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Australian refugee policy: Twists in the tale

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

Two Coalition MPs join Tim Watts in call for more private sponsorship of refugees

Professor Jane McAdam speaks to The Guardian (23 May 2017) regarding Labor MP, Tim Watts gaining support in his bid to increase private sponsorship of refugees.

Professor Jane McAdam, said the proposal was welcomed, “because it will enable more refugees to find protection in Australia, simultaneously stimulating the economy, schools and resources in rural areas”.

Digital media experts call for greater Facebook transparency

David Vaile speaks to ABC PM Radio (22 May 2017) regarding the recent leak of Facebook's guidelines outlining the social media network's guidelines for content monitoring.

Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws appeal against blasphemy jail sentence

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (23 May 2017) regarding the sentencing of Jakarter Governor and the retraction of his appeal against the charges.

Dr Crouch explains that Ahok's case illustrates many of the challenges that are currently occuring in Indonesia.

She said, "His case is not just a battle between Islamists and the secular state, but also between rival legal institutions." 

Explainer: why 300 Indigenous leaders are meeting at Uluru this week

OPINION: Harry Hobbs, The Conversation, 23 May 2017

Around 300 Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders will gather from today at Uluru to hold a First Nations Convention. Running over four days, the meeting is the culmination of 12 regional dialogues held across the country on the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Lessons of 1967 referendum still apply to debates on constitutional recognition

OPINION: Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby and Gemma McKinnon, The Conversation, 22 May 2017.

Saturday, May 27, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. As the date approaches, many are reflecting on a moment that is recalled as one of the great “successes” in the advancement of Indigenous Australians.

We desperately need a genuine plan for federal reform

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

If there is one thing our politicians agree on, it is that Australia's federal system is broken. A long succession of state and federal leaders have made this point, including most recently NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who says the Commonwealth "needs a massive overhaul". She wants "an honest conversation about our federation" and a new system that encourages states to pursue reform.

Myanmar failing to stop spread of religious violence, UN envoy says

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Guardian (19 May 2017) regarding the current state of Myanmar and it's escalated religious intolerance following the recent setencing of Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama.

Melissa Crouch discussed an “intimidation campaign” that is currently under way in Yangon, saying that Nationalist protests have in the past shut down religious events.

Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 years after the Poverty Commission

The AHRCentre and UNSW Law were delighted to host the former High Court Chief Justice, Robert French to launch Law and Poverty in Australia: 40 Years after the Poverty Commission, co-edited by Andrea Durbach, Brendan Edgeworth and Vicki Sentas (published by Federation Press).

The launch of the book coincides with the recent appointment of Justice French to lead the Law Council of Australia’s inquiry, the Justice Project, a national review which will investigate barriers to justice encountered by those facing significant economic and social disadvantage.

Miles Ma awarded UNSW Law 2016 Undergraduate Valedictorian

Yingzhe (Miles) Ma has been awarded the 2016 Undergraduate Valedictorian at the UNSW Law Awards Evening, Thursday 18 May.

UNSW Law Valedictorians are recognised for outstanding academic achievement and for their significant contribution to the communal life of UNSW Law.

Miles who recently completed a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce dual degree, emigrated from China with no English skills when he was nine years old. Upon receiving the award, Miles said “it is with great surprise that I was able to study law at UNSW, let alone become the 2016 LLB Valedictorian”.