law & crime

law & crime September 21, 2019

NSW abortion bill dividing Liberals

The decriminalisation of abortion threatens a schism in the NSW Liberal Party, with opponents of the reform putting Gladys Berejiklian’s leadership in peril.

law & crime September 7, 2019

ICAC and the federal watchdog

The revelations at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption this week serve as a timely reminder that the federal government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission would be a watchdog with some bark but hardly any bite.

defence August 31, 2019

CIA agents in Australia

In a new book, veteran journalist Brian Toohey argues that covert CIA operatives have worked in Australia for decades, something the government has long denied.

law & crime September 7, 2019

Eurydice Dixon’s killer

Eurydice Dixon’s murder by Jaymes Todd set off a media circus. In all the chaos, though, the then teenage killer remained a spectre.

law & crime August 31, 2019

Tackling Victoria Police’s culture of misogyny

Three years ago, outgoing commissioner Ken Lay ordered a review into sexual harassment and predatory behaviour at Victoria Police. The latest audit shows that while determined moves are being made, a toxic culture is hard to stamp out.

rural July 27, 2019

Farm activists face tougher laws

As federal and state governments impose tougher laws to deter animal activists from trespassing on farms, there is growing concern that journalists and whistleblowers will be unable to report on unethical farming practices.

law & crime July 20, 2019

Music festival deaths inquest

As the NSW deputy state coroner examines the MDMA-linked deaths of six young music festival-goers, security precautions, pill testing and overdose procedures come under scrutiny.

north america July 13, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein and his famous friends

The latest arrest of Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking minors has again focused world attention on the multimillionaire’s relationships with the rich and powerful.

religion July 6, 2019

‘She’s with Lucifer now – her master’

Since the death of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne, survivors of The Family are reckoning with loss and meaning.

immigration July 6, 2019

Dutton’s stance on citizenship laws

Despite recommendations from parliament’s security watchdog, Peter Dutton will press ahead with plans to ban Australian citizens with terrorism links from returning home.

law & crime June 29, 2019

Sperm donation and parenthood

A recent High Court ruling has led to questions about how the law should define parenthood, especially when single women conceive with the help of known sperm donors.