Disarming outcomes

Disarming outcomes

It feels counter intuitive to say it, but the Australian politician to have done the most to curb the lethality of men’s violence against women was probably John Howard.  As criminologist Michael Salter writes today, the gun control legislation boldly implemented...
The threat within

The threat within

The problem plaguing Australia was on full display this week in all its anxiety-inducing wretchedness. It wasn’t an internal or external terrorist threat. Nor was it the geopolitical ambitions of a foreign foe, perceived or real. Much of the mainstream media would...
Leave the hat, Linda

Leave the hat, Linda

To borrow a phrase from Justice Michael Lee, Senator Linda Reynolds is going back for her hat. The outgoing Liberal senator has made it clear that she will be continuing her defamation case against rape victim Brittany Higgins and her partner David Sharaz over social...
Sticking points

Sticking points

Cohesion, if you wondered, is defined by the good people at Oxford as “the action or fact of forming a united whole”. Which is good to know, because with the notion of social cohesion doing brisk business in the public sphere, we should get our definitions straight....
The lion’s den

The lion’s den

Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins. That was the finding handed down by Justice Michael Lee in the long-awaited outcome to the former Liberal staffer’s defamation case – a loss Justice Lee characterised as Lehrmann having “escaped the lion’s den” (referring to the...