Russell Marks


102 ENTRIES Russell Marks is a lawyer and an honorary research associate at La Trobe University. He is the author of Crime and Punishment: Offenders and Victims in a Broken Justice System (Black Inc., 2015). 


Image of test cricket captain Tim Paine announcing his resignation. Image via ABC News


Cricketing institutions are on a sticky wicket

Tim Paine’s sexting scandal reveals more about institutional failures than personal ones

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


A homemade algorithm chooses every book I read

How a monumental to-read list turned into a spreadsheet that randomly selects books

Image of Australian Greens senator Christine Milne and leader Bob Brown, independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet listening to Prime Minister Julia Gillard announcing a carbon price on February 24, 2011. Image © Alan Porritt / AAP Image


Can we ever hope for a new Clean Energy Act?

Ten years after the high-water mark of cooperation between Labor and the Greens, why haven’t the “progressive” parties worked together since then?

Composite image of former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid, and former NSW premiers Gladys Berejiklian and Barry O’Farrell


A short history of anti-corruption commissions

Why are state and territory corruption watchdogs increasingly under attack?

Image of Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Gary Johns


The silence of the lambs

The corporatisation of the largest charities and NGOs has had alarming effects

Image of Gladys Berejiklian appearing before an ICAC hearing in October 2020. Image via ABC News


The cult of Gladys Berejiklian

What explains the hero-worship of the former NSW premier?

Image of a protestor holding a placard during the “Wake Up Australia!” march against mandatory vaccinations at Hyde Park in Sydney, on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Image © Bianca De Marchi / AAP Image


When two rights make a wrong

What can be done about anti-vaxxers and the far right’s rights-based critique of vaccination?

Image of Paul Kelly


Unfinished business

Every Paul Kelly song so far, from worst to best

Image of Scott Morrison pictured with his family after winning the 2019 election


Morrison’s path to victory

Pollsters are describing remarkably different scenarios about the Coalition’s election chances, as the PM tussles with the states over lockdowns

Image of Constable Zachary Rolfe. Image via Facebook


A question of good faith: the trial of Zachary Rolfe

The alleged murder of Kumanjayi Walker by a police officer has ignited a legal quandary

Image of Scott Morrison holding a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine. Image via Facebook


Vaccine resistance

Despite historically high vaccination rates, Australia has developed a significant anti-vax movement in the middle of a global pandemic

Image of Sky News host Alan Jones


On the politicisation of lockdowns

How much responsibility does Rupert’s right bear for the spread of the Delta variant?

Image of Bob Hawke in Sydney on September 10, 1969, having been elected president of the ACTU. Image via Wikimedia Commons


The secret bodgie

What do we make of Bob Hawke’s American mates?


Dreaming of Biloela

Tharnicaa Murugappan versus 30 years of policy

Image of Brendan Murphy, Greg Hunt and Scott Morrison


Roll out the babble

Vaccination logistics are complex, but the government’s failure is in communications