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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An impoverished estate
The Australian media prioritised personality over policy during this election campaign
Pawno does little more than sell nostalgia for a mythic Australian monoculture
Through the windows
‘Play School’ celebrates 50 years of preschool education and entertainment
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 …
Budget 2015 is shaping up to be Tony Abbott’s latest book of nonsense
Press freedom or secret warrants?
Will Shorten Labor be able to secure protections for journalists, or will it vote for the government’s metadata bill anyway?
Backflip, split, crash, burn
Tracking the progress of Christopher Pyne’s higher education reforms
Whipping critics into line
The government’s new Whip brooks no dissent – inside or outside the party room
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