law & crime

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.

law & crime June 30, 2018

Tracey Spicer: Starting the first Me Too inquiry

Eight months after calling for stories of sexual misconduct in the Australian arts and media, the author details her involvement in establishing the world’s first workplace harassment inquiry.

law & crime June 30, 2018

Exclusive: How our crisis hotline failed Sadif Karimi

In the weeks before her death, Sadif Karimi made repeated calls to a domestic violence hotline. She was told she was no longer a client.

law & crime June 23, 2018

Taking the long way home

There is a register of fear heard by women and gender nonconforming people, an ever-present call to vigilance never expected of men. As much as any murder, this reality should be on the front of newspapers.

law & crime June 9, 2018

The case for legalised cannabis

With California green-lighting the world’s largest legal marijuana market, will Australia follow suit?

asia pacific June 9, 2018

Nauru’s new contempt laws

New contempt laws introduced by the Nauruan government threaten the judiciary, political opponents and freedom of speech – and are unlikely to meet with criticism from Australia.

law & crime June 2, 2018

Pill testing as harm minimisation

As an ardent campaigner for pill testing and decriminalisation, Matt Noffs has called for the government to consider new policy to minimise the harm caused by recreational drugs.

law & crime May 26, 2018

Small business at the banks royal commission

The small business testimonies to the banking royal commission revealed a more nuanced area of questionable practices, but one that still turns up stories of personal hardship.

law & crime May 19, 2018

Cash economy under pressure

The government’s crackdown on cash transactions could not only change the way Australians spend, but also affect our overall privacy.

law & crime May 19, 2018

Margaret River and paternal familicide

Though the unusual manner in which Aaron Cockman spoke of the alleged murderer of his children and ex-wife – his former father-in-law – was puzzling to many, psychological studies of similar crimes suggest a way to make sense of its seeming contradictions.