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How the first day of the political year threatened to end the Morrison government

How the first day of the political year threatened to end the Morrison government

When Speaker Tony Smith finished reading the legal advice he had received, MPs held their collective breath.

  • by Tony Wright

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Informer 3838 could lose kids if she doesn't enter witness protection
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High Court of Australia

Informer 3838 could lose kids if she doesn't enter witness protection

High Court says lawyer is putting her two young children at "grave risk of harm" by refusing to go into witness protection and could see them taken into care.

  • by David Estcourt
High Court strikes down NSW laws slashing unions' election ad spending

High Court strikes down NSW laws slashing unions' election ad spending

In a win for the Labor Opposition, the High Court has struck down new caps on pre-election advertising spending in NSW by trade unions and other third parties.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Anonymity no protection for tweeting public servants, High Court told
High Court of Australia

Anonymity no protection for tweeting public servants, High Court told

If a public servant makes a politically charged comment and nobody can identify them, does it still damage the bureaucracy?

  • by Doug Dingwall
Public servants, MPs equal in free speech stakes: Human Rights Commission
High Court of Australia

Public servants, MPs equal in free speech stakes: Human Rights Commission

Bureaucrats hold governments to account too, and shouldn't be gagged, the High Court has been told.

  • by Doug Dingwall
Three states weigh in on public servant free speech case
High Court of Australia

Three states weigh in on public servant free speech case

Their entry into the High Court battle signals the case could undermine their own restrictions on political comment from bureaucrats.

  • by Doug Dingwall
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Immigration Department risked own reputation by outing Banerji: lawyers
High Court of Australia

Immigration Department risked own reputation by outing Banerji: lawyers

Is the public service big and ugly enough to cop anonymous criticism? The High Court will decide.

  • by Doug Dingwall
Attorney-General argues limits to public servant free speech justified
High Court of Australia

Attorney-General argues limits to public servant free speech justified

Bureaucrats should keep their political views private in the interests of responsible government, the government has told judges.

  • by Doug Dingwall
High Court stability at odds with Canberra's political landscape
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High Court stability at odds with Canberra's political landscape

I do not pretend that all of our High Court judges all of the time are immune from political considerations, but the normal pattern is that they play little or no part in the face of legal reasoning.

  • by Crispin Hull
Abortion clinic safe-zone laws 'discriminate against political speech'
Religious freedom

Abortion clinic safe-zone laws 'discriminate against political speech'

 A lawyer representing two anti-abortion activists convicted of protesting outside clinics in Melbourne and Hobart says "safe access zone" laws discriminate against political speech.

'Forced to walk the gauntlet': High Court threat to safe access zones
Abortion

'Forced to walk the gauntlet': High Court threat to safe access zones

Abortion clinic staff fear going back to the “dark ages” as anti-abortionists challenge the Victorian laws that banished religious protesters.

  • by Aisha Dow