The historical record shows that no party has a monopoly on human rights reform. It also shows that every government has, at some point, deserved criticism for breaching human rights, argues George Williams.
One neglected corner of the gender and work debate is that of female academics – the women who teach the new generation of leaders, produce valuable research and thought leadership, writes Renee Adams.
What’s next for Qantas? A great deal of uncertainty about its ownership, operational structure and the possibility of support from government. The only certainty is that 5,000 staff will lose their jobs, writes Richard Holden.
Giving cabinet documents to a royal commission creates a precedent that could do long-term harm to our system of government and create a cycle of tit-for-tat inquiries at enormous cost to the taxpayer, writes George Williams.
After 9/11, there were two kinds of lawyer: those who betrayed the rule of law, and those who were inspired to its defence, according to UCLA Professor Richard Abel, who delivers the 2014 Hal Wootten Lecture tonight.
If the government succeeds in scrapping complementary protection laws for asylum seekers important checks and balances will be removed, and enormous inefficiencies created in a system that is already choked, writes Jane McAdam.