There are many good proposals in Dreyfus’s reform paper. But they risk being lost once again among the voices of those whose interests are served by maintaining the status quo.
Sex workers and their supporters protest outside the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court during the first appearance of a man accused of killing six women.
The conflation of sex work and human trafficking fuels support for the continued criminalisation of sex work.
Sam Uffindell experienced a form of forgiveness after assaulting a younger schoolboy 22 years ago. But this should be the norm under NZ’s child justice system, which is overdue for reform.
Richard Boyle outside the Adelaide Magistrates Court in July 2019.
Labor is committed to changing the law for the better. Here’s what needs doing
The good news is there are evidence-based strategies that can help you discipline your child without using violence.
Police investigating the cold case murder of US man Scott Johnson, a suspected gay hate crime, at North Head, Manly, in 2020.
Two books on historical gay hate crimes – the murder of George Duncan in Adelaide, 1972, and army officer Warwick Meale in Townsville, 1942 – aim to create positive change by revealing past injustice.
A new book looks at the family court system, just as the Family Court of Australia merges with the Federal Circuit Court.
There are calls for a new offence, to cover cases where an alleged offender engages in non-consensual sex through recklessness.
Criminal trials may hold offenders to account but they are far from perfect. The Victorian Law Reform Commission is looking at how restorative justice could be used for sexual offences.
A major review on sex work laws has just been handed to the Victorian government.
Queensland and the ACT have just passed bans on conversion therapy. But this is far from enough to protect LGBTIQ people from this harmful practice.
The best interests of the child require detention to be used as a last resort.
Given their ability to accept correction, children have a better claim to rehabilitation, reorientation and reintegration.
Witness K’s lawyer Bernard Collaery addresses outside the Supreme Court. Australia’s laws have shown they don’t do much to protect whistleblowers acting in the public interest.
Australian laws make it inevitable for whistleblowers to be charged whenever national security might be involved, even when the information is in the public interest.
A new book by ABC journalist Jess Hill is the result of four years’ investigation into the problem of domestic violence.
A new book scrutinises the social and psychological causes of domestic abuse, its terrifying consequences, particularly the impact on children, and the failure of our legal and social institutions to adequately respond.
Audio used as evidence in criminal trials can often be unreliable.
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Indistinct forensic audio is often ‘enhanced’ to make it sound clearer. But how effective are the techniques that are used? A new experiment suggests they can be highly misleading.
No-fault divorce, or no reason at all – how a revolution in divorce law has come about.
The High Court found that Michael Trkulja could sue Google for defamation due to search results that potentially indicated that he had ties to Melbourne’s criminal underworld.
Google has lost a High Court appeal in defamation litigation brought by Michael Trkulja. It is time to consider that extending “safe harbour” to Google may be a good idea.
Australian governments have too often succumbed to perceived community pressure to limit parole authorities’ independence and powers.
Government and judicial interventions into the decisions of parole boards display a progressive loss of faith in these independent bodies.
The cost of incarceration of Indigenous Australians in 2016 was estimated at A$3.9 billion.
Fines for minor infringements and offensive language crimes are among laws that create a cycle of poverty and disadvantage for Indigenous Australians.
George Pell emerges from court during his committal hearing on historical sexual offences.
George Pell’s current committal hearing engages the principle of ‘open justice’ and some of its most important exceptions.