The Australian government had and has the power to do things necessary to establish and maintain its immigration detention facility on Manus Island, despite detention violating PNG law.
A new lawsuit against the CBA puts climate change in a new legal light: a financial hazard. The case opens up fresh lines of attack on institutions that contribute to climate change.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
Given the events of the past week, now is an opportune time to discuss reform of a section of the Constitution that makes dual nationals ineligible to sit in parliament.
In a free society, it ought never to be lawful for a government to detain people by executive order alone.
Unlike most domestic criminal law, the laws governing the behaviour of Australian armed forces apply to criminal conduct alleged to have taken place overseas.
Whether such a verdict would be handed down in Australia remains to be seen, but there are a few things we do know about cases like this one.
Criminalising websites that celebrate extreme, unhealthy thinness is deeply problematic.
Laws against blasphemy privilege the feelings of Christians over other religious people, and have no place in a modern, inclusive society.
A new bill gives the immigration minister a range of new powers that relate to various aspects of the citizenship acquisition process.
It is obviously important to protect the institutional integrity and independence of the judiciary – but the judiciary and judicial decisions should not be immune from criticism.
Proceeds of crime are covered by federal and state laws, both of which could apply in a case like Schapelle Corby's.
Change Agents: Ending the gay panic defence.
In this episode of Change Agents we look at the abolition of the gay panic defence across Australia.
Terrorism laws contain extra hurdles to secure a conviction, so prosecutors and police may prefer to charge offenders with murder or assault in some cases.
The usual procedures for extradition between countries with substantial and complex bilateral relations – like those that Australia and China have – will now not be available.
In a world where educational opportunity is unjustly distributed, there are questions as to whether private schools should be exempt from paying income tax.
New South Wales law provides no clear definition of the crimes that fall into the worst possible category. This leads to inconsistent and unfair sentencing.
In many cases, a reference will contain negative things about its subject. This is part of a reference’s design: the referee should give a full and frank assessment.
Charities in Australia can be political. They can advocate and lobby to further their charitable purposes. But they can't be party-political.