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People love parklets, and businesses can help make them happen

OPINION: Amelia Thorpe, The Conversation, 6 December 2017.

As councils across Australia strive to enhance their liveability, parklets are proving popular among city communities. A poll of 300-plus citizens gathered for the inaugural Perth City Summit in August found parklets are the street activation people would most like to see. But why are they so desirable?

Don't expect a long line of victims to front royal commission: experts

Professor Dimity Kingsford Smith speaks to The Age, Melbourne (6 December 2017) about the royal commission into financial services led by former High Court judge Kenneth Haynes.

Crisis in Myanmar – its origins and our response

Dr Melissa Crouch participated in a panel discussion for The Lowy Institute on 5 December 2017.

Over half a million Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since 25 August, bringing with them accounts of crimes against humanity by Myanmar security forces and local mobs.

On 5 December the Lowy Institute convened an expert panel for a discussion of the background to the current crisis, including the roles of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s military, and an examination of what Australia and the international community can do to address one of Southeast Asia’s most serious humanitarian crises in decades.

Section 44 compliance 'extraordinarily difficult'

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 2017.

As expected, the citizenship declarations of federal parliamentarians reveal further cases of uncertainty. One example are those members, including Josh Wilson, Justine Keay and Katy Gallagher, who sought to renounce their foreign citizenship before the 2016 federal election, but only received notice this had taken effect after the election concluded. As a result, they were dual citizens when they stood for office.

New innovation and technology hub to tackle the future of law and the legal profession

Two new strategic alliances between UNSW and Allens and the Law Society of NSW will aim to tackle the challenges of technological change and its impact on lawyers, law and the legal system.

Two new strategic alliances between UNSW Sydney and each of Allens and the Law Society of New South Wales will aim to tackle some of the increasingly complex challenges presented by digital and other technological transformations and their impact on lawyers, law and the legal system.  

UNSW launches Allens hub for tech, law and innovation

The University of NSW has unveiled a major legal research centre backed by national law firm Allens and the state Law Society that will focus on innovation and technology within society and the legal profession.

The centre, to be known as the Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation, is supported financially by a five-year commitment from the Law Society of $250,000 a year as well as an undisclosed sum from Allens.

The hub, which is led by associate professor Lyria Bennett Moses, is a response to one of the key ­recommendations in a Law Society report that examined the future of law and technology.

Open banking: The revolution that could save the Big Four — and the consumer

OPINION: Professor Ross Buckley, ABC News, 23 November 2017.

Australians change their spouse more frequently than their bank.

We tend, on average, to spend about 16 years with a bank, but only nine with a spouse.

That is sad in so many ways, but so were the days before the Family Law Act, with private investigators photographing errant spouses through bedroom windows and endless, unedifying arguments about who was at fault in a divorce.

Yet those bleak times persist in our relationship with our bank.

Australian laws fall short when it comes to protecting religious liberty

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 2017.

Leading conservatives reacted to the clear result in the same-sex marriage postal survey by flagging a wind-back of anti-discrimination protections. This has predictably, and rightfully, received a scathing response. Sensing defeat, they have changed tack. Cabinet ministers are now calling for Parliament to include a general protection for religious freedom in the same-sex marriage law, or to enact a separate "religious protections" bill in the new year.

Backpackers, international students suffer widespread wage theft, report finds

A national survey of temporary workers in Australia has uncovered widespread exploitation of backpackers and international students working in a range of industries.

Workplace exploitation of  backpackers and international students in Australia is endemic and severe, a landmark study by UNSW Sydney and UTS has found.

One in three international students and backpackers are paid about half the legal minimum wage, according to a major new report, Wage Theft in Australia, the most comprehensive study of temporary migrants’ work and conditions in Australia.

Suspect Target Management Plan - Mornings with Wendy Harmer

Dr Vicki Sentas appeared on Mornings with Wendy Harmer (17 November 2017) to discuss her recent report into the STMP (Suspect Target Management Plan).

Dr Sentas was asked what brought STMP to her attention, responding, "Community legal centres like Redfern Legal Centre, who I work with, I run a ‘Police Powers Clinic’ where members of the community who have complaints around the police, can go to Redfern Legal Centre and get some advice."

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