 2018 Tour de France roster. Given a start this year with Lotto Soudal, the Australian sprinter has now rewarded the Belgian outfit with two stage wins.

Sport July 06, 2019

Lydia Williams, the conqueror

An early exit from the FIFA Women’s World Cup left the Matildas bitterly disappointed. But for Indigenous goalkeeper Lydia Williams it just offers another opportunity to overcome adversity.

Sport June 22, 2019

Matildas live their ‘never say die’ motto

After a tumultuous few months marred by speculation and scrutiny, the Matildas’ fightback against Brazil showed a team determined to prove its critics wrong.

Sport May 11, 2019

Australian cycling team’s world stage

How Mitchelton-Scott, Australia’s only World Tour cycling team, is scaling the heights of road racing.

News March 23, 2019

The public service code of conduct

A Canberra public servant’s anonymous posts on social media led to her sacking and now to the High Court in a free speech case with far-reaching consequences for the federal government.