10:05am EDT on Wednesday 15 November 2017: a moment in time I will never forget. The euphoria, the tears, the love, the relief. Australia had deemed us equal. Not a handful of politicians, not a small sliver of society – a whopping 61.6% majority, and a phenomenally high turnout rate. That moment in time will be one … More Marriage equality: the euphoric result, the harrowing process, and why it must never happen again
Oh how we long for the good old days When political citizenships were less of a maze Brits were Australians and Australians were Brits And life for parliamentarians wasn’t the pits But alas then we brought in the dreaded section 44 We weren’t to know if it’d make our Parliament rich or poor 116 years … More An Ode to Parliament: On Dual Citizens
It seems like we’ve reached that time of year yet again when the Coalition decides to implode over marriage equality. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called an emergency party room meeting on Monday to discuss the path forward for his party’s marriage equality policy: namely, the failed plebiscite plan. Some MPs have threatened to cross … More Marriage (in)equality: how conscientious objector clauses undermine same-sex marriage
Last week, Deakin University Associate Professor Adrian Raftery set LinkedIn alight (as much as LinkedIn can be set alight…) by posting a photo of the empty classroom he was faced in the first class of his second semester Estate Planning unit (pictured above). Raftery stated that, ‘After being pumped up to give a great class, … More Low class attendance? Teachers need to change, not students
Law-makers are notorious for their ability to forget to update or remove archaic laws that would likely cause a public riot if they were actually applied today. Various people and organisations over the years have spent a lot of time finding the most ridiculous of laws that people have simply forgotten exist: such as Direct … More Offending Christian religious sensibilities, but not others, is still an offence? The blasphemy!
In light of the recent London terror attacks in which bystanders filming the incident both hindered and assisted police, debate has raged as to whether this type of conduct at emergency situations should be seen as acceptable – particularly as nearly every individual now carries a device capable of recording such scenes and uploading them … More Filming emergency scenes as a bystander: a tortious duty for those who do not assist victims?