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Australia’s archaic abortion laws harming women

Australia’s archaic abortion laws harming women

August 22, 2017 4 Comments

Heather Douglas (Professor of Law, University of Queensland) and Caroline de Costa (Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, James Cook University) investigate a recent case of a woman being charged with illegally aborting her own pregnancy and question what was gained by this absurd process.

Matthewson: is Dastyari on the comeback trail, or bushwhacking in the political wilderness?

Matthewson: is Dastyari on the comeback trail, or bushwhacking in the political wilderness?

August 4, 2017 10 Comments

It's difficult to tell how successful, if at all, the young Senator will be at convincing the public he has rehabilitated.

If marriage equality doesn’t wreck the government, NBN or Murray-Darling disasters might

If marriage equality doesn’t wreck the government, NBN or Murray-Darling disasters might

August 3, 2017 42 Comments

If things weren't already terrible for the government on marriage equality, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are front and centre in two other big problems.

Reform win in NSW Liberals just the first step

Reform win in NSW Liberals just the first step

July 24, 2017 6 Comments

Regardless of the current political context, parties must find a way to engage their memberships. The NSW Liberals have taken a first step to do that.

Mayne: politics junkies needing an election fix? NSW has got you covered

Mayne: politics junkies needing an election fix? NSW has got you covered

July 6, 2017 3 Comments

Expect Tony Abbott and a few of his factional enemies to take a keen interest in the new Northern Beaches council, and the giant Inner West council will be a fierce contest between Labor and the Greens.

Matthewson: Abbott’s push to ‘democratise’ the NSW Libs isn’t about democracy at all

Matthewson: Abbott’s push to ‘democratise’ the NSW Libs isn’t about democracy at all

July 5, 2017 26 Comments

On its face, Tony Abbott’s call for “democratic” reform of the NSW Liberal Party seems perfectly reasonable. But only on its face ...

How we are failing mentally ill prisoners

How we are failing mentally ill prisoners

May 31, 2017 1 Comment

Prisoners are not receiving adequate mental health care, with sometimes fatal consequences.

NSW coroner is wrong to denounce psychiatrist for Lindt cafe siege

NSW coroner is wrong to denounce psychiatrist for Lindt cafe siege

May 26, 2017 11 Comments

The coroner's findings are a spectacular illustration of our culture’s unhealthy idealisation of psychiatry’s capacity to predict and, ultimately, mitigate risk, writes mental health ethics associate professor at Sydney Uni Michael Robertson.

NSW government rejects call for internet filtering, opt-in Safe Schools

NSW government rejects call for internet filtering, opt-in Safe Schools

May 18, 2017

The NSW government has rejected calls to force internet filtering on the population and to make Safe Schools opt-in only.

Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

Poll Bludger: despite shifting public attitudes on abortion, criminalisation remains in Qld, NSW

May 15, 2017 11 Comments

To the extent that abortion’s technical status as a criminal offence remains, it's clearly the case that the law is running behind public opinion.