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defence December 7, 2019

AusAID bomb victim’s treatment ‘a disgrace’

After seven years, David Savage finally received compensation for injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Defence dismissed a video of his attack as not relevant, but used it for training.

politics December 7, 2019

Lambie’s secret medevac bargain

While the government celebrates the medevac repeal, Labor and the Greens push for detail – and documentation – of the pact struck with Senator Jacqui Lambie.

media December 7, 2019

Australia and digital data

As the ACCC inquires into the data use of digital platforms, the government is caught in a faceoff between News Corp and the tech giants.

education December 7, 2019

The reality of Australia’s free public education

Facing funding shortfalls, public schools have turned to fundraising and parental contributions, prompting debate about whether our education system remains free.

law & crime December 7, 2019

Algorithms and prejudice

As governments and police increasingly rely on algorithms and automation, legal experts warn these systems could undermine key discrimination protections.

indigenous affairs November 16, 2019

Co-designing the Voice to Parliament

Despite an early promise by the Morrison government to deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians, they remain no closer to being recognised in the constitution.

law & crime November 16, 2019

Proposed reforms to NSW consent law

The draft proposals on consent law in NSW contain some vital reforms, but experts maintain that further action is needed to combat sexual violence.

defence November 9, 2019

ASIO officers broke law on warrant

The agency’s watchdog, tasked with unravelling the breach, has echoed growing concern about flawed and confusing new anti-terror laws.

health November 9, 2019

Mental health cost of welfare

A wide-ranging review of Australian mental health has pointed to the welfare system, particularly the troubled jobactive program, as a key driver in the crisis.

media November 9, 2019

Reporting racism

A new study highlighting systemic racism in the Australian media has called for stronger guidelines to regulate against both overt and covert prejudice.

resources November 9, 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.