law & crime

law & crime November 16, 2019

Proposed reforms to NSW consent law

The draft proposals on consent law in NSW contain some vital reforms, but experts maintain that further action is needed to combat sexual violence.

defence November 9, 2019

ASIO officers broke law on warrant

The agency’s watchdog, tasked with unravelling the breach, has echoed growing concern about flawed and confusing new anti-terror laws.

law & crime November 2, 2019

The rules governing strip searches in NSW

As an inquiry examines the potentially illegal strip searches of minors at NSW music festivals, legal experts say it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

law & crime October 26, 2019

Dutton’s plan for a surveillance state

Privacy experts fear the Home Affairs minister will ignore a warning from parliament’s most powerful committee and push ahead with his plan for national surveillance.

indigenous affairs October 19, 2019

Children in the criminal justice system

As crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie pushes to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, experts point to the long-term detrimental effects of early incarceration and a disproportionate racial factor in detention rates.

law & crime October 19, 2019

How Australia treats complex trauma

Survivors of domestic violence are being routinely let down by a system that misdiagnoses their trauma, leaving many women and children unsupported and stigmatised.

law & crime October 12, 2019

The decline of political freedoms in Australia

While the Australian government is quick to criticise other countries for restricting people’s freedoms, its treatment of whistleblowers and climate protesters reveals an alarming hypocrisy.

law & crime October 12, 2019

Crackdown on large cash transactions

While the government’s proposal to restrict large cash payments is intended to limit criminal activity, opponents of the bill – including some of the Coalition’s own MPs – warn the legislation could ensnare ordinary citizens.

law & crime October 5, 2019

National security laws impeding journalism

Despite Christian Porter’s new ‘safeguard’ for journalists, experts warn that Australia’s national security laws continue to impede public-interest reporting, as whistleblowers are increasingly afraid to come forward.

immigration September 28, 2019

Peter Dutton’s latest citizenship move

Legal experts warn that the government’s latest attempt to strip citizenship from dual nationals may cause more problems than it resolves.

law & crime September 28, 2019

Foreign students and sexual assault

One international student’s fight to have a university tutor prosecuted for sexual assault highlights how our system fails survivors.