2019 showed that we should focus more on a political system that is failing Australians than on the individual personalities that populate our parliaments.
Crikey readers discuss the prospect of a national bill of rights, AFP raids and the mentality propping up refugee detention camps.
Recent incursions on Australia's free press have shown once again that, without a national bill of rights, liberty is treated cheaply in Australia.
Complaining about police raids on media outlets will achieve nothing. Australia needs a structural mechanism to curb governments and protect citizens and institutions from them.
Crikey readers discuss the government's proposed anti-corruption body and the Ruddock review into religious freedom.
The push for legislative protection of religious freedom could be a way to achieve a bill of rights that Australia so desperately needs.
Our political system is failing to protect our basic rights. A different approach is needed, one that doesn't rely on hacks like Daniel Andrews.
Libertarian and physicist Peter Rohde explains why enshrining a Bill of Rights into Australia's constitution would be a dangerous move, shifting power from elected representatives to an unpredictable and unaccountable judiciary.
Emotional, fear-mongering and ill-informed comments about a human rights charter do not make for robust, reasoned, logical debate, writes Mark Blumer.
Is the government backing away from introducing a bill of rights? In the absence of any serious negatives, we should expect a human rights act within this parliamentary term, writes Susan Ryan, chair of the Australian Human Rights Group.