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Western Australia’s Senate election re-run shows once again the need to reform the process by which senators are chosen, writes George Williams.

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Australia’s relationship with China can progress to a new level if China agrees to sign a free trade agreement during the federal governmen's trade mission, Australian School of Business economist Tim Harcourt says.

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A new video series featuring some of Australia's leading law academics takes viewers behind the headlines for expert guidance on our most pressing contemporary issues. 

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The federal government’s plan to abolish the permanent national security oversight body as part of the red tape "repeal day" is based on a flawed reading of the body's role, warn Jessie Blackbourn and Nicola McGarrity. 

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Abolishing the sacred cow of negative gearing is considered by governments of all persuasions to be electorally unpalatable. But that doesn't mean changes aren't afoot, writes Dale Boccabella.

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Legal aid is a crucial element of a fair and efficient justice system founded on the rule of law – and in the case of asylum seekers, it may be the difference between life and death, writes Jane McAdam.

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Proponents of the 'right to be a bigot' are keen to ignore the historical contexts which gave birth to hate speech – something which minority groups should never forget, writes Fergal Davis.

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Australia could benefit substantially from the opening up of China’s capital markets, but this will require changes in policy settings and increased market awareness, a new report from UNSW's Centre for International Finance and Regulation has found.

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The Coalition has dug itself into a deep hole before its proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are even considered, writes Andrew Lynch. 

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By abolishing the independent monitor of Australia's anti-terrorism laws, the Abbott government is choosing to ignore evidence of how far the laws overreach, writes George Williams. VIDEO 

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