The ABC and News Corp have argued that the AFP raids infringe the “implied freedom of political communication” protected by the Australian Constitution.
Media companies' legal challenges to the legitimacy of recent AFP raids will allow the courts to clarify where the line is between national security and press freedom.
Who’s your daddy? This latest court case doesn’t provide any certainty for donors, women and their children.
When can a donor be a legal parent? The latest High Court ruling doesn't make it clear how much involvement a donor needs to have.
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.
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.
Then Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek after the High Court rejected the legal challenge by tobacco companies to plain packaging laws, August 15, 2012.
Australia comprehensively defeated the tobacco giant, but is left with a multi million dollar bill.
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.
A decision to award A$2.5 million compensation for loss of native title marks an important shift in how such claims are handled.
The evidence is against her.
The right to rent scheme has been found by the high court to breach human rights. What's more, it doesn't work, and can prevent society's most vulnerable from finding a home.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
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 final day of parliament was just like the other sitting days of 2018: chaotic.
In the final sitting week for the year, the encryption bill was finally passed, and the Liberal Party changed its rules to prevent sitting prime ministers being toppled.
The Timber Creek claim is being seen as a test case for future Indigenous land rights compensation claims.
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.
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.
Might there be yet another way in which parliamentarians can unwittingly fall foul of dual citizenship laws?
Just when we thought the dual citizenship debacle was coming to an end, there may be another sting in our Constitution's tail.
Senator Katy Gallagher knew she was a British citizen at the last election, but maintains she took “all reasonable steps” to renounce it.
Today's High Court decision on whether Labor Senator Katy Gallagher is eligible to hold her seat will have significant implications for the whole parliament.
The Department of Human Services approach to social security fraud prosecutions has become less punitive in recent years.
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
The only effective way of destroying the undue influence of large foreign donations is by placing a cap on all donations.
If the purpose of this bill is to prevent foreign donations from influencing elections, it manifestly does not achieve that outcome.
Members of the Australasian Federation Conference, 1890.
Parliamentary Education Office
The now-infamous section 44 of the Australian Constitution was a last-minute change by the authors, drafted in private and accepted out of weariness.
Labor senator Katy Gallagher has been referred to the High Court over her possible dual citizenship status.
That it has taken more than five months and a compulsory declaration procedure for some MPs' dual citizenship issues to come to light reflects extremely badly on them.
Katy Gallagher says she will not refer herself to the court because her legal advice was that she had taken all the steps required of her before she nominated.
Katy Gallagher is one of several Labor MPs likely to be referred to the High Court as the citizenship crisis turns on the opposition.
Michelle Grattan and Nick Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Jacqui Lambie bids a tearful farewell in the Senate this week, after becoming the latest politician caught up in the dual citizenship saga.
Changing the Constitution is the only way to draw a line under this chaos.
Jim Molan, the architect of the Coalition’s border policy, appears set to become a Liberal senator.
Hollie Hughes was the next candidate on the Coalition joint ticket for the 2016 election and was set to get the position on the recount.