The role of local government has expanded over the last century, assuming greater responsibilities in service-delivery. In light of this, formal recognition in the Constitution is seen by many as a must, writes Shipra Chordia.
UNSW alumnus Damien Miller will become Australia’s first indigenous head of an overseas mission when he takes up his posting as Ambassador to Denmark this month.
Having a 'right to education' can open a legal minefield, writes Fergal Davis.
International human rights lawyer Megan Davis has been elected in a landslide to a second term on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Consumers who benefit from the clothing industry's addiction to cheap labour must take some responsibility for the Bangladesh factory deaths, writes Alecia Simmonds.
Rather than uniting Australians, a plebiscite on gay marriage is likely to deepen divisions and further polarise the community, writes George Williams.
Care must be taken to ensure that mandatory pro bono imposed on law students, who by definition are not admitted as lawyers, does not do more harm than good, write Michael Legg and John Corker.
Instead of opposing torture, Australia supported Guantanamo Bay and what occurred there, letting inaction and acquiescence speak on our behalf, writes George Williams.
Julian Assange is a hero to many, but even a hero must comply with the ordinary criminal law, whether it be that of Australia, Britain or Sweden, writes George Williams.
The European Union stumbled badly in dealing with the banking crisis in Cyprus with consequences likely to reverberate through Europe for years to come, writes Professor Ross Buckley.