Applications from trade unions failed to convince Dyson Heydon to disqualify himself as royal commissioner.
Dyson Heydon didn't accept that merely agreeing to give the Sir Garfield Barwick lecture could create an appearance of bias. Judges and royal commissioners are allowed to have political views, he said.
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.
The Great Southern Reef is unique, beautiful and contributes significantly to Australia’s culture and economy. However, few of us realise the magnitude and value of this gem right at our doorstep.
T. Wernberg 2002
The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km and contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia's economy each year.
Protesters at the restart of Japan’s Sendai 1 reactor.
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The restart of Japan's nuclear reactors is good news for climate change. But there are still large psychological barriers to overcome.
NSW Labor leader Luke Foley moved a motion for Labor to review its ‘socialist objective’, which dates back to 1921.
Given that retaining the socialist objective hasn’t prevented the ALP from developing pro-market policies, why is it still seen as such a significant issue?
South Australia’s McLaren Vale is leading the way in adapting to climate change, but the future for vineyards is still uncertain.
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The wine industry is sensitive to climate change, but grape growers also have the funding and knowledge to put themselves at the forefront of climate adaptation. Other farmers should watch with interest.
The ALP’s national conference, held in Melbourne over the weekend, was Bill Shorten’s first as Labor leader.
The Conversation’s experts respond to the ALP national conference on matters of asylum seekers, health, education, party reform and more.
Animals that couldn't adapt to rapid warming quickly succumbed.
Feral cats are thought to be responsible for the decline of many Australian species.
Feral cats are highly adaptable and highly variable, hence we must continue to search for their Achilles Heel and invest in a wide range of control methods.
Research and technology can improve the yield and sustainability of crops like wheat.
By embracing science and technology, Australia's agricultural industry could be more efficient, productive and sustainable.
Under the Coalition government, there has been little regard for asylum seekers' humanity, and no concern for establishing durable solutions to their plight.
Labor has little to gain politically from deviating from the Coalition’s harsh asylum seeker policy, and yet there is urgent need for reform.
Children in particular experience a multitude of viral illnesses during their early years.
Viruses cause all kinds of infections from relatively mild cases of the flu to deadly outbreaks of Ebola. Clearly, not all viruses are equal and one of these differences is when you can infect others.
Voluntary administration has been the widely-used step in efforts to prevent a company being dissolved.
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Voluntary administration was considered a state-of-the-art rescue procedure for struggling companies in 1993. But is is time for another wide-ranging review of our insolvency laws?
In calling for people to be ‘ecological citizens’, Pope Francis is asking everyone in the world to think of future generations.
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Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment has attracted plenty of attention since it was published last week, and indeed it caused a significant stir even before it was released to the public…
ACTU President Ged Kearney has warned the China Australia Free Trade Agreement could lock out Australian workers. Is that true?
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ACTU President Ged Kearney has warned the recently signed China-Australia Free Trade Agreement could lock out Australian workers. Is that true?
The papal encyclical challenges leaders to take action on climate change.
The immediate importance of the Pope Francis' encyclical comes from its potential to influence world leaders and galvanise the developing world ahead of the Paris Climate Conference this year.
The Abbott government has hid asylum policy behind ‘operational matters’ since it took office – starting with then-immigration minister Scott Morrison in 2013.
The withholding of information about government actions in asylum seeker policy undermines its democratic accountability to the Australian people.
“Stickers” find themselves caught in unaffordable housing.
New research into affordable housing reveals some poorly understood distinctions that deserve great policy scrutiny.
When NSW Premier Mike Baird met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, it signalled new opportunities for Australian states.
Following in the footpath of China, India is seeking new state to state tie-ups. Australia should answer the call.
Bill Shorten has introduced a bill into parliament to amend the Marriage Act and allow same-sex marriage in Australia.
The legislative reform required to allow same-sex marriage is not complicated. There is relative consensus as to how this can be achieved.