The banking sector has problems, but a Royal Commission isn’t the answer.
Royal Commissions work best when one specific issue can be addressed, rather than a wide range of problems.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten says public confidence in the banking sector has taken ‘hit after hit’ in recent years.
Bill Shorten has promised a Labor government would set up a royal commission into misconduct in the banking and financial services industry.
Bill Shorten’s recent performances have displayed a note of confidence.
Next week Malcolm Turnbull will briefly take one foot off the domestic treadmill for his first visit to China as prime minister, going to Shanghai as well as Beijing.
The royal commission’s report should be viewed as only the start of the necessary transformation of Victoria’s family violence system.
The royal commission's recommendations seek a complete transformation of Victorian family violence services, and the state’s prevention of and response to family violence.
George Pell gave four days of evidence to the royal commission via video link from Rome.
One of the most important lessons we have learnt from George Pell’s royal commission appearance is the Catholic Church was – and still is – in a state of denial over child sexual abuse.
George Pell’s evidence, which implied that children’s complaints of abuse were widely disbelieved ‘back then’, overlooks the long history of successful prosecutions.
George Pell told the royal commission into child sex abuse the Catholic Church was predisposed not to believe children's complaints. But, when abuse was reported, police and the courts believed them.
The proposals could add significant value to Australia’s existing uranium mining.
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Offering permanent storage for the world's nuclear waste could open up a huge economic opportunity for Australia.
Outlining a redress framework for survivors was a priority for the royal commission.
The royal commission has made a convincing case for a national scheme for redress: it is more prudent in terms of economies of scale, and more fair and equitable to survivors.
Dyson Heydon prided himself throughout his judicial career on the robust independence and intellectual integrity he brought to the role.
How has a former judge with an avowed commitment to judicial independence and probity found himself at the centre of a very public controversy over his own impartiality?
Dyson Heydon is facing a push to remove him as royal commissioner investigating trade union corruption.
Judges and other officials – such as tribunal members and royal commissioners – must not only be impartial, they must also appear to be impartial.
An issue to emerge from the royal commission hearings is the inadequacy of existing law for dealing with institutions whose negligence made child sexual abuse possible.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published a research paper that suggests organisations be held criminally responsible when their negligence results in harm to children.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten was forced to ask for his testimony to the royal commission on union corruption to be brought forward in the wake of media stories about union deals.
Bill Shorten's July 8 appearance before the royal commission into union corruption is crucial for his credibility and has major implications for his leadership.
Bill Shorten has questions to answer over his time as the head of the AWU, according to Tony Abbott.
The government has always seen Bill Shorten's union past as a prime target, and now it is starting to take serious aim.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill surprised his federal Labor colleagues by announcing a Royal Commission on possibilities for the nuclear industry.
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The terms of reference for South Australia's Royal Commission on the nuclear industry are intentionally broad, meaning that anti-nuclear advocates will have to choose carefully where they direct their efforts.
Victoria’s new Labor government has set up an Australian-first royal commission into family violence.
It is difficult to capture just how important a royal commission with this focus is. For too long, family violence has taken, threatened and pervaded the lives of so many in the Victorian community.
‘No smoking gun’: Julia Gillard has been cleared of any wrongdoing over a union slush fund.
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A mechanism of independent scrutiny – such as a royal commission – remains the best way forward for alleviating defence abuse.
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Commissioner Dyson Haydon said there were dimensions of criminal conduct suggesting a more thorough examination of the unions was desirable.
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