Law

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Australia's Migration Act allows for ministerial discretion in cases such as the controversial granting of tourist visas to four au pairs - but there remain questions around responsible government.

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The Modern Slavery Bill presents an opportunity for companies to take seriously their obligation to identify, track and monitor potential problems in their operations and supply chain.

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As lawyer Bernard Collaery and his client face criminal charges regarding the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, there are more questions to be answered.

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Two new strategic alliances between UNSW and Allens and the Law Society of NSW will aim to tackle the challenges of technological change and its impact on lawyers, law and the legal system.  

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Depending on who you are, you could face a longer wait for citizenship in Australia compared to Germany, Canada or the UK, writes Sangeetha Pillai.

Human Rights

Concerns have been raised about whether Australia adequately protects human rights given multiple reports of abuses, including mistreatment of juvenile detainees, write George Williams and Daniel Reynolds.

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Technology is rapidly changing the legal profession so lawyers need to focus on what they can provide that a machine cannot, writes Michael Legg. 

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Much that has been thought in the fields of law and policy seems to need rethinking. But what is to take its place? asks Fleur Johns.

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The unprecedented conflict between George Brandis and Commonwealth Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has potentially serious repercussions for government under the rule of law, writes Gabrielle Appleby.

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The long arm of the Australian law is finally extending to the cybersphere.

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