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Freedom of Speech or Enabling a Right to Insult? The Australian Debate over Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

Liz Curran 16th May 2017

With a rise in the Neo-Right worldwide, we see the fear of the foreigner and the blaming of refugees and welfare recipients for ills that often flow from structural inequality and injustice. The discourse is being reframed to that of small government, an individualistic, self-interested focus, a concentration of wealth in the world’s top 1% and […]

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A ‘state-generated’ maid? – care workers in the South Korea

Aelim Yun 15th May 2017

Although jobs of ‘formal’ caregivers have been created by laws and Government intervention, their wages are set to the level of legal minimum wages in South Korea. Gender and age have frequently become the agenda which justifies precarious employment as a norm. As more women across the globe have participated in the labour market in […]

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The European Court of Human Rights and the Emerging Right to Health

Lewis Graham 11th May 2017

The ‘right to health’ is, perhaps unsurprisingly, absent from the European Convention on Human Rights. In a number of recent cases, however, the European Court has etched out a small space within the Convention for such a right, at least in certain circumstances, whilst setting up fertile ground for further development. In 2001, in the […]

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Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence: Offering Security Through Workplace Protection in Australia

Ludo McFerran 10th May 2017

How can domestic violence spill over into the workplace? Most Australian women who report experiencing domestic violence are employed. It is important for those affected by domestic violence to know that they will be supported at their workplace, and to know what form that support will take. In many countries, protection for workers affected by […]

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