Section 44 will remain. It's the government that goes up in smoke

This piece was first published in The Guardian on Friday 25 August

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In an era of ignorance and fake news, cold hard facts have never been more important

Huffington Post Australia

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Torture doesn't 'work' and we must rebuff anyone who says otherwise

Huffington Post Australia, 1 February 2017

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18C inquiry an insult to free speech and ignores reality

First published in the Australian Financial Review on Friday, 11 November 2016

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Where Are The Arts In Turnbull's Agility Spin?

Those in the arts community would have had mixed feelings about Tuesday night’s budget. Disappointed that there were absolutely zero new initiatives, but also perhaps relieved there was no new pain.

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Our Watchdogs Should Not Have To Fear Attack

The Human Rights Commission has just been through one of its most testing periods since it was established in its current form in 1986.

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The Only Way To Learn The True Health Of Our Financial Services Industry

Royal Commissions are one of the most powerful instruments of executive government, with great resources at their disposal and significant coercive powers to inquire and to interrogate individuals.

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Why Malcolm Turnbull Should Reverse The Destructive, Clumsy and Dumb CSIRO Cuts

The New York Times has not just written about the CSIRO cuts but also editorialised against them, attributing them to “a deplorable misunderstanding of the importance of basic research into what is arguably the greatest challenge facing the planet.”

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George Brandis Has Failed The Test On Appointments To The Bench

Attorney-General George Brandis has now been in office for more than two years. In that time, he has appointed some 17 judges to the federal courts he is tasked with overseeing and maintaining.

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If George Brandis won't stand up for the Rule of Law, why is he the Attorney-General?

According to leaked accounts of a May Cabinet meeting the attorney general, George Brandis, declared grandly to his colleagues: “I am the attorney general. It is my job to stand for the rule of law.”

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