George Williams

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The Abbott government will soon make two very significant appointments to the High Court, arising from the retirements of Justices Kenneth Hayne and Susan Crennan, writes George Williams.

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Gough Whitlam led a government that mixed controversy and turmoil with unprecedented achievement, writes George Williams.

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Mike Baird has announced changes to the state's political finance laws,but they may be overturned by a constitutional challenge lodged by former Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy, writes George Williams.

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The anti-terror bill, which allows journalists to be jailed for reporting on intelligence operations and lets ASIO spy on computer networks, has sailed through parliament with dangerous speed, writes George Williams

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Australia is in the midst of a free speech debate that threatens to go nowhere, writes George Williams.

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The extent to which changes to Australia's anti-terrorism laws would expand the powers of government at the expense of citizens is unexpected and quite shocking, writes George Williams. 

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The Australian Constitution reflects our history of white settlement, but fails to mention the much longer occupation of the continent by Aboriginal peoples, writes George Williams.

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The commonwealth has suffered three major High Court defeats that have set limits to its spending power. It's time it gets the message and recognises the rules of the game have changed, writes George Williams.

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The bottom line for the government is that many of its policies will survive or fall in the Senate according to the will of the Palmer United Party, writes George Williams.

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Full public funding for NSW election campaigns has immediate appeal, but closer inspection shows it's fraught with many problems, not in the least the huge cost to taxpayers, writes George Williams.

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