Law & Order

Burqa ban not the answer to solving problems for Queenslanders: Ali Kadri

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Banning the burqa will not solve issues for Queenslanders and is instead a diversionary tactic, Islamic Council of Queensland spokesman Ali Kadri says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Senator Pauline Hanson this week said One Nation would move to prohibit burqas in government buildings if her party won the upcoming Queensland election. It has been an ongoing issue for… Burqa ban not the answer to… Read More »

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

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A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial. Camila Domonoske npr The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to… Secret Service, Agents Settle Over… Read More »

Yahoo hack: How did hackers compromise senior politicians’ private email accounts?

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Last October, an American security researcher approached a NSW Police intelligence officer offering a clandestine dataset. Benjamin Sveen ABC Extensive log-in details for thousands of compromised personal email accounts belonging to Australian officials in the departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, AusTrade, Immigration, the Federal Police and many other sensitive… Yahoo hack: How did hackers… Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

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The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Choice: Questions Over Possible Nominee Who Backed Transgender Rights

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Donald Trump’s possible nominee for the much-contested Supreme Court position has supported transgender rights, raising fears the President-elect is rowing back on his promise to choose a conservative. Harry Farley Christian Today Judge William Pryor backed a revolutionary opinion in 2011 that anti-transgender discrimination qualifies as sex discrimination and so was forbidden under the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. Although he did not write… Donald Trump’s Supreme Court… Read More »

Bill Shorten says entitlements system reform must go further than parliamentary expenses

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says it is crucial to explore the options for a federal anti-corruption watchdog as part of reforms around parliamentary expenditure. Stephanie Anderson ABC Liberal MP Sussan Ley resigned from Cabinet last week amid an ongoing investigation into her travel claims, which included billing taxpayers to attend two New Year’s Eve events hosted by a prominent Queensland businesswoman… Bill Shorten says entitlements… Read More »

Supreme Court to hear appeal against South Australian electoral boundary changes

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It is a little over a year until the next South Australian election but a legal row has thrown preparations into turmoil. Angelique Donnellan ABC The SA Labor Government has launched an appeal in the Supreme Court to overturn new state electoral boundaries, which favoured the Liberal Party. Labor has said the redistribution is… Supreme Court to hear appeal… Read More »

South Korean political crisis escalates as Samsung chief awaits notice of arrest

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Seoul:  South Korean prosecutors will decide on Monday whether the head of Samsung Group, the country’s biggest conglomerate, should be arrested as an influence-peddling scandal engulfing impeached President Park Geun-hye’s government gained… Canberra Times Reuters Samsung Group chief Jay Y Lee was held overnight on… South Korean political… Read More »

Pro-reform group criticises arrests in Amman

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Lawyers say activists held in “political witch-hunt” but government justifies the arrests on grounds of… Ali Younes Al Jazeera The lawyer for one of several anti-corruption activists detained recently by Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate has demanded the immediate release of his client, saying that he… Pro-reform group… Read More »

Indonesia’s police deny they are afraid to tackle hardline Islamic leader

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Jakarta: About 5000 members of the Islam Defenders’ Front (FPI) turned up outside Indonesian police headquarters on Monday morning, to demand the removal of West Java’s police… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies Brisbane Times But if the group, once considered fringe radicals, have become increasingly vocal, it is… Indonesia’s police deny… Read More »

Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre inmates charged over ‘disturbance’ to stay at facility

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Four teenagers charged over a disturbance at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria will remain at the facility, despite a police prosecutor advising against it in court. Stephanie Corsetti ABC A 19-year-old youth offender appeared at a regional court as part of an application to relocate him from the youth facility to an adult prison. Lawyers also represented three… Malmsbury Youth Justice… Read More »

German court rules that firebombing a synagogue is not anti-Semitic

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A synagogue burning in Germany is perhaps among the most literal illustrations of anti-Semitism imaginable. Updated by Sarah Wildman Vox But apparently, not all synagogue burnings are equal. This week a German regional court ruled that the 2014 firebombing of a… German court rules… Read More »

China Says It Will Ban Abuse of Children at Internet Detox Camps

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HONG KONG — China’s internet detox boot camps have drawn wide condemnation for abusive treatment of children that includes beatings and electroshock therapy, prompting the government to draft a law that would crack down on the camps’ worst excesses. Mike Ives The New York Times Experts welcomed the law, announced this week in China’s state-controlled news media, as an initial step toward curbing scandals in the industry. “It’s a very important move for… China Says It Will Ban… Read More »

Report: Chicago police use excessive force and often treat people “as animals or subhuman”

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The Justice Department just completed an exhaustive 13-month investigation into the Chicago Police Department. Updated by German Lopez Vox The findings are horrifying. The Chicago Police Department routinely violates civil rights, uses unnecessary force, discriminates against minority residents, and Report: Chicago police… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

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Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… Read More »