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law & crime March 23, 2019

Wider laws to allow Victoria Police to take DNA samples

Privacy fears surround Victoria’s new DNA laws, which would allow police to take samples from suspects before they are charged with any crime.

law & crime 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.

law & crime March 23, 2019

Shooters party set to wield power in NSW

With NSW facing the possibility of a hung parliament, fear grows that the state’s gun laws – already eroded by two decades of deal-making with the Shooters party – will be further traded away.

immigration March 23, 2019

The Coalition and the race issue

Scott Morrison’s words following the Christchurch massacre were sensitive and well chosen, but how can they be read as ingenuous when they follow on from almost two decades of his party deliberately cultivating disunity and fear?

law & crime March 23, 2019

After Christchurch

Following the killing of 50 Muslims by an Australian terrorist, local security agencies face questions of whether they overlooked the threat posed by white extremists.

resources March 2, 2019

PM’s climate fund fallacy

Scott Morrison says his new $3.5 billion climate fund will cut Australia’s emissions, but experts warn he is playing a numbers game that is ‘essentially dishonest’.

religion March 1, 2019

George Pell’s conviction

The lifelong damage George Pell caused to his victims is now well known. In the wake of the cardinal’s conviction, his work and his prominent supporters are cast in a new and horrific light.

ir February 23, 2019

Cash not for comment

As the Federal Court prepares to make a ruling on the AWU raids, and it emerges Michaelia Cash refused to give a statement to the federal police over her office’s involvement, The Saturday Paper reviews the minister’s position to date.

health February 23, 2019

The aged-care royal commission

While the royal commission into aged care has begun by exposing distressing cases of neglect, experts warn that it is the generations currently unaffected – and uninterested – who must become engaged in order for standards to improve.

health February 23, 2019

Australia’s psychedelic drug trial

Advocates of psychedelic drug research are hoping the psilocybin trial for treating anxiety in the terminally ill, at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, is the beginning of a new acceptance for the potential of the field.

immigration February 23, 2019

Morrison ignored boat security advice

The government ignored security agency advice on amendments to the medivac bill, allowing it to accuse Labor of undermining border security.