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Children entitled to a life where their rights are protected
The graphic scenes at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre are yet another example of the appalling history of institutional child abuse in Australia.
Four Corners: Using restraints can be called torture
Graphic images screened on the ABC's Four Corners program, depicting a juvenile detainee being restrained, show why this practice should be banned.
Freedom from extreme poverty as a human right
Philip Alston argues that the conversation around human rights has yet to take seriously how the world’s very poor are excluded from a life of dignity.
Law, science and the forging of “truth”
Social science and legal scholar Prof Sheila Jasanoff considers how science and the law interact or compete with one another in the formulation of public reason
The case for removing judges’ retirement age
Federal judges must retire at 70 in Australia. Has the time come to reassess the use of compulsory retirement as society’s views on age continue to shift?
Are mental health treatment orders out of order?
At any one time, thousands of Australians with a mental illness are being forced to comply with treatment, but now the status quo is being questioned.
Judge, jury and Google
The jury system needs to change to keep pace with 21st Century jurors, who are more digitally-connected than ever before.
Legalising medicinal cannabis: Victoria shows the way
Victoria has become the first state to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis.
Black Saturday: The lessons of expert advice
A Supreme Court case into Australia's devastating Black Saturday bushfires offers keys lessons in law for future hearings.
Why Parliament should decide on same sex marriage
Australia's Parliament should take the decision to change the same sex marriage law and not leave it to a plebiscite, which will cost millions.