Character studies

Susan Lever welcomes Helen Garner’s perceptive account of the courtroom dramas unleashed one Father’s Day near Geelong

27 Aug 14 | Comments (1)

Chief Justice Carmody and the “merit principle”

What are we looking for in judges, and particularly in a chief justice? The controversy over the Queensland government’s appointment of Tim Carmody QC helps clarify the issues, writes Andrew Lynch

18 Aug 14 | Comments (2)

The freedom to be a hypocrite

The free speech debate has been marked by selectivity and score-settling, writes Graeme Orr

11 Aug 14 | Comments (0)

The upsides of the buyback

John Howard’s gun buyback scheme had more than one benefit, writes Andrew Leigh in this extract from his new book

31 Jul 14 | Comments (2)

How reactive law-making will limit the accountability of ASIO

The Coalition’s new security legislation shows that it hasn’t learnt the lessons of twelve years of terrorism law-making, write Jessie Blackbourn and Nicola McGarrity

24 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

Unlawful deliveries

Babies born in detention are taking the federal government to court. Meanwhile, being locked up is making their parents dangerously ill, writes Peter Mares

26 Jun 14 | Comments (0)

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you

Emily Crawford reviews Glenn Greenwald’s account of the Snowden affair

06 Jun 14 | Comments (1)

More than a fraction too much faction

The timing of Barry O’Farrell’s departure, and its aftermath, reveal much about the heavily factionalised NSW Liberal Party, writes Norman Abjorensen

20 Apr 14 | Comments (1)