Russell Marks

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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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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?

COVID-19 versus human rights

Society

COVID-19 versus human rights

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

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

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

Image of the new government app COVIDSafe is seen on a television monitor

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

Coronanomics

Politics

Coronanomics

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

Northern exposure

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

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Politics

Taking sides over ‘Dark Emu’

How the history wars avoid debate and reason

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Politics

Is elder abuse avoidable?

Our current aged-care system makes it difficult to deliver care in its truest sense

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Politics

Don’t bank on it

Time will tell if the Westpac scandal delivers the reset our corporate culture needs

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Politics

What really happened at Yuendumu?

The promised inquiries must answer the biggest questions raised by the police shooting of an Aboriginal man