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All criminal matters start in the local court. The more serious ones work their way up to the higher courts for sentence or trial.
We’ve all been at a work or family gathering when someone has offered a seemingly authoritative statement about the way the law operates. Without some knowledge of the field of law, listeners may simply…
Australia already has extensive counter-terrorism laws and does not need more. However, the government could more specifically target far-right groups in its list of proscribed organisations.
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Disinformation damages trust in government and undermines democracy. Our research shows there are ways to tackle it – with examples from Australia and abroad.
Artificial intelligence is developing quickly, and Australian law needs to catch up.
Some states have changed the wording of their laws in line with recommendations from the royal commission – but more needs to be done.
We need more health workers and public hospitals to provide abortions, a common and essential health service.
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Strip-searching prisoners has been found to breach human rights. Will the Victorian government implement changes to strip-searching policies in places of detention?
Pseudolaw arguments against vaccine, mask and test rules mix real and fantasy legal ideas.
Governments can do much to ensure mass vaccination of their citizens, particularly in the name of public health. But there needs to be careful examination of where that might breach human rights.
The campaign for ‘free speech on campus’ mimics US and UK tactics of using a manufactured crisis to further the goal of increasing conservative political influence in universities.
A patchwork of state and federal laws cover the surveillance of private conversation. But, in all cases, there is a “public interest” defence.
In 1948, as Cecil George Harris lay dying after a tractor accident, he scratched a final message into the vehicle’s fender.
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Courts have had to consider whether an eggshell, a tractor fender, a petticoat hem, graffiti on a wall, and a poem might be valid wills. They’ve shown surprising flexibility in judgment.
Malka Leifer’s extradition process has been in train since Australia lodged its request with Israel in 2013.
Extradition laws are based on the idea that offenders, or alleged offenders, should not be able to evade justice by fleeing to another country. But the case of Malka Leifer shows just how difficult that can be.
An independent review found there was no freedom of speech crisis at universities, but it recommended a model code of conduct.
The pressure for universities to take action on free speech may be more about politics than anything else.
Front pages from Australian newspapers covering terrorist attacks on the United States.
The 2001 federal election was a watershed moment for Australian national security that has set a policy agenda for almost two decades.
Australian Muslims are divided on whether women will get a fair deal under Islamic dispute resolution if it is implemented here.
Islamic dispute resolution is a way of avoiding court but resolving disputes under Islamic law. Other countries use this approach. But is it right for Australia?
To avoid miscarriages of justice, we need a jury direction process that leads to maximum juror understanding.
Because judges have a secondary audience when issuing jury directions - appeal court judges - the language used has become too wordy and confusing. It needs to change.
Among other things, Greer’s dismissal of “harm” also illustrates how misconceptions about rape inhibit prosecution.
The author and academic makes some valid points about rape, but to decriminalise it, as she suggests, fails to recognise bodily autonomy as a key marker of humanity to which women are entitled.
False beliefs about language and speech underlie legal precedents that allow jurors to be “assisted” by unreliable transcripts of forensic audio.
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Not all false beliefs arise from malicious misinformation. Some legal precedents rest on the status of everyday ‘common knowledge’, since shown to be false, but embedded in our law nonetheless.