law & crime

europe December 15, 2018

Portugal’s medical model of drugs

Drug policy reform in Portugal, from pill testing to decriminalisation, may provide a model for Australia. Lisbon’s ‘dissuasion commissioner’ Nuno Capaz talks about understanding drug use as a medical, rather than a moral, issue.

law & crime December 15, 2018

Fourth AFP officer suicides at work

After a fourth officer’s suicide in just 18 months at Australian Federal Police headquarters, staff hold little hope the organisation will change.

law & crime December 8, 2018

Lawyer X: “Say nice things at my eulogy and enjoy the Royal Commission”

In the wake of this week’s High Court ruling, details emerge of Victoria Police’s unprecedented use of a top criminal lawyer as an informant during Melbourne’s gangland wars.

law & crime December 8, 2018

Queensland’s flawed bill of rights draft

Advocacy organisations and academics argue Queensland’s proposed bill of rights will enshrine procedural unfairness in court for survivors and victims of crime.

law & crime December 1, 2018

Government presses on for wider security powers

While security chiefs are supporting Peter Dutton’s call for new powers to access encrypted data, they have declined to support the government’s claim such changes are made more urgent by the recent terror attack and arrests in Melbourne.

law & crime November 3, 2018

Tax benefits of legalising cannabis

According to figures requested by the Reason Party, legalising cannabis and personal drug use would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and benefit an overwrought legal system.

law & crime November 3, 2018

Intelligence agencies’ pitch for powers

Growing suspicion over the government’s security and intelligence powers has seen the heads of two powerful agencies begin a charm offensive to try to win back public trust.

law & crime October 27, 2018

No apologies after Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen’s release

The case of Mohamed Kamer Nizamdeen, released after a month in prison when terrorism-related charges were dropped because of mistaken evidence, is the latest in a string of dubious arrests and defamatory accusations in the media against Australian Muslims.

religion October 27, 2018

The national apology and what comes next

After years of struggle, Chrissie Foster this week watched the prime minister apologise to victims and survivors of institutional child abuse. Now a new fight begins for redress.

law & crime October 13, 2018

Coercive control and domestic abuse

Legal experts and practitioners are studying Britain’s coercive control law – criminalising domestic abuse that doesn’t involve physical violence – to determine if Australia should adopt similar legislation.

law & crime October 6, 2018

My Health and privacy

While the government has made changes to My Health Record requirements, many experts argue that a risk to personal privacy remains.