Russell Marks


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


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Election special: Who should you vote for?

Undecided about who to vote for in the upcoming federal election? Take our quiz to find out your least-worst option!

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Matt Reeves’s blockbuster is the best Batman film yet

Concentrated on Robert Pattinson’s psychologically coherent caped crusader, ‘The Batman’ is a cautionary tale about state failure

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Will the drover’s dog have his day?

Without a spirit of reform, Labor under Anthony Albanese is little more than Liberal-lite

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‘Straight to the pool room’: 25 years of ‘The Castle’

Its one-liners are firmly entrenched in the national lexicon, but, a quarter of a century later, what does the classic film tell us about Australia?

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A short history of neoliberalism in South Australia

After decades of privatisation under both Labor and Liberal governments, and on the eve of a state election, where is the reform agenda for South Australia?

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Preferential treatment

Polls have for months been predicting a Labor landslide at the next election, but what role might the United Australia Party play when it comes to preferences?

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House of the rising sum

COVID has not slowed Australia’s property crisis, with more people locked out of the housing market and more left homeless

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Faith no more

In withdrawing support for the religious discrimination bill, the Christian right showed what it wanted all along: the freedom to discriminate against others

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Why hasn’t the government recognised the Aboriginal Tent Embassy?

The decades-long protest is a symbol of Aboriginal sovereignty, which has been vigorously resisted by the Australian government

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Marshall law

Premier Steven Marshall claimed South Australia was “COVID-ready” when the state opened borders just as Omicron was emerging, but it now faces the same issues as the eastern states

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What would a minority government look like?

Might Albanese be pushed by a crossbench of climate-focused independents or Morrison yoked to the rampaging anti-vaxxer far right?

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Cricketing institutions are on a sticky wicket

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

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A homemade algorithm chooses every book I read

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

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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?

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A short history of anti-corruption commissions

Why are state and territory corruption watchdogs increasingly under attack?