Luke McNamara

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At one time, law and order was seen by some as a sure-fire voter winner in elections - but that's changing after a concerted effort by Victoria's opposition appeared to backfire badly.

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While some complain that anti-discrimination laws stifle freedom of speech, there is good evidence that they make a more harmonious, safe and equal society.

racism

The time is right for a crash course on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, its exemptions and the powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission, write Katharine Gelber and Luke McNamara.

free speech

The 'good old days' when we could make racist comments without legal recourse were not that good at all – especially for those on the receiving end, writes Luke McNamara.

no to racism

The debate around amending Section 18C is a furphy: the law is there to guard against the most-damaging vilification, and very few cases end up in court, writes Luke McNamara.

Busker

Buskers enrich the urban environment with their energy and talent, write Luke McNamara and Julia Quilter.

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The problem with laws aimed at “bad guys” is that they frequently have wider impact, write Luke McNamara and Julia Quilter.