July 29, 2010 1
A judge has agreed to block parts of Arizona’s controversial anti-migration law, which is opposed by the Obama Administration, from coming into force today. The Arizona law could be doomed to failure, writes Greg Barns.
July 12, 2010 1
It would be very unwise for Australian security agencies to not test independently the veracity of anything they are told publicly or privately by the Sri Lankan government, given its track record.
July 5, 2010 19
Dr Haneef intends to sure for false imprisonment and defamation. To defend the suit Kevin Andrews will have to convince Robert McClelland that the claims against him fit the Commonwealth guidelines for ministerial indemnity.
June 22, 2010 3
Bringing warring terrorist groups to the negotiating table and using them to help deliver aid is a desirable means of reducing conflict. But a US Supreme Court ruling has just made it a whole lot harder.
May 11, 2010 1
The highly competitive atmosphere in which the media work these days unfortunately makes trial by media inevitable as the print and electronic media chase "big stories".
May 7, 2010 31
Senator Corey Bernadi’s call to ban the burqa is more sinister than many other similar calls around the world. Do his comments amount to religious vilification?
April 27, 2010 1
ASIO's powers will be greatly expanded under the government's new anti-people smuggling laws. Courts have to send people to jail for no less than three years or five years if they are involved in people smuggling.
April 14, 2010 10
Mental health services are being ignored in the health reform debate in favour of sexy, headline-grabbing issues like aged care, hospital beds and surgery waiting times.
April 13, 2010 12
Foreign minister Stephen Smith’s claim over the weekend that conditions are improving in Sri Lanka is a sweeping generalisation that ignores the reality for each person. The Tamil Tigers are still a threat.
March 30, 2010 8
Making people smuggling legal and properly regulated would be a winner for the Australian economy and save billions on silly games such as Christmas Island.
March 18, 2010
Throughout the Tasmanian election campaign, the ALP have harped on about the Greens being "wolves in sheep’s clothing". But the real pollies hiding in cuddly fleece are in the Liberal Party, with Eric Abetz heading the flock, says Greg Barns.
March 17, 2010 4
Stop and search powers given to police -- now in use in Victoria, and coming soon to South Australia and Western Australia -- lead to racial discrimination. The evidence can be found overseas.
March 17, 2010
Election campaigns are always full of dirty tactics, but this year's Tasmanian battle has sunk to new lows of grubbiness, says Greg Barns
March 8, 2010 5
Electioneering politicians in South Australia back a proposal to allow jurors to hear about "relevant" prior convictions of the accused. Yet overseas examples show it leads to unsafe verdicts.
March 4, 2010
The Olympics tent has packed up and gone home, but another tent city remains in Vancouver as a symbol of abject poverty and disadvantage. Will they get the dividend of the past two weeks of celebration?
February 17, 2010 1
In those jurisdictions where a human rights law exists, each day thousands of citizens are able to ensure they get better treatment from government. Perhaps this is why the Rudd government is so scared of a Human Rights Act?
February 10, 2010 8
There is nothing new in Barnaby Joyce’s rhetoric and any idea that he is simply loose mouthed and doesn’t mean what he is saying, should be scotched immediately. He knows exactly what he is on about.
February 5, 2010 1
The film industry has not woken up to the fact that their business model is no longer valid, despite the latest iiNet legal win.
February 3, 2010 4
The Labor government of Mike Rann in South Australia has a long track record of curtailing freedoms and rights. It seems, when it comes to secrecy there is one law for MPs in South Australia, and another for the punters.
January 29, 2010 4
The Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services was released today, finding that Australia's prisons are overcrowded, warehouses for Indigenous Australians, and ineffective in tackling the causes of crime.