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    Twenty Years after the High Court's Wik Decision, How Does the 'Judicial Activism' Charge Stand Up?
    Josev, T (The Conversation Media Group, 2016)
    2016 marks 20 years since the High Court handed down the Wik Peoples v Queensland decision on the extent to which pastoral leases over land in Queensland extinguished native title. This year also marks the 20-year anniversary of the stoking of the judicial activism debate in Australia.
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    Do Children's Rights Matter?
    Tobin, J (Right Now, 2012-07-20)
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    Can Ethical Labelling Make Food Systems Healthy, Sustainable, and Just?
    Parker, C ( 2019)
    Consumers are often encouraged to “vote with their fork” and “say no” to unhealthy, unsustainable and unfair food. Food packaging is typically littered with claims about the nutrition, ethics and social goods associated with the product inside. Claims like “organic”, “GMO free”, “fair trade”, and “anti-biotic free” are common. But can consumer preference base labelling make a difference to the health, sustainability and ethics challenges facing the food system?
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    National plan to allow battery cages until 2036 favours cheap eggs over animal welfare
    Parker, C ; Bromberg, L ( 2021-07-05)
    Eggs laid by battery hens would be phased out within 15 years under a plan to improve poultry welfare in Australia. The proposal signals some relief for the 10 million or so egg-laying hens still kept in battery cages in Australia. But it doesn’t go far enough.
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    Gaining Clarity of the Ethicial Issues of a Possible COVID-19 Vaccine
    Munsie, M ; Gyngell, C ; Taylor-Sands, M ( 2020)
    Given the implications for potential take-up of a COVID-19 vaccine, it's important to unpack religious as well as the general ethical concerns from using human cell lines.
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    Copyright Reversion
    Giblin, R ; Yuvaraj, J ( 2019)
    Granting authors minimum reversion rights would open new economic opportunities and help reclaim lost culture. The world is starting to appreciate the effective reversion rights are crucial to a well-functioning copyright system.
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    Crown, Collingwood and the Corporate Conscience
    Bant, E ( 2021)
    The different failures at Crown and Collingwood shows that the law need to go beyond individuals when holding corporations to account.
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    Pathways to Prosecution for Australian Soldiers' Crimes in Afghanistan
    Cormier, M ; Duxbury, A ( 2020)
    It was confirmed in the Brereton report that there’s ‘credible information’ to substantiate the unlawful killing of 39 people by Australian special forces personnel in Afghanistan. These shocking allegations led Prime Minister Scott Morrison to announce last week that a special investigator’s office will be established to assist the Australian Federal Police to investigate these alleged crimes. The information contained in the Brereton report will now serve as a guide for the special investigator’s office, which will focus on gathering evidence that will be admissible in criminal prosecutions.