law & crime

law & crime September 1, 2018

Family violence and mandatory sentencing

New mandatory sentencing laws for assaults against emergency workers could see frightened victims of family violence face jail time while their attackers go free.

resources September 1, 2018

Barnaby Joyce and the Murray–Darling

As Barnaby Joyce, newly minted special envoy for drought, made a grab for Murray–Darling water, the royal commission into the basin faced yet another setback.

rural August 18, 2018

Federal government ‘colludes’ to nobble Walker inquiry

The South Australian government’s refusal to extend the royal commission into the Murray–Darling finds it accused of collusion with the federal government.

law & crime August 25, 2018

RBA caught in banknote fraud

In an embarrassing moment for the RBA, the Federal Court has ordered that the company formed to export Australia’s polymer banknote technology pay $65 million to an overseas agent defrauded of his commission.

law & crime August 11, 2018

3D-printed weapons and the law

The legality of using 3D printers to produce firearms has made headlines here and in the US, but what of the actual practicalities?

law & crime August 11, 2018

Data mapping in the fight against sex trafficking

An Australian data analytics company has partnered with anti-sex-trafficking campaigners to help identify villages in India where girls and young women are most at risk.

rural August 4, 2018

High court challenge to Walker inquiry threatens federation

A Commonwealth challenge to South Australia’s Murray–Darling royal commission has become a state rights battleground with implications for the Constitution.

religion August 4, 2018

The politics of racism

The government’s rhetoric on race takes it into territory that is uglier and more targeted than even John Howard’s campaigns.

law & crime August 4, 2018

Home Affairs’ bid to avoid visa reviews

Attorney-General Christian Porter has ordered another review of the AAT, citing issues of “public trust”. It’s the latest in a crusade to shift powers from the tribunal to Home Affairs.

law & crime July 14, 2018

Sexual consent laws review not enough

While the NSW government has announced a review of sexual consent laws, many believe the system that deals with sexual offences and their prosecution is in need of a complete overhaul.

law & crime July 7, 2018

The dark politics of the Timor spy case

The government’s use of harsh national security laws to pursue Bernard Collaery and Witness K is the latest cynical act in its dealings over Timor Sea mining rights.