Social Security Appeals and Access to Justice: Learning from the robodebt controversy

How did a flawed interpretation of the Commonwealth’s debt-raising powers take hold and persist through four years of criticism? And what does the affair tell us about how internal and tribunal appeal mechanisms are functioning? While public discussion of the robodebt[ii] controversy has often focused on technology or algorithms, this article argues that it also represents a familiar tale of what occurs when we fail to promote access to justice. In an era where technology can facilitate the making of hundreds of thousands of decisions, the effective, prompt governance of legal interpretation has never been more important. Continue Reading

Remedying Robodebt: The Unanswered Questions

With the onset of coronavirus crisis, all Australians have recognised that we must to come together to protect those most in need. We have rushed to support unprecedented measures to build resilience and encourage the solidarity needed to push through unique challenges. As I’ve discussed elsewhere, the speedy reset of our social security system reflects a long-delayed and needed recognition that it represents a critical piece of national infrastructure. There remain, however, areas we must fix so we can generate the community needed to fight the challenges facing us. One is the urgent need to remedy robodebt. Continue Reading

La Trobe LawTech explores big data, privacy and the law

This year La Trobe Law School’s LawTech team have been at the forefront of debates surrounding artificial technology, social media regulation and the role of big data in government decision making. La Trobe LawTech is a research, educational and consulting… Continue Reading

Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age: An innovative approach to learning about privacy

La Trobe Law School offers a cutting edge masters degree in Cybersecurity Law, with some subjects from this degree also being made available as electives to other masters students or our JD program. One of these subjects, “Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age”, is… Continue Reading

Could you really go to jail for highlighting text in a PDF?

 Yesterday’s reporting of leaked private information shocked the public – and triggered further debate on how we go about constructing and overseeing the management of data and personal information. Reading that the mobile numbers of virtually all Australia’s serving MPs,… Continue Reading