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The Refugees Australia Tried To Offshore Are Still Its Responsibility

OPINION: Dr Claire Higgins, Forbes Inside Asia, 30 October 2017.

Along with the United States and Canada, Australia has proudly resettled tens of thousands of refugees since World War II. Yet in recent years, Australia has adopted a radically harsh approach to those asylum seekers who have traveled by boat to the country’s northern coastline and sought to claim refugee status.

NSW Police has a 'secret algorithm' that judges how likely someone is to commit a crime

Dr Vicki Sentas speaks to Business Insider Australia (26 October 2017) regarding her recent report exposing the 'Suspect Target Management Plan', and it's use by police to identify people at an assumed high risk of committing a crime.

“This type of heavy-handed proactive policing is very damaging to the relationship between young people and the police and we believe it undermines key objectives of the NSW Justice system, including diversion, rehabilitation and therapeutic justice,” said Sentas.

NSW Police Are Using A Secret Algorithm To Target Children Who Might Commit A Future Crime

Dr Vicki Sentas spoke with Junkee Media (26 October 2017), regarding her new report titled, 'Policing Young People in NSW'. 

“This type of heavy-handed proactive policing is very damaging to the relationship between young people and the police and we believe it undermines key objectives of the NSW justice system, including diversion, rehabilitation and therapeutic justice,” said Dr Vicki Sentas.

Children as young as 10 on "secret police blacklist": study

Dr Vicki Sentas spoke to ABC Radio AM (25 October 2017), regarding her recent report into the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP).

Dr Vicki Sentas explained that, "Young people [were] coming in saying I'm on the STOMP, and we were saying, What is this STOMP?".

Two ways forward now that the High Court has ruled on citizenship of MPs

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 27 october 2017.

Section 44 of the Constitution says that a person cannot sit in the federal Parliament if they are a "subject or a citizen … of a foreign power". A unanimous High Court has adhered to the ordinary and natural meaning of these words. It has disqualified five parliamentarians because they are the citizens of another nation. On the other hand, senators Canavan and Xenophon have survived because the High Court could not determine they possess such rights.

George Brandis' submission to High Court in MP citizenship case is 'a stretch'

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 9 October 2017.

The High Court will begin hearing the cases of seven federal parliamentarians who are citizens of other nations on Tuesday. If it was only a matter of applying the letter of the law, their fates would be clear. This is because section 44 of the Constitution states that a person cannot sit in Parliament if they are a "subject or a citizen … of a foreign power".

Parliamentary prayers should be consigned to history

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 25 September 2017.

Whenever Parliament sits, the House of Representatives begins with two prayers. For the first, Speaker Tony Smith says: "Almighty God, we humbly beseech thee to vouchsafe thy blessing upon this Parliament. Direct and prosper our deliberations to the advancement of thy glory, and the true welfare of the people of Australia."

The Lionel Murphy papers shed more light on a controversial life

OPINION: Professor Andrew Lynch, The Conversation, 14 September 2017.

Today sees the release of thousands of pages from the parliamentary archives concerning allegations of improper conduct made against High Court judge Lionel Murphy. They shed alarming new light on an affair that gripped the political and legal class in Australia in the mid-1980s.

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