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news April 30, 2016
Manus, Nauru detention: this is not our Australia
As PNG rules detention on Manus Island illegal, the situation on Nauru worsens daily, with self-harm and child suicide attempts rife.
news April 16, 2016
Inner-city lockout laws versus a 24-hour environment
As Sydney equates declining assault rates with late-night lockout laws, Melbourne is eager to become a 24-hour city.
news April 23, 2016
60 Minutes crew released in Beirut
A TV crew’s botched child recovery bid has left a trail of damaged reputations and questions of how far is too far in journalism.
news April 09, 2016
Wilson Security’s appalling record on Nauru
As stories emerge of contractors beating children on Nauru, Wilson Security’s entire operation looks increasingly broken.
news April 02, 2016
Family violence royal commission finds patterns of failure
In its report, the Royal Commission into Family Violence, having heard myriad stories of institutional failure, calls for systemic change, from funding arrangements to intervention responses and rehabilitation.
news March 25, 2016
Joseph Acquaro and the Calabrian Mafia
The murder of lawyer Joseph Acquaro might have opened another chapter in Melbourne’s gangland wars. But it’s also part of the longer story of the Calabrian Mafia’s seeming ability to avoid investigation and prosecution.
news March 19, 2016
Numan Haider inquest reveals policing oversights
The inquest into the shooting of radicalised teenager Numan Haider reveals ASIO phone taps not shared with police, which might have saved him and officers from being put in harm’s way.
news March 12, 2016
Bushfire prevention strategy questioned after Lancefield
After the Lancefield fires, caused by a planned burn, the Victorian government has backed away from Black Saturday royal commission recommendations. But communities remain mistrustful of new strategies.
news March 05, 2016
Cardinal George Pell’s royal commission testimony
The remarkable part of George Pell’s royal commission testimony is not its insensitivity but what it asks people to believe.
news February 27, 2016
Policing domestic violence
As the victim of a violent, menacing partner, Mary turned to the police for help. Years later, she feels as vulnerable as ever.
news February 20, 2016
Backlash against CSIRO’s ‘cowboy’ chief Larry Marshall
As Larry Marshall signals cuts to various programs, CSIRO staff say he is either out of his depth or has questionable motives – or both.
news February 13, 2016
Closing the Gap a ritual of empty words
Malcolm Turnbull’s first Closing the Gap address acknowledges shortcomings and delivers platitudes but fails to make progress.
news February 06, 2016
The lawful truth of the High Court’s offshore detention decision
The High Court’s ruling that offshore detention is legal has cruelly condemned 37 Australian-born babies to a life of uncertainty on a bleak island. What was the government's ‘sleight of hand’ that protected our immigration policy?