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Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced his government would be putting a bill to legalise assisted dying to parliament next year. JULIAN SMITH/AAP

Victoria’s model for assisted dying laws may be narrow enough to pass

Victoria stands a chance of becoming the first Australian jurisdiction in 20 years, and the first ever Australian state, to have an assisted dying law.
Should the government be able to use intellectual property laws to control who can criticise its health policies by using the Medicare logo? AAP/Joel Carrett

Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to update Australia’s IP laws

Using intellectual property laws to try to shut down Mark Rogers’ 'Save Medicare' website shows how these laws serve to restrict free speech and advance government privatisation agendas.
How effective are drug-detection dogs in minimising harm? AAP/Paul Miller

Why drug-detection dogs are sniffing up the wrong tree

Drug-detection dogs don't stop most drug use. And they have been shown to encourage more dangerous practices, criminalise and traumatise marginalised groups, and render all as potential suspects.
It will take a whole-of-community effort to challenge child abuse material and prevent such sexual violence and abuse before it occurs. shutterstock

It takes a village: law reform can’t be the only response to online child abuse material

The Victorian government will bring its laws up-to-date with new forms of exploitation and abuse of children and young people that are associated with communications technologies.
Most people against recognising Aboriginal customary law think there’s only one law in Australia. AAP/Joe Castro

Why Australia won’t recognise Indigenous customary law

Few in Australia understand the context and true meaning of customary law. Denials of its validity are often based on ignorance or on specific examples devoid of context.
Masked sex workers lead a march to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Debate around sex work in South Africa tilts towards decriminalisation

Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.

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