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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The silence of the lambs

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

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The cult of Gladys Berejiklian

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

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When two rights make a wrong

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

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Unfinished business

Every Paul Kelly song so far, from worst to best

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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

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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

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Vaccine resistance

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

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On the politicisation of lockdowns

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

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The secret bodgie

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

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Dreaming of Biloela

Tharnicaa Murugappan versus 30 years of policy

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Roll out the babble

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

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The Territory abandons the Don Dale royal commission reforms

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Australian cinema’s New Wave turns 50

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Fallow the leader

Is the electorate willing to give Scott Morrison time to do better?

Rushed judgement


Rushed judgement

When should allegations against senior politicians be published?