Category - Opinion and Commentary
The voices and rights of children are rarely considered during the pandemic, as Australia prepares to reopen with under-12s unvaccinated, writes Morry Bailes.
In society, those who complain the loudest are heard. That is why vocal minority groups so often get their way, because their influence is gained not by numbers but by...
A ruling on the definition of ongoing casual employment held major implications for both employers and workers, writes Morry Bailes. For a moment it looked like casual employees may be able to have their cake and eat it too.
Discriminating in favour of the vaccinated and calls for compulsory jabs for workers raises questions and legal issues for employers, writes Morry Bailes.
Is it discriminatory to treat people vaccinated for COVID preferentially to those unvaccinated?
Is it wrong in law to entertain the idea of a vaccine passport creating an...
Nations and billionaires are reaching for the stars and a legal framework is needed for the future of a crowded new frontier, argues Morry Bailes.
The last couple of months have put outer space squarely on the table of international relations.
It is not unlike the era of colonisation, when privateers and states worked together...
The power of emergency executive government has legally moved beyond elected parliament, with democracy and the law the poorer for it, writes Morry Bailes.
Democracy must not become a pandemic victim
The way out of the COVID tunnel lies in the confidence of the public to be vaccinated, but in the meantime the law has a central...
Cyclist deaths have risen by nearly 50 per cent since the introduction of road laws aimed at increasing their safety. Morry Bailes questions what’s gone wrong.
It is not just greater publicity that has contributed to the seeming rise in cycling deaths, it’s real. The statistics make for grim reading.
The use of a legal loophole to seize QR data highlights the security and trust issues of a key public health tool requiring individuals to sign in, argues Morry Bailes.
Police use of QR data reinforces privacy concerns
How many times have you heard executive gvernment tell us, as it introduces a particular security measure...
As high-profile defamation cases hit the headlines and courts, Morry Bailes asks if the existing system is fit for purpose.
Is it a coincidence, or does there seem to be an uptick in defamation suits being commenced by Australian politicians?
The question raises interesting considerations not only about defamation laws in...
An anti-corruption inquiry into an Australian police force campaign for recruitment gender balance is a warning for managers to check how results are achieved, argues Morry Bailes.
Gender equality at all costs may be the catch cry of some in our community, but as the Queensland Police Service (QPS) recently discovered, it...