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News November 09, 2019
Activism and secondary boycotts
Although the Coalition is talking tough about criminalising consumer advocacy, legal experts say any attempt to do so will be hamstrung by reality.
News October 26, 2019
Dutton’s plan for a surveillance state
Privacy experts fear the Home Affairs minister will ignore a warning from parliament’s most powerful committee and push ahead with his plan for national surveillance.
News November 02, 2019
The fatal cost of Australia’s rising inequality
As the gap between Australia’s rich and poor continues to widen, a new study highlights the fatal cost of economic inequality and the rise of ‘deaths of despair’.
News October 19, 2019
Children in the criminal justice system
As crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie pushes to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, experts point to the long-term detrimental effects of early incarceration and a disproportionate racial factor in detention rates.
News October 12, 2019
The decline of political freedoms in Australia
While the Australian government is quick to criticise other countries for restricting people’s freedoms, its treatment of whistleblowers and climate protesters reveals an alarming hypocrisy.
News October 05, 2019
The cost of increasing the super rate
While the proposal to increase the superannuation rate to 12 per cent has bipartisan support, the reform is likely to be a significant economic burden that exacerbates inequality.
News September 28, 2019
NSW farmers’ class action on water
As water supplies remain perilously low across Australia’s drought-stricken east, a group of farmers is launching a $750 million class action against the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.
News September 21, 2019
Robo-debt class action launched
As prominent lawyer Peter Gordon launches a class action against Centrelink’s controversial robo-debt scheme, the minister in charge claims it’s all a political stunt.
News September 14, 2019
Philip Lowe and Australia’s economy
Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is flouting convention, publicly calling on the government and business to do more to save Australia’s foundering economy.
News September 07, 2019
ICAC and the federal watchdog
The revelations at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption this week serve as a timely reminder that the federal government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be a watchdog with some bark but hardly any bite.
News August 31, 2019
Stalemate on stagnant wage growth
As the country faces stagnant wage growth, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has asked Australian companies to stop returning profits to wealthy shareholders. But the federal government is doing little else, reluctant to put its long-promised surplus at risk.
News August 17, 2019
How the China question split Australian politics
With his controversial op-ed, Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie set off a debate that has riven Canberra along unexpected lines.