The ‘Right to Humiliate’: Basic income and the dignity of welfare recipients

By Caitlin O’Gorman The federal government’s move to introduce mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients is yet another attempt to criminalise, punish and stigmatise those receiving income support payments. The trial would see Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients in Mandurah,… Continue Reading

Social inequality in Australia: Is it time to seriously consider a UBI?

By Hillary Montague A Universal Basic Income (“UBI”) may overcome social structural inequalities, poverty and the loss of dignity simultaneously and effectively. With the implementation of a UBI, individuals would have greater access to fully recognising their human rights. A… Continue Reading

A Settlement, not a Solution.

By Sarah Yigit The Nauru and Manus Island offshore detention centres have been at the cornerstone of continuous controversy. A class action brought against the Australian Commonwealth on behalf of 1923 asylum seekers and refugees detained on Manus Island has… Continue Reading

Natural Justice as a Concept in Chinese Law

Is there natural justice in China, and is the concept the same as in Australia? The answer depends on how we frame the question. If the question is whether there is a legal principle of natural justice adopted in statutes,… Continue Reading

The geography of Justice

By Caitlin Dagher The La Trobe Space of Justice Symposium for 2017 was a 3-day event, during early July, held at both the La Trobe City Campus and Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood. The Symposium covered a broad range of… Continue Reading

Why should you be a social justice lawyer?

Recently, at La Trobe Open Day, La Trobe Law School welcomed the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Legal Network Coordinator Melanie Book to speak to our students about what a day in the life of a social justice lawyer at the… Continue Reading

The Fair Work Commission’s Decision on Casual and Part-Time Work

Jill Murray La Trobe Law

By Jill Murray Last week on 5 July 2017 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a significant decision in relation to casual work. (FWC [2017] FWCFB 3541) This blog looks at the ramifications of one aspect of the decision,… Continue Reading

A Second Life with a Second Language

By Huaning Gu English, for most overseas students, is a second language. My friend’s daughter was born in China. She has been struggling with English since she started as a primary school student in Australia. Recently, the school teacher persuaded… Continue Reading