Don Dale guard Conan Zamolo’s disturbing testimony

Martin McKenzie-Murray
As the royal commission continues in the Northern Territory, a culture of brutal dysfunction emerges.

Exclusive: How the church forced me to relive my abuse

Therase Lawless
Having testified at the royal commission and for a police investigation, a victim of abuse endures another cycle of doubt from the church.

Weighing the priorities of homeland security

Karen Middleton
As the PM and foreign minister attempt to smooth relations with Indonesia, calls increase for a consolidated approach to national security.

Reporting Robert Xie’s murder of Brenda Lin’s family

Miriam Cosic
In 2009, her world was torn apart by the murder of her parents, brothers and aunt. Now, following her uncle’s long-awaited conviction, Brenda Lin faces the glare of the media again.

Criminalising the homeless of Melbourne’s CBD

Roj Amedi
Rough sleepers have been moved on from Melbourne’s city streets, but without a long-term assistance strategy, how can they rebuild their lives?

Race, stereotyping and Melbourne’s Apex gang

Santilla Chingaipe
The media’s reporting of gang crime across Melbourne has racial overtones, singling out Sudanese Australians and engendering fear and stereotyping in the community.

Federal cuts to family violence reform funding

Martin McKenzie-Murray
Barely two years on from strong government responses to family violence, driven by Rosie Batty, federal funding cuts to front-line services threaten to place more women and children than ever in jeopardy.

Wayne Morrison's family questions secrecy over his death

John Power
More than four months since the death in custody of an Indigenous man, his family awaits details from correctional services of how it happened.

Ms Dhu's family's fight for prosecutions

Denham Sadler
Ms Dhu’s family is determined not to let the coronial report into her death disappear from the spotlight without prosecutions.

Scott Johnson’s legacy

Rick Feneley
Investigation into the cause of Scott Johnson’s death, now in its third inquiry, led NSW police into a re-evaluation of 88 other cases, to consider how many might have been gay-hate killings.

Dylan Voller: ‘The problem is the justice system itself’

Martin McKenzie-Murray
As Australia sees Dylan Voller’s face for the first time, the deeper questions of the royal commission are only beginning.

Exclusive: Don Dale training manual revealed

John Power
Documents obtained under freedom of information laws show how NT corrections officers violated official procedures at Don Dale.

Dennis Nona and moral questions about criminal artists

Martin McKenzie-Murray
The sentencing of artist Dennis Nona for child abuse, and fresh reports of Donald Friend’s paedophilia, raises deeper questions about what we do with the art of fallen heroes.

Sex workers fight against stigma for equal justice

Bronwyn Adcock
Sex workers face a heightened risk of assault, but the often callous treatment they receive from the justice system means many crimes go unreported.

The court case behind Australia’s first recognised same-sex marriage

Anthony Brewster
As half of Australia’s first federally recognised same-sex marriage, and divorce, Grace Abrams has spent her life battling perceptions of her gender.

Millers Point residents challenge Barangaroo casino in court

Anne Davies
A Land and Environment Court challenge to James Packer’s proposed casino tower at Barangaroo may yet turn the odds against the Crown Resorts proposal.

The Coalition attacks on statutory authorities

Mike Seccombe
Senate committee attacks on statutory officers reveal a government prepared to undermine independent institutions and hound advisers out of office when their counsel is politically unwelcome.

Solicitors-general support Justin Gleeson in argument with George Brandis

Richard Ackland
A gathering of former solicitors-general has supported Justin Gleeson’s view that Attorney-General George Brandis misunderstands the Law Officers Act.

Justice Reinvestment on trial in Cowra

John Power
In country NSW, a small town is embarking on an innovative plan to keep potential law-breakers out of the justice system.

NT royal commission and the youth justice system

Kieran Finnane
As a royal commission probes child protection and detention in the Northern Territory, ongoing issues of alcohol abuse, violence and neglect in Aboriginal families keep delivering new offenders into the system.

Sexual assault victims and a flawed justice system

Jane Gilmore
As a recent Queensland case shows, sexual assault complainants are often further traumatised by brutal questioning in court, made worse by enduring rape myths.

‘Lone wolf’ terrorists and community policing

Martin McKenzie-Murray
So-called lone wolf attacks make policing terrorism ever more fraught, but recent heroism on a multicultural suburban street shows the community standing together.

Inquest examines infractions of NT domestic violence orders

Kieran Finnane
Prompted by the deaths of two Aboriginal women in the Northern Territory, an inquest has been held to examine ‘extreme domestic violence’ and the seeming inability of the justice system to protect those at risk.

The truth about ICAC’s corruption rulings

Mike Seccombe
With reduced powers to name corrupt individuals, ICAC’s findings are increasingly shaped by politics.

How top-ranking NSW police failed the Lindt cafe siege

Mike Seccombe
Deleted text messages and botched directions underscore the flaws in an operation senior police say was not their responsibility.