Law & Order

Banning smoking in Australian prisons has become a nationwide issue

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Just over a year ago an opinion piece of mine was published in this journal under the title “Banning smoking in Australia’s jails is a tough call, but worth a try”. In that piece I outlined in some detail the work that had been done in New Zealand to successfully launch a total ban on smoking by inmates and staff ... Read More »

Papua New Guinea’s supreme court halts asylum seeker deportations

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Exclusive: immigration department will defy highest court in the land if it continues forcing men held on Manus to return to their countries of origin The Guardian – Ben Doherty, @bendohertycorro Papua New Guinea’s supreme court has stepped in to halt all deportations of asylum seekers back to their home countries, ordering an interim injunction late on Tuesday to stop ... Read More »

The Dyson Heydon question and Australia’s infantile disorder

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One of the busiest people in Australia this past weekend has been what is described as “a fair-minded lay observer” (FMLO), otherwise known as “the hypothetical reasonable observer” or “the hypothetical bystander”. This is the person whose judgment is being invoked to decide whether Dyson Heydon, the Royal Commissioner on Trade Union Governance and Corruption, should recuse himself or, even, ... Read More »

Iraq: Conflict Alert

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A wave of protests has brought Iraq to the edge of yet more serious conflict. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has introduced sweeping reforms to halt the deterioration but in a manner that may make things worse. An important course correction is needed if he is to survive politically and Iraq is to avoid what could become in effect a military ... Read More »

Allegations of violence, abuse in disability homes not referred to police

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It takes a lot to wipe the smile from Gary Comerford’s face. The Canberra Times - Christopher Knaus, Reporter for The Canberra Times. For more than 20 years, he’s lived happily in the government-run Fairweather House disability group home. But Mr Comerford, who has an intellectual disability, says he was made to feel terrified in his own home when a ... Read More »

Turkey to issue Interpol Red Notice for 52 PKK leaders

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The Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for 52 top leaders of the outlawed PKK. The prosecutor has also written to the Turkish National Police to determine the location of the 52, and will also apply to the Justice Ministry for the issuing of an Interpol Red Notice for the… The Ankara Crimes against the Constitutional Order ... Read More »

Dob-in-a-dealer fails at the first step

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When losing a war, change tactics. Except if the war is on drugs, then change nothing and prepare for defeat. The Age - Tim Dick, Columnist The Prime Minister might be a fighter, but his battle plan on drugs is wrong. He is doubling down on the failed strategy of law-and-order first and everything else later. Australia’s default position is ... Read More »

Venezuela state under martial law against smugglers

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BBC – The Venezuelan president has declared a state of emergency in a border region near Colombia following an attack by smugglers in which three soldiers and a civilian were injured. Nicolas Maduro said there would be 60 days of martial law in five municipalities of the state of Tachira. He also said the closure of the border, announced on ... Read More »