A 1971 High Court ruling on rugby league contracts set an important Australian precedent on human rights. Fifty years on, we need to decide if players deserve the right to a presumption of innocence.
This is a big win for Australia’s consumer watchdog in its ongoing battle against misleading environmental claims.
Sexual harassment is endemic within the law. This inquiry’s finding must be the catalyst for genuine and long overdue change in the profession.
Glencore’s lawyers argued anything about the company in the Paradise Papers was “privileged” and the tax office should be prevented from using that information.
The High Court of Australia has given the Australia Taxation Office a green light to use leaked information about Glencore and offshore tax havens.
Michelle Grattan discusses the high court’s decision to uphold the sacking of a public servant due to anonymous social media posts criticising the government.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Geoff Crisp speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
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.
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.
Tony Mokbel was sentenced to at least 22 years in jail in 2012 after pleading guilty to large-scale drug importation - but some argue he could get a new trial or even walk free given the latest revelations.
The royal commission will examine the conduct of a defence barrister who became an informant to the police - supplying information on her own clients that had been given to her in strict confidence.
Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court.
A challenge in the High Court, starting today, will argue that “safe access zones” around abortion clinics impede the constitutional right to freedom of political speech. Here’s why that’s wrong.
Problems with section 44 of the Constitution have absorbed a great deal of time, money and energy over the past year – it’s time all politicians worked towards genuine reform.
The dual citizenship crisis claimed five more scalps today: Katy Gallagher, Susan Lamb, Rebekha Sharkie, Justine Keay and Josh Wilson.
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Today’s High Court decision against Katy Gallagher has clarified how to interpret the constitution on this matter. But the problem of dual citizenship can only be properly fixed by a referendum.
George Brandis said the government would ask the court to deal with the citizenship issue urgently.
George Brandis says he is confident that decisions made in office by ministers now under a dual citizenship cloud are not in doubt.
If you’re a public servant, just liking a post on Facebook or Twitter could be a problem.
Social media is complicating Australia’s implied constitutional right to political speech. Bernard Gaynor’s case could offer more clarity.
The decision is a win for 69-year-old Queensland breast cancer survivor Yvonne D'Arcy.
Australia’s highest court has ruled a gene mutation linked to cancer cannot be patented, ending a long battle over whether companies can own the rights to genetic material.
Three of the seven seats in the High Court of Australia will soon be filled by women judges.
Now that women will make up 40% of High Court judges come June 2015, is gender now irrelevant? Hardly. Women have made up slightly less than 10% of all High Court judges in the court’s history.
Challenges to the patents for BRCA mutation tests in Australia and the United States resulted in opposing conclusions.
Recent cases in Australia and the United States and a new case in Canada show how controversial the subject of gene patents is. But technological advances and the cost of patenting may soon mean gene patents…
Australian federalism has moved away from the intent of its founders.
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The reform of Australia’s federation is under review. In this special series, we ask leading Australian academics to begin a debate on renewing federalism, from tax reform to the broader issues of democracy…
Services can now be expanded to include drug and relationship counselling, sports coaching, as well as stress reduction and meditation.
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The High Court of Australia has declared federal funding of the school chaplains program unconstitutional, largely because it doesn’t meet the legal criteria for authorising such payments. But this lack…
We need to look beyond bikies for a solution to tackle organised crime in Australia.
Last week, the High Court upheld Queensland’s controversial criminal association laws, which had been challenged by the Gold Coast Chapter of the Finks Motor Cycle Club and Pompano Pty Ltd. The challenge…
Google has scored a legal victory over the ACCC – but what was it all about?
Google has won its long-running legal battle with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), after the High Court today overturned a ruling that the company had engaged in “misleading and…