June, 2018

What would a review of Australia’s defamation law look at?

, Jun 19, 2018

1
If Australia is to overhaul its defamation legislation, the first step would be to have the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to do a full-scale inquiry.

What would it take to fix Australia’s restrictive defamation laws?

, Jun 18, 2018

3
Australia is now regarded as the libel capital of the world. But just how big is this threat to press freedom, and what exactly is in need of change?

An incomplete list of ways women already ‘take responsibility’ for their safety

, Jun 15, 2018

17
Eurydice Dixon's murder was followed with a familiar statement from the police. This is why women are angry about it.

How Australian courts are stacked against victims of sexual assault

, Jun 12, 2018

8
More people are speaking out against alleged abusers, but the legal system is still mired in entrenched biases that could ultimately deny them justice.

So you’ve been falsely identified as an erectile dysfunction ambassador

, Jun 05, 2018

1
Eddie McGuire was used in a fake article endorsing an erectile dysfunction supplement last month. He said he'd sue, but is there any point? What's the smart play here?

‘No freedom until women are truly free’: Irish immigrants continue abortion fight in Australia

, May 30, 2018

Many Irish Australians returned #HomeToVote to repeal the eighth amendment. Now that protest spirit could catch on for legislative changes in their new home.

#MeToo insurance? Protection offered for accused Australian musicians

, May 30, 2018

3
The ramifications of Me Too are being felt in an extremely un-rock ’n’ roll way — insurance. But what happens when Australia’s defamation laws stand in the way of community safety and ultimately, justice?

Groundbreaking verdict against Archbishop raises thorny questions

, May 23, 2018

5
What are the implications for others who were in similar positions to Archbishop Philip Wilson -- those who were told numerous times by credible sources about sexual abuse, perpetrated by individuals over whom they exercised some control?

What’s the difference between Australian states’ sexual consent laws?

, May 10, 2018

Not all our states and territories define consent in the same way.

Six months after the Don Dale royal commission, what’s next for juvenile justice?

, May 08, 2018

Governments are still searching for the will to act on recommendations from last year's royal commission into youth justice, but change will come slowly, if at all. Can the Northern Territory become the standard bearer for justice reform?

Barns: Dutton calls on News Corp to help him weaken the AAT

, May 02, 2018

21
A consistent news campaign and a new parliamentary committee: Dutton has pulled out the big guns against the Administrative Appeals Tribunal once more.

Rise in re-offending shows that Victoria’s new prisons won’t work

, Apr 30, 2018

6
Labor and Coalition promises for larger prisons may sway votes in the Victorian election but it won't do anything about the state's ballooning rate of re-offence.

You’ve got hate mail (and there’s not a lot you can do about it)

, Apr 27, 2018

Some inflammatory pamphlets that caused a stir during the postal survey are back, and they raise a more general question about what standards we should accept in our mailboxes.

Border Force can’t even seem to deport a man competently

, Apr 13, 2018

17
A man suddenly removed from immigration detention in New South Wales has not been heard from since being put on a flight.

Why an NT News court reporter was facing a contempt of court charge

, Apr 03, 2018

The case of NT News reporter Craig Dunlop, who has been facing contempt of court charges, should be a lesson for court administrators and judges everywhere: if you're going to charge a journalist and their employer, make sure you know who published what, when and on whose authority.

WA courts ‘entirely at odds with what the law requires’ in Elijah Doughty case

, Mar 27, 2018

4
Representatives for the family of Elijah Doughty say the are being denied access to documents from the trial of his killer, and as such, their access to open justice.

Hinch’s Senate diary: remembering the children the Royal Commission forgot

, Mar 15, 2018

8
Progress may have been made in the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, but it leaves many behind and risks being hobbled by those who don't want to pay up, writes Senator Derryn Hinch

Is Germany building a case to charge Australian ministers for crimes against humanity?

, Mar 09, 2018

22
With calls for the ICC to investigate the Australian government going unheard, some are looking to a far-reaching code that gives the German judiciary the ability to prosecute crimes against humanity, even if they have no relation to the country.

How a US judge decided ‘artistic expression’ was a legitimate defence of discrimination

, Mar 06, 2018

6
A recent ruling out of the US has raised big questions about discrimination and the first amendment, but it also says a lot about our views on the nature of work.

A deeper look at Vic crime and justice statistics shows two groups left behind

, Mar 06, 2018

3
The laughable assertion that Victorians were "too scared" to go to restaurants due to apparent out-of-control youth gangs hides a deeper ignorance in the debate around justice, incarceration and mental health.