Political crimes and offenses

Political offences


The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry report

This report reflects the evidence gathered thus far by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in coordination with the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump, the...

Where lawyering ends and illegality begins

Donald Trump is drawing on decades of experience in pushing the law beyond its limits, writes Lesley Russell.

Report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

The US Department of Justice has released a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. This report covers subjects ranging from questions about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election to whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.
Briefing paper

The House is in session: key committees in the 116th Congress

This briefing paper argues that the Trump cabinet and senior officials are about to experience something they avoided in their first two years: critical, and often extremely hostile, examination under oath about what they do, why they do it, and who told them to do...

Iran: a regime that arrests its experts is not serious about solving its water crisis

This paper argues that arresting experts attempting to resolve a water crisis threatening the survival of the Iranian people is demonstrable of the fact that the regime in Tehran is not interested in such endeavours.

New foreign interference laws will compound risks to whistleblowers and journalists

Proposed criminal offences, with regard to foreign interference in Australian politics and national security, will significantly expand the scope of existing laws against espionage and treason. This will make it easier to prosecute spies and other foreign nationals who seek undue influence over Australian business...

Lionel Murphy and the presumption of guilt

Some of the most serious allegations against the reforming Attorney-General turned High Court judge centre on his relationships - real or imagined - with three notorious Sydney figures.
Audio interview

What do the secret Lionel Murphy files reveal?

Documents relating to an inquiry conducted more than thirty years ago, into bribery allegations against Lionel Murphy, have been made public.

Investigation into dealings between Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd and Sydney Water Corporation and related matters

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found that former NSW minister for infrastructure Anthony Kelly and former members of Parliament, Edward Obeid Sr and Joseph Tripodi, engaged in serious corrupt conduct in relation to their actions concerning a public private partnership (PPP) proposal...
Journal article

Trading in influence: a research agenda for New Zealand?

Considers whether trading in influence is a problem in New Zealand and scopes out examples identified elsewhere.

Synergy automotive repairs program: process evaluation report

The Synergy Automotive Repairs Program (Synergy Program) is a diversionary social enterprise aimed at positively impacting the lives of young people involved in motor vehicle offending (e.g. theft, vandalism, hooning).

Narrow but endlessly deep: the struggle for memorialisation in Chile since the transition to democracy

On 11 September 1973, the Chilean Chief of the Armed Forces Augusto Pinochet overthrew the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende and installed a military dictatorship. Yet this is a book not of parties or ideologies but public history. It focuses on the memorials and...