Nilay Patel


Dual citizenship and Section 44: what role of the court?

The relevance of Section 44 of the Australian Constitution has again been questioned. Despite the Prime Minister’s constitutionally inappropriate foretelling of the outcome, the High Court’s decision is far from predictable.

Naming sex offenders is an abuse of parliamentary privilege

Senator Derryn Hinch wants to create a sex offender register. Rather than introducing and shepherding a bill sensibly and patiently through the Senate, Hinch revealed in the Australian Senate the names of several convicted sex offenders whose names were otherwise suppressed by the courts. He...

Combating Medicare fraud

Australia’s system compares poorly with compliance measures in the United States, argues Nilay Patel