The Read Deal in Parliament, helping to make law

Civil Liberties Australia member and first-year ANU law student Elly McLean was pleased to be asked to be part of a CLA team appearing before a parliamentary committee inquiry. She was able to experience first-hand how laws are shaped and honed, and how groups like CLA make submissions and take part in ‘live’ hearings, which are recorded for the formal Hansard report of parliament’s proceedings. Here she gives her impressions of her first committee experience…indeed, her very first visit to the Australian Parliament.

Judgement is a dying art

Everywhere you look – parliament, public service, church, police – old-fashioned ‘;judgement’ and ‘common sense’ are lacking. And the situation is getting worse, not better, says Rajan Venkataraman.  5 Oct 2016