Russell Marks

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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). 



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Society

The Rupertvirus

News Corp’s COVID coverage has been a health risk of its own

Politics

In the wrong

A primary school–aged child in court surely represents the ultimate failure of society, yet Australia won’t raise the age of criminal responsibility

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Politics

The Queen’s cur

On Kerr, the Palace Letters and the Crown’s silence

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Society

At what cost

University fees have never functioned as a price signal in the way the government is anticipating

Image of a Melbourne rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on June 6, 2020.

Politics

Do black lives matter to the PM?

How serious is the Morrison government about stopping Indigenous deaths in custody?

Society

COVID-19 versus human rights

The virus is the latest excuse for governments to slash and burn the individual rights of prisoners

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Society

Wage deals on wheels

Delivering your dinner for half the minimum wage

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Politics

Economic fantasy fiction

Australia’s future is looking increasingly dystopian thanks to our governments’ continuing affair with neoliberal theory

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Politics

Trust me this time

Forgive us our cynicism when it comes to the COVIDSafe app – Australian governments have been downright untrustworthy for a long time

Politics

Coronanomics

COVID-19 is shaking conservatives’ commitment to the neoliberal creed

Politics

Northern exposure

COVID-19 is turning Indigenous communities into a tinderbox

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Politics

Viral panic

On responding effectively to COVID-19 amid a deluge of conflicting information, and with a government we increasingly distrust

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Society

Legal fictions

How the High Court’s “alien” ruling inches us closer to addressing the facts that matter

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Society

All watched over

How far away is mass surveillance when Australian governments are linking CCTV cameras to facial-recognition technology and providing photo IDs to a nationwide system known as ‘the Capability’?

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Politics

The fraught politics of Fire Fight Australia

The imperatives of commercial media mean that the bushfire crisis is unlikely to be a tipping point for denialism