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There are competing laws at the state and Commonwealth level that define who can be determined as a “parent,” a conflict the High Court decision did not necessarily clear up. Shutterstock

Can a sperm donor be a legal parent? In landmark decision, the High Court says yes

The High Court has decided that a man who donated sperm to a friend is considered a legal parent – a ruling that could have a chilling effect on similar artificial insemination arrangements.
The High Court has awarded the Ngaliwurru and Nungali peoples just over A$2.5 million for the loss of 1.27sqkm of non-exclusive native title at Timber Creek, Northern Territory. Shutterstock

Landmark High Court decision guides how compensation for native title losses will be determined

A decision to award A$2.5 million compensation for loss of native title marks an important shift in how such claims are handled.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families. from www.shutterstock.com

Sperm donation is testing what it means to be a legal parent, all the way to the High Court

Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
The Timber Creek claim is being seen as a test case for future Indigenous land rights compensation claims. Maleika Halpin/CrowdSpark

How will Indigenous people be compensated for lost native title rights? The High Court will soon decide

The decision will have huge implications for Indigenous peoples who have lost their land rights and for state and territory governments that may be liable for compensation.
There is enough in the Dutton case to raise questions about whether disqualification has occurred. AAP/Lukas Coch

Explainer: is Peter Dutton ineligible to sit in parliament?

It is possible the home affairs minister is in breach of Section 44(v) of the Constitution – and if the High Court were to find him so, it would cause yet another headache for the government.
The Department of Human Services approach to social security fraud prosecutions has become less punitive in recent years. Julian Smith/AAP

Why prosecutions for welfare fraud have declined in Australia

Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.

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