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).
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Held to account
Why is the cost of banking in remote communities so high?
Call for backup
How authorities lost control of juvenile detention
Screen time, all the time
Do smart devices in classrooms help kids learn?
Don Dale is the tip of the iceberg
Mistreatment of vulnerable people in detention is commonplace throughout Australia
An impoverished estate
The Australian media prioritised personality over policy during this election campaign
Through the windows
‘Play School’ celebrates 50 years of preschool education and entertainment
Pawno does little more than sell nostalgia for a mythic Australian monoculture
Why was this government policy?
George Brandis sensibly reversed his planned cuts to legal services yesterday, but he didn’t explain why it was Coalition policy for 18 months
Up in the air
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.
Trying it on
Tony Abbott’s dubious record on travel entitlements, and political parties’ poor record on declaring donations, suggests the need for greater transparency and accountability
The end of privacy?
This week, and possibly tonight, the Senate will pass legislation that authorises constant surveillance by the state of citizens’ electronic communications
Island of terror
The Moss review ignores the real cause of the abuse on Nauru, because the government won’t go there
Malcolm Fraser, 1930-2015
Malcolm Fraser passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 84. The two periods of his political life – the first leading up to and including his prime ministership, the second covering the three decades since he was finally defeated by Bob …
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