BY TONY BLACKSHIELD
Section 44 of the Constitution – which provides that various categories of persons are incapable of being chosen to sit in the federal Parliament – has been the subject of extraordinary controversy since 2017. In this post, … Read the rest
BY CAROLYN EVANS
Back in 2008, the then Government commissioned Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer Father Frank Brennan to chair a National Human Rights Consultation.
At the time, there was no consensus among the groups consulted about the … Read the rest
BY MARIA NAWAZ AND ANNA CODY
It’s been thirty years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody brought national attention to the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice process on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The shocking … Read the rest
BY ANJA HILKEMEIJER
Two days before the release of the result of the Same Sex Marriage Survey, Liberal Senator James Paterson made public a Bill that would allow anyone who has a strong belief in ‘traditional marriage’ to refuse … Read the rest
BY LYNSEY BLAYDEN
On 27 July 2017, after an 18-month long battle fought on various fronts, including through the courts, the NSW Premier, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian, announced that the government would not proceed with all remaining proposed amalgamations of … Read the rest
BY TONY BLACKSHIELD
Senator Nick Xenophon is OK. Although it employs the word “Citizen”, his status as a “British Overseas Citizen” confers such limited rights and privileges that it does not amount to “citizenship”.
Senator Matt Canavan is OK because … Read the rest
BY MICHAEL MALEY
On 9 August 2017, a government move to restore to the Senate Notice Paper the Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 was voted down. Had the Bill been passed, it would have provided for the conduct by the … Read the rest
BY A J BROWN
Will Australia continue to evolve towards a general-purpose, stand-alone anti-corruption agency at the federal level? Does it need to?
Important light on both questions is about to be shed by two events: publication of the report … Read the rest
BY PETER TIMMINS
The voters aren’t happy.
While there is no single antidote for this winter of discontent, the way government governs is a contributing factor.
The government tells us that belief in democracy is a shared Australian value and … Read the rest
BY DYLAN LINO
A momentous thing happened on 26 May 2017. Gathered together in the shadow of Uluru for an unprecedented National Constitutional Convention, over 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates ‘coming from all points of the southern sky’ … Read the rest