Morag Donaldson


Do Australians have a legal right to privacy?

The advent of the internet and mobile phones have made communication easier and quicker, but the change is not necessarily for the best. This is illustrated, among other things, by recent media reports about the misuse of mobile phones, particularly camera phones (or 'phonecams'). In...
Briefing paper

The king, the courts and 'incompetent' children: the welfare jurisdiction of the Family Court of Australia

Morag Donaldson explains the welfare jurisdiction of the Family Court by highlighting its historic roots and noting some of the cases in which it has been applied. She also examines the concept and extent of parental responsibility in so far as it relates to the...
Briefing paper

The Attorney-General's power to proscribe terrorist organisations

On 3 May 2004, the Attorney-General first used his new, executive power to proscribe the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) as a 'terrorist organisation'. Seventeen groups have been proscribed as terrorist organisations under Australian law to date, but PIJ is the only one of those...

A question of fault: a short history of Australian divorce law since 1959

Morag Donaldson examines the main legislative provisions of the system of fault-based divorce which existed under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1959 and the main legislative provisions of the current system of no-fault divorce under the Family Law Act 1975.