• Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – The law unto itself

    Mark Nicol     |      January 26, 2021

    The law should protect the weak from the strong, but all too often the opposite is the case, benefitting those who practice the law rather than those it should protect. If we truly believe in justice, it’s time for a radical overhaul.

  • Rethinking the death penalty

    Steve Johns     |      January 9, 2019

    Fifty years after the last execution in Australia, is it time to revisit the arguments about capital punishment and consider its reintroduction for the most extreme offences?

  • An Australia unified through the pursuit of self-interest

    Kay Harrison     |      September 14, 2018

    Noel Pearson delivered an optimistic “Declaration to Australia”, along with a series of “uncomfortable but necessary truths”, to a packed theatre at UNSW Sydney during this year’s Hal Wootten Lecture.

  • I can see clearly now! Tech innovation in law enforcement

    Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson     |      July 30, 2018

    The rapid acceptance of new technology into our lives creates new risks as well as opportunities and requires a more innovative approach from enforcement and regulatory agencies.

  • How Australia got so many law schools

    Gwilym Croucher     |      June 5, 2018

    Law is cheap to teach and promises high career rewards, but Australia’s boom in law schools after policy changes in the 1980s left too many students chasing too few careers.

  • Pursue drug harm reduction, not a punitive response

    Deborah Rice     |      March 21, 2018

    A Melbourne roundtable organised by Australia21 argues that the social and personal toll of drug use should be tackled through harm reduction measures rather than prosecution and imprisonment.