Business & Law

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David Hicks' future is as much a matter of politics as the law, but getting our leaders to step in and support him seems unlikely, write Fergal Davis and Nicola McGarrity.

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The government was right to defer next year's referendum on recognising Aboriginal peoples in the constitution, writes George Williams.

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In light of the challenges facing Australia's ageing workforce, the traditional retirement age needs to be redefined, argues Rafal Chomik.

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Why should apartment owners be vulnerable to the loss of their home in a way that owners of freestanding houses never are, asks Cathy Sherry.

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A landmark Federal Court ruling puts the impetus on politicians and regulators to decide what is in the public interest, writes Justin O'Brien.

Nolan Justine

Revelations of children working for less than a dollar a day to make Australian footballs have rekindled an old debate, Justine Nolan writes.

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The Gillard government's announcement that it won't push ahead with the referendum for constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples comes as no surprise, writes Andrew Lynch.

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Indigenous women are often invisible in the administration of justice, posing a serious obstacle to rights to self-determination, UNSW law professor Megan Davis has told a United Nations panel.

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As defeat looms for marriage equality in Federal Parliament, momentum is building for change in the states, writes George Williams.

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Appointing a new small business commissioner without legislative teeth is futile, argues Frank Zumbo.

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