Defamation: Recreation for the Rich or a Tool for the Powerless?

Joe Hockey’s short-lived “victory” of $200,000 in damages – awarded in his defamation suit against Fairfax – was last week dwarfed by a costs order requiring Fairfax to pay just 15% of his legal costs. Graham Hryce, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, estimated that this would leave Hockey approximately $650,000 behind. Hockey has asserted Read more about Defamation: Recreation for the Rich or a Tool for the Powerless?[…]

Indigenous Recognition – the way forward?

If 85% of people are in favour of recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution – a record percentage of support – then why hasn’t it happened yet? What is holding back an crucial reform that is widely supported? The explanation begins with Australia’s history of resistance to constitutional change. Out of 44 referenda since Federation, only eight Read more about Indigenous Recognition – the way forward?[…]

Note on the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Domestic Violence Complaints) Act 2014

On 1 June 2015 the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Domestic Violence Complainants) Act 2014 (also known as the Domestic Violence Evidence in Chief Act) came into force. The new Act amended the Criminal Procedure Act 1986; the amendments can be found in Part 4B of the 1986 Act. The amendments allow police to take an audio Read more about Note on the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Domestic Violence Complaints) Act 2014[…]