By Julian Burnside QC So, there is to be a national consultation about the need for a federal Bill of Rights. I support one. A … Read more

The case against Sheikh Mansour

By Zeinab Zein Australia has always been respected for its strong democratic foundation and civil rights record but in recent years the country has faced … Read more

Constitutional Catch 22

By Dr Gavin R Putland Certain critics of a constitutional bill of rights say it would give too much power to unelected judges. That this … Read more

Bill of rights there for the taking

By Pam Walker For years Australia has been the only western democracy without a bill of rights but the next six months provide an opportunity … Read more

Are you F$%&ing s#@!!ing me?

By Roger Hanney Dumbest. Reich. Ever. The competence of George W. Bush appointees hasn’t been bad for everybody. The family friends he put in charge … Read more

Sydney battles for free speech

By Michael Gormly There is a war between free speech and control being fought in Town Hall, and control is winning. The current battle is … Read more


By Lawrence Gibbons Years from now, people will recount where they were back on Wednesday, November 5th, just after midnight Chicago-time, when President Elect Barak … Read more

Sea Shepherd readies for battle

BY PAM WALKER When Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd flew into Australia to fundraise for Operation Musashi this week, he was held for … Read more

Inconvenient ethical dilemmas

BY SHANT FABRICATORIAN It was a policy twist Sir Humphrey Appleby would have been proud of. ‘We should always support law and justice. We just … Read more

Murray’s Red Gums in crisis

By Claudia Magro New research into NSW’s River Red Gum timber industry has found a major mismanagement of taxpayer’s money. The report, an economic analysis … Read more