law & crime

immigration April 20, 2019

The long road home from Syria

Repatriating from foreign conflict zones the Australian women and children who became caught up in Daesh’s now-defunct reign of terror will require exacting planning and consideration.

law & crime April 20, 2019

Julian Assange: master of disguise

The arrest of Julian Assange is just another chapter in a story of complications and contradictions.

law & crime April 6, 2019

Police informants inquiry

As a royal commission investigates the use of informants by Victoria Police, questions are being raised again about corruption in the force.

law & crime April 13, 2019

Controlling social media

After the Christchurch massacre, the Coalition and Labor passed a bill prohibiting the sharing of abhorrent material on social media, but experts argue the new law will achieve little.

law & crime April 6, 2019

Campaign to keep women out of jail

A new campaign is calling on Victorian premier Daniel Andrews to show his progressive values by drastically reducing the number of women and children in jail.

law & crime March 23, 2019

After Christchurch

Following the killing of 50 Muslims by an Australian terrorist, local security agencies face questions of whether they overlooked the threat posed by white extremists.

religion March 16, 2019

Full circle

As Chief Judge Peter Kidd steadily reads his sentencing of George Pell, the author sits among those assembled in court, watching the cardinal, and considering the nature of power in the justice system.

religion March 1, 2019

George Pell’s conviction

The lifelong damage George Pell caused to his victims is now well known. In the wake of the cardinal’s conviction, his work and his prominent supporters are cast in a new and horrific light.

law & crime February 9, 2019

Hayne’s ‘disinfectant’ sees banks’ share prices rise

In the wake of the Hayne royal commission, the big banks’ share prices rose, raising questions of how much the culture of greed is threatened by its recommendations.

immigration February 2, 2019

Risks to foreign students on campus

The rape and murder of Aya Maasarwe near her La Trobe University accommodation shocked the world. But absent from the headlines was acknowledgement of the increasing prevalence of sexual assaults on international students.

indigenous affairs January 26, 2019

Outstanding fines and Indigenous imprisonment

Indigenous women are being jailed over small fines at alarming rates. In Western Australia, one charity has crowdfunded hundreds of thousands of dollars in just weeks to secure their release.