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law & crime December 12, 2020

AFP’s new power to spy on Australians

In direct contradiction to a recommendation of a national intelligence review, the government is giving the AFP sweeping new spying powers to combat cybercrime.

law & crime December 12, 2020

Funding by delegated legislation

Amid growing perceptions of corruption in Australia, a senate committee has raised concerns about the billions of dollars in funding allocated by the government without parliamentary scrutiny.

middle east December 12, 2020

The impact of Australian war crimes on Afghans

As Afghan civilians make sense of the Brereton inquiry, one family details how an Australian raid killed three of their relatives – including a 14-year-old boy.

law & crime December 5, 2020

The Nicola Gobbo report

As the royal commission into the handling of police informants releases its final report, it’s been revealed that Victoria Police’s use of gangland lawyer Nicola Gobbo as an informant may have contaminated more than 1000 convictions.

religion December 5, 2020

The Vatican’s financial scandals

As the Vatican reckons with scandals involving hundreds of millions of euros, the Holy See’s former treasurer George Pell has given his first interview since returning to Rome.

law & crime October 31, 2020

Auditor-general eyes pandemic response

After a series of reports this year that have shocked the public and shamed the government, the auditor-general is turning his focus to Australia’s federal Covid-19 response, including the JobKeeper scheme.

law & crime October 24, 2020

Failures of the criminal justice system

As politicians play a tough-on-crime game to win votes, pushing Australia’s incarceration rates ever upwards, an initiative led by high-profile patrons aims to reform the justice system and end a narrow-minded reliance on prison sentences.

law & crime October 17, 2020

‘Poor Gladys’ rings hollow after premier’s ICAC grilling

The real story this week is not Gladys Berejiklian’s relationship with Daryl Maguire but whether she knew the details of his deal-making – although her supporters would rather you focus on the former.

law & crime October 17, 2020

Challenging the secrecy of national cabinet

Legal experts are questioning the basis on which national cabinet deliberations are deemed to be secret, and the issue has led to an Administrative Appeals Tribunal case.

law & crime October 10, 2020

James Packer’s testimony at the Crown inquiry

At this week’s NSW inquiry into Crown Resorts, former executive chairman James Packer acknowledged some ‘shameful’ behaviour in his leadership of the company, but often claimed ignorance of – and blamed others for – the casino’s alleged links to organised crime.

immigration October 3, 2020

Millionaire visa-holders exempt from border ban

As 27,000 Australians remain stranded overseas, the Home Affairs Department has moved to allow wealthy foreign investors to enter Australia without needing special permission.