Gabrielle Appleby


The promotion of cycling must include significant investment in infrastructure and law reform that legitimises the cyclist as an equal and vulnerable road user, write Gabrielle Appleby and Adam Webster.


The government, citing precedent, will not release legal advice on the validity of its citizen-stripping anti-terror laws. But what justifies this convention, asks Gabrielle Appleby. 


The question of whether decisions can be made objectively and rationally has given rise to some of the great debates of legal philosophy, write Gabrielle Appleby and Heather Roberts


The Australian government's attempt to give unprecedented powers to the private operators of Australia's immigration detention centres looks unlikely to pass the Senate without significant change, write Gabrielle Appleby and Claire Higgins.


The Abbott government’s strategy to treat asylum seekers who arrive by boat so terribly that they give up, is no model for a pluralistic Europe that values human rights, argues Gabrielle Appleby in the New York Times.

Law, scales

In the wake of the High Court's ruling we should extend ICAC's powers, but any new authority should be limited to cases where there are serious or systemic allegations, writes Gabrielle Appleby.


The High Court says ICAC had no power to investigate Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, an important decision that is likely to have a bearing on other ICAC investigations, writes Gabrielle Appleby.


Recent national security proposals and the ongoing focus on asylum seekers have raised questions about what it means to be an Australian citizen, write Gabrielle Appleby and Sangeetha Pillai.

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The High Court is being asked to interpret the meaning of “corrupt conduct" in the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act, a decision that could affect the Commission's investigative scope.

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The Abbott government’s expedited passage of national security laws in 2014 demonstrated an underlying disrespect for the legislative process, writes Gabrielle Appleby.