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Free Speech and the High Court

Uninhibited free speech does not have constitutional protection in Australia. Commonwealth and State legislatures have passed laws dealing with defamation, racial hatred, obscene and blasphemous libel, copyright, official secrecy, contempt of court, censorship, treason and the like, placing express limits on speech and expression. Influenced by, amongst other things, United States jurisprudence, the High Court recognised a limited constitutional implication

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Workplace Surveillance and Privacy

Scott McNealy, CEO and co-founder of Sun Microsystems was famously reported to have said “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” McNeally may well be right on the facts, but he is wrong on the attitude. Instead of ‘getting over it’, citizens need to demand clearer and stronger laws on privacy, security, and confidentiality. Under the New South Wales

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Governance at UNSW

Australian Universities, more so than many organisations, can be highly political. Disputes and standoffs between the University Council, Vice Chancellor’s and Chancellors, are not uncommon.  When these stand offs arise they can paralyze university administration. It is critical therefore that university governing bodies and university staff have an understanding of their respective roles and duties, to ensure effective governance. University

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Absurdity of alleged copyright infringement

The free music, movies, software, culture person in all of us wants either no copyright laws (or at least much broader fair dealing exemptions and a larger amount of open source content). But the innovator, content provider and aspiring author in all of us wants a strong copyright regime that protects against intellectual property piracy. There is, of course, a

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