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)

The Independent Security Monitor’s unfinished work

The federal government’s plan to abolish the permanent security oversight body is based on a flawed reading of its role, argue Jessie Blackbourn and Nicola McGarrity

03 Apr 14 | Comments (1)

“Every law not based on wisdom is a menace to the state”

The number of people imprisoned in the United States has fallen every year for the past three years, yet the land of the free still has a far higher incarceration rate than any other developed nation, as Peter Mares discovered on a recent visit

11 Mar 14 | Comments (0)

A view of pale hills

It’s five years since Canberra’s innovative Alexander Maconochie Centre admitted its first group of prisoners. Peter Mares visited to see if the facility is living up to its aim of being Australia’s first “human rights compliant” prison

25 Feb 14 | Comments (1)

The Brandis agenda

Armed with an ambitious political and legal agenda, the new attorney-general faces a testing time, write Shipra Chordia and Andrew Lynch

04 Dec 13 | Comments (1)