With Australia’s main political parties overwhelmingly in favour of indefinite detention for refugees with an adverse security assessment, the High Court offers the final hope for a fair go, writes George Williams.
The High Court's highly anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the school chaplaincy program could lead to a radical rethink of how the federal government spends public money, writes George Williams.
The historical record shows that no party has a monopoly on human rights reform. It also shows that every government has, at some point, deserved criticism for breaching human rights, argues George Williams.
Giving cabinet documents to a royal commission creates a precedent that could do long-term harm to our system of government and create a cycle of tit-for-tat inquiries at enormous cost to the taxpayer, writes George Williams.
Royal commissions are shaped as much by the person who runs them as by the powers they wield, and the man named to lead the investigation into Australia's trade unions is a brilliant lawyer with a strong streak of independence, writes George Williams.