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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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A recent constitutional challenge to parts of Queensland's anti-bike laws provides the High Court with a platform to clarify how fundamental values are protected from legislative infringement, writes Rebecca Ananian-Welsh.  

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UNSW Law has announced the recipients of the generous John M Green and Ngoc Tram Nguyen scholarships, which help high achievers study at university regardless of their background.

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AGSM Director Professor Chris Styles has been appointed Dean of the Australian School of Business at UNSW. He will replace Professor Geoffrey Garrett, who has been appointed Dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Party solidarity counts for little in the federalism sphere, and Tony Abbott's white paper may not go far enough in changing the settings and entrenched behaviours in Commonwealth-state relations, writes Andrew Lynch. 

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We can only consider the possibility of a universal constitution for the internet when we acknowledge the impact public and private choices have on shaping the web, write Lyria Bennett Moses and David Vaile.  

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The recent High Court decision regarding native title rights in Western Australia has reminded governments that accepting coexistence might be wiser than insisting on extinguishment, writes Sean Brennan. 

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The Privacy Commissioner's expanded powers to enforce the Act, including penalties for serious breaches, will be of limited value unless their use is transparent and visible, writes Graham Greenleaf. 

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If the Commission of Audit wants to paint the true picture it needs to subject tax deductions, rebates and exemptions to the same standard of scrutiny applied to other expenditures, writes Dale Boccabella. 

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