Author: Sarah Joseph

  • Academic freedom and the suspension of Roz Ward

    Academic freedom and the suspension of Roz Ward

    By Sarah Joseph The co-founder of the now-controversial Safe Schools Coalition, La Trobe academic Roz Ward, has been suspended by her university following a Facebook post in which she called the Australian flag racist, and suggested that it be replaced with the socialist red flag. New Matilda has reported that La Trobe University’s reasons were as […]

  • Tony Abbott’s contempt for international human rights law

    Tony  Abbott’s contempt for international human rights law

    Tony Abbott’s open contempt for international human rights law Sarah Joseph, Monash University Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has penned an essay in Quadrant defending his government’s stance on national security. It betrays an extraordinarily open contempt for international human rights law. Mr Abbott starts by saying that he is proud that his government was […]

  • Australia found to have breached the human rights of David Hicks

    Australia found to have breached the human rights of David Hicks

     By Sarah Joseph The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) released its reasons in Hicks v Australia on February 16, 2016, in which it found that Australia had breached David Hicks’ right to be free from arbitrary detention. While the decision represents a measure of vindication for Hicks in the face of ongoing hostile disdain from the […]

  • On the ground at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

    On the ground at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

    While Australia accepted the vast majority of the recommendations from the 2011 UPR…only 10% have been fully implemented.

  • Australia’s bid for the UN Human Rights Council

    By Sarah Joseph Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced that Australia is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the period of 2018 to 2020. The bid was originally made by the previous government, and has now been officially endorsed by this one. What is the Human Rights Council? The UN Human […]

  • A Constitutional Referendum: a Hail Mary for those opposed to Marriage Equality

    A constitutional referendum: a ‘Hail Mary’ for those opposed to same-sex marriage Sarah Joseph, Monash University On Tuesday, August 11, prospects for same-sex marriage legislation in Australia in the near future were quashed when the governing Coalition partyroom voted against a conscience vote in favour of maintaining opposition to same-sex marriage. However, senior members of […]