Russell Marks is a writer and lawyer. He is an honorary associate at La Trobe University, and the author of Crime and Punishment: Offenders and Victims in a Broken Justice System (Black Inc, 2015).
Articles by this author
Mistreatment of vulnerable people in detention is commonplace throughout Australia
Don Dale is the tip of the iceberg
The Australian media prioritised personality over policy during this election campaign
An impoverished estate
George Brandis sensibly reversed his planned cuts to legal services yesterday, but he didn’t explain why it was Coalition policy for 18 months
Why was this government policy?
The Abbott government and the renewable energy industry are 1,500 gigawatt hours away from an agreement on the RET...but Ian Macfarlane won't budge.
Up in the air
Tony Abbott’s dubious record on travel entitlements, and political parties’ poor record on declaring donations, suggests the need for greater transparency and accountability
Trying it on
This week, and possibly tonight, the Senate will pass legislation that authorises constant surveillance by the state of citizens’ electronic communications
The end of privacy?
The Moss review ignores the real cause of the abuse on Nauru, because the government won’t go there
Island of terror
Will Shorten Labor be able to secure protections for journalists, or will it vote for the government’s metadata bill anyway?
Press freedom or secret warrants?
The government’s new Whip brooks no dissent – inside or outside the party room
Whipping critics into line
An extract from ‘Crime and Punishment: Offenders and victims in a broken justice system’
Taking victims seriously