law & crime

law & crime April 4, 2020

Covid-19 lockdown and police powers

The federal government has left the enforcement of coronavirus laws to the states, creating great confusion and uncertainty. One federal MP is even advising constituents on how to get around them.

law & crime April 4, 2020

Family violence increasing during Covid-19 lockdown

With the nation in near lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, family violence is on the rise, with many victims now unable to access the help and services they need.

defence March 21, 2020

Defence braces for SAS murder charges

An inspector-general’s report, expected in the coming months, will likely recommend the prosecution of special forces soldiers over Afghan civilian killings.

law & crime March 21, 2020

Coercive control laws in NSW

While New South Wales considers drafting legislation on coercive control, Scottish laws to criminalise such behaviour have already made a significant difference in domestic abuse cases.

law & crime March 21, 2020

Right-wing terrorism on the rise in Australia

The arrest of a NSW man following a Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation highlights the rising threat of right-wing extremism in Australia and the bias in the way the country has been classifying terrorism.

law & crime March 14, 2020

Privacy concerns about encryption laws

As law enforcement agencies demand access to encrypted data without judicial oversight, the national security watchdog and tech companies are concerned about privacy breaches.

law & crime March 14, 2020

George Pell’s High Court appeal

The High Court decision on the fate of convicted cardinal George Pell may be delivered as early as next week.

law & crime March 11, 2020

Exclusive: ASIO’s ‘race war’ warning

An ASIO document prepared in the wake of the Christchurch massacre warns a far-right terrorist attack is “plausible” in Australia over the next 12-18 months.

law & crime March 7, 2020

Life after the Christchurch shootings

As the first anniversary of mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch approaches, survivors and other members of the city’s Muslim community face isolation and economic hardship.

law & crime February 29, 2020

Julian Assange’s extradition hearing

As Julian Assange’s fight against extradition to the United States finally came to court this week, allegations arose that he was bugged at the Ecuadorian embassy.

law & crime February 29, 2020

Queensland’s domestic violence struggle

Despite the Queensland government’s huge financial commitment to the battle against family violence, the brutal murders of Hannah Clarke and her three children at the hands of her abusive husband highlight how far there is to go.