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)

What will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement mean for copyright?

Angela Daly examines the leaked chapter of the treaty’s recent draft

18 Nov 13 | Comments (0)

Race in the dock

A murder trial in Alice Springs held up a mirror to the town’s dealings with issues of race, writes Kieran Finnane, and the inter-racial dynamics turned out to be not nearly as clearcut as might be expected

14 Oct 13 | Comments (0)

How Big Tobacco’s divide-and-conquer strategy exposed the EU’s flaws

Unlike Australia, the European Union buckled on plain packaging in the face of fierce lobbying, writes James Panichi. Still not satisfied, the tobacco industry sought to delay new regulations, exposing problems within the EU bueaucracy

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The deaths on 21 June 2012: WA’s coroner reports

Over one hundred people died in the waters between Indonesia and Christmas Island on 21 June 2012 after repeated calls for help. This week’s coroner’s report calls into question Australian search and rescue practices, writes Tony Kevin

01 Aug 13 | Comments (1)