Tax sugar, they say, but no price on carbon emissions

The story this week is climate change. Not that we can forget the catholic church is responsible for crimes against humanity; or our collective responsibility for destroying lives on Manus Island and Nauru; or the dangers of our government and its new best friends One Nation building up racism and other forms of bigotry, off … Continue reading Tax sugar, they say, but no price on carbon emissions

MYEFO mutterings: casual workers have heard it all before

This week I had the very familiar experience of listening to a neoliberal ideologue treat his audience as economic dunces. It is symptomatic of neoliberalism that its public faces are well-remunerated to take economic claims at face value. Their task is to reproduce these messages to an audience of staff or readers or students or … Continue reading MYEFO mutterings: casual workers have heard it all before

The gold plated ABCC bill, or who is counting the damn cost?

As duly noted by headline after headline, interpersonal relationships in the Pauline Hanson One Nation (PHON) party are dysfunctional. Yeah, we know. If the focus must be on internal party dysfunction, maybe take a look at the governing Coalition: conservative homophobes Cory Bernardi and George Christensen; dangerous and confused racist Peter Dutton and opportunistic wingman … Continue reading The gold plated ABCC bill, or who is counting the damn cost?

First principles of property law: the right to exclude

If you have not seen the footage of Murandoo Yanner banishing Pauline Hanson from the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, it is well worth the 26 seconds. The weekend this clip was posted, I was preparing my first ever property law seminar, Basic Concepts in Property Law. Serendipitously, the High Court case of Yanner v Eaton [1999] … Continue reading First principles of property law: the right to exclude

The curious classification of the Kerr-Queen correspondence and other stories

Last Friday morning 14 October 2016, like Australian law and politics nerds everywhere, I was glued to my computer screen as Solicitor General Justin Gleeson SC took a seat before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. An Honours thesis sat neglected as I glanced from monitor to smartphone, tweeting the key answers and watching aghast as Senator … Continue reading The curious classification of the Kerr-Queen correspondence and other stories

Lying lacks integrity, or IOKIYALNP*

Last week I wrote up a few tips and guidelines to the Malcolm election in which Australia, increasingly miserably, finds itself. I grumbled about the sexism of Dutton and the posturing of the Prime Minister and observed that the Treasurer clearly hates his boss. The post was redundant within hours. Dutton surpassed his sexism with … Continue reading Lying lacks integrity, or IOKIYALNP*

The Malcolm Election: A Primer

As week two of the 2016 federal election campaign kicked off, there was no more important news than the findings by The Australia Institute (TAI) which clearly show the 2016-17 budget measures will not, in fact, create either growth or jobs. In short, taxpayer-funded government hand-outs to business and the wealthy do not trickle down … Continue reading The Malcolm Election: A Primer

From island prison to island prisons: White Australia and other stories

This week the highest court in Papua New Guinea unanimously ruled that the detention camps established by Australia on Manus Island are unconstitutional, which is to say illegal. There were two layers to the decision, both of which went against the case for the legality of the camps. The first was that the establishment of … Continue reading From island prison to island prisons: White Australia and other stories