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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.

Indonesia challenges Australia’s anti-dumping measures at the WTO

OPINION: Dr Weihuan Zhou, The Conversation, 15 September 2017.

In the midst of sensitive trade negotiations between Australia and Indonesia, a dispute has broken out between the two countries over Australia imposing protectionist trade tariffs on Indonesian paper imports. But now other WTO countries are looking to emulate Australia’s “anti-dumping” policies in order to gain an economic edge.

Insight – Australia WTO paper dispute: impact on new EU antidumping methodology

OPINION: Dr Weihuan Zhou and Stéphanie Noël, Borderlex, 7 September 2017.

On 1 September 2017, Indonesia brought a dispute to the World Trade Organization over Australia’s anti-dumping measures on A4 copy paper. The implications of a ruling in this case will go far beyond the case at hand and may impact, in the long-term, the anti-dumping practice of the European Union.

The twisted politics of terrorism in Myanmar

Opinion: Melissa Crouch, the Interpreter, 12 September 2017.