law & crime

indigenous affairs November 18, 2017

‘Predictive’ policing in NSW

A NSW ‘predictive’ policing initiative appears to be as much about presuming guilt among young Indigenous people as it is about preventing crime.

law & crime November 18, 2017

AWU Victoria’s open audit policy

Last month’s raids on AWU offices cast suspicion over the union, but the Victorian branch provides the public with audit reports well beyond its legal obligations – which also reveal its dwindling membership and financial troubles.

law & crime November 4, 2017

The killing of ‘Mullet Mick’ Martin

Following an eight-week trial, a man awaits sentencing for a 2014 killing in Murwillumbah.

law & crime November 4, 2017

Mark Dreyfus on a human rights act

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus talks about the benefits of a human rights act and why conservative concern for cake bakers is about removing protections not defending freedoms.

law & crime November 4, 2017

The true story of Michaelia Cash’s union raids

The AWU raids reveal the strange nexus between the Turnbull government, the federal police, The Australian newspaper and the new unions commission.

law & crime October 28, 2017

Inside the debate over Victoria’s assisted dying bill

With Victoria’s upper house preparing to debate Daniel Andrews’ euthanasia bill, supporters argue opponents such as Paul Keating have misread the public mood.

rural October 28, 2017

Exploitation of backpacker labour

Stories of upfront bonds, failure to pay wages, harassment and deplorable conditions are being heard by the parliamentary inquiry into whether a modern slavery act is needed to protect working backpackers from exploitation.

law & crime October 14, 2017

Housing affordability and tenancy laws

An upcoming Victorian byelection promises to have important implications for housing affordability nationwide.

law & crime October 14, 2017

Law and ordeal

Attending the manslaughter hearing considered the test case for Victoria’s ‘one-punch’ laws provides a glimpse of how our legal system can fail to deliver the closure sought by all involved.

law & crime October 14, 2017

The gun nuts in our parliament

While Australian gun laws are lauded as the world’s most stringent, fringe political parties and lobbyists are doing their best to erode them.

law & crime October 7, 2017

Murdoch’s failure to launch Fox here

With the collapse of Murdoch’s takeover plan for Ten, something else ended: the designs for his Sky roster to take a de facto Fox News to the mainstream.