An unsent text message can be a will, an Australian court has decided.
Modern courts may be flexible in working out what your will is after you die, but that doesn't mean you should be complacent.
Danny Lim, Sydney, was convicted of ‘offensive behaviour’ for a sign that referred to Tony Abbott and alluded to the c-bomb. The conviction was dismissed in August this year.
Australia has a reputation for swearing. Yet this sits at odds with laws that criminalise offensive words.
Judge May Lahey (left) with actor Jean Harlow in 1932.
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Dame Roma Mitchell is remembered as Australia's first female judge. But Queenslander May Lahey beat her to the punch when she became a judge in Los Angeles in 1928. Her lack of recognition is symptomatic of how Australia remembers expats, particularly women.
The decision reveals the striking breadth of the government’s power to deal with asylum seekers and refugees in ways that directly contravene international law.
The Australian government had and has the power to do things necessary to establish and maintain its immigration detention facility on Manus Island, despite detention violating PNG law.
Amid a sea of troubles – including the premature loss of their CEO and a money-laundering scandal – the CBA is facing a shareholder lawsuit.
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A new lawsuit against the CBA puts climate change in a new legal light: a financial hazard. The case opens up fresh lines of attack on institutions that contribute to climate change.
For the ABS, even the basic task of sending out ballot papers will not be straightforward.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
Throughout Australian history, previous parliaments have changed the legal understanding of marriage – none needed a plebiscite.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
The Greens have lost their two co-deputy leaders, Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, in a matter of days.
Given the events of the past week, now is an opportune time to discuss reform of a section of the Constitution that makes dual nationals ineligible to sit in parliament.
Migration legislation does not require judicial authorisation for a person to be deprived of their freedom.
In a free society, it ought never to be lawful for a government to detain people by executive order alone.
The rules of engagement regulate the conduct of Australian troops in conflict areas.
Unlike most domestic criminal law, the laws governing the behaviour of Australian armed forces apply to criminal conduct alleged to have taken place overseas.
Whether such a verdict would be handed down in Australia remains to be seen, but there are a few things we do know about cases like this one.
In Australia, there is little regulation of pro-ana material.
Criminalising websites that celebrate extreme, unhealthy thinness is deeply problematic.
The crime of blasphemy is about protecting God and Christian doctrine from scurrilous commentary, and Christians from offence.
Laws against blasphemy privilege the feelings of Christians over other religious people, and have no place in a modern, inclusive society.
It’s not clear how proposed extensive powers for the immigration minister strengthen the integrity of Australian citizenship.
A new bill gives the immigration minister a range of new powers that relate to various aspects of the citizenship acquisition process.
Greg Hunt is one of three Turnbull government ministers ordered to appear before Victoria’s Supreme Court on Friday.
It is obviously important to protect the institutional integrity and independence of the judiciary – but the judiciary and judicial decisions should not be immune from criticism.
Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby is surrounded by Indonesian police on her way to being deported from Bali back to Australia.
Proceeds of crime are covered by federal and state laws, both of which could apply in a case like Schapelle Corby's.
David Buchanan and Fr Paul Kelly have spearheaded pushes to abolish the gay panic defence.
Change Agents: Ending the gay panic defence.
In this episode of Change Agents we look at the abolition of the gay panic defence across Australia.
A terrorist attack in London in March left six people dead, including the perpetrator.
Terrorism laws contain extra hurdles to secure a conviction, so prosecutors and police may prefer to charge offenders with murder or assault in some cases.
Australia’s extradition treaty with China was completed in 2007, but it has never been ratified.
The usual procedures for extradition between countries with substantial and complex bilateral relations – like those that Australia and China have – will now not be available.
In a world where educational opportunity is unjustly distributed, why should private schools be exempt from paying income tax?
In a world where educational opportunity is unjustly distributed, there are questions as to whether private schools should be exempt from paying income tax.