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Seven reasons the UN Refugee Convention should not include 'climate refugees'

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June 2017.

Critics of the United Nations Refugee Convention tend to fall into two camps. In one camp are those who think the treaty is too old to respond to the displacement challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change and disasters. In the other camp are those who think the treaty is too generous and somehow responsible for the large numbers of refugees we see around the world today.

Police investigate if siege gunman used escort to lure officers into ambush

Dr Nicola McGarrity appeared on ABC's Lateline (6 June 2017) regarding the recent terrorist attack in Victoria.

Dr McGarrity said, "In my mind there are a number of other factors in play in this particular , including the existence of evidence of drug addiction on the part of the perpetrator, Yacqub Khayre, as well as some evidence that potentially he may have had a mental illness that contributed to these events". 

What's going on with Adani, and Indigenous leaders say they want a treaty

Harry Hobbs appeared on Triple J's Hack program (29 May 2017) speaking about the recent Indigenous leaders meeting at Uluru and their request for more than just symbolic Constitutional Recognition.

Q:  Barnaby Joyce described the Indigenous body as “another chamber in parliament”, is that really what it would be like?

50th anniversary of pivotal 1967 referendum

Professor George Williams AO spoke to SBS Radio News (26 May 2017) regarding the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum and what it really did for Indigenous people.

 "Many people have some myths and misconceptions about what this referendum actually did. It didn't give Aboriginal people citizenship. It didn't give them the vote. In fact, what it did do was change the Australian Constitution, which is the rulebook for the nation."

The ongoing legacy of the Mabo decision

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 June 2017.

Saturday was the 25th anniversary of the High Court's Mabo decision. The impact of this landmark case still reverberates today in debates on Indigenous recognition and disadvantage. It is rarely far from the surface as we struggle to come to grips with our colonial past.

The government should pick towns, not industries, to fund

OPINION: Professor Rosalind Dixon and Professor Richard Holden (UNSW Business School), The Conversation, 31 May 2017.

Rather than propping up failing industries, what if government instead provided incentives like tax breaks for expanding firms to locate in regional centres? This would help policymakers avoid a retreat to protectionism while also going some of the way to addressing rising inequality in Australia.

Explainer: how proceeds-of-crime law works in Australia

OPINION: Nicholas Cowdery, The Conversation, 1 June 2017.

The nine legal jurisdictions of Australia have a patchwork of laws directed at depriving criminals of the profits of their crimes. There are many similarities between jurisdictions, but the laws are by no means uniform.

What are proceeds of crime?

Power, treaty and truth

Uluru statement offers up different set of priorities

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 May 2017.

The Uluru statement is a landmark moment in the reshaping of our system of government to reflect the aspirations of Australia's first peoples. It is the first time in over a decade of discussion about constitutional recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have had the opportunity to speak with one voice. Their claims have come late in the debate, but must be accorded great weight and respect.

Australian refugee policy: Twists in the tale

OPINION: Dr Claire Higgins, The Interpreter, 25 May 2017.

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