Law & Order

Doctors slam AMA position on euthanasia as ‘out of touch’

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Pro-euthanasia doctors have slammed the Australian Medical Association’s decision not to back assisted death laws, saying the powerful group is out of touch with the community. The Age Julia Medew On Thursday, the AMA released a new position on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in which it did not support the controversial practices. The doctors’ union said a recent survey of 4000 of its 31,000 members showed… Doctors slam AMA position on euthanasia as… Read More »

Stephen Pallaras: Attorney-General John Rau’s appointment as a Senior Counsel is an embarrassing episode for the legal profession in South Australia

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The appointment of John Rau to the position of Senior Counsel is a mystery to those who are ignorant of the significant contribution he might have made to the bar, to the law and to the legal profession. The Advertiser Stephen Pallaras There is a rich history to the appointment of SCs, formerly known as Queen’s Counsels. The first was appointed in 1597 when Sir Francis Bacon was… Stephen Pallaras: Attorney-General John Rau’s appointment as… Read More »

Revenge porn civil penalties considered by Government to give victims faster access to justice

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The Federal Government is considering a new range of civil penalties to try to help victims of so-called “revenge porn” get justice more quickly. Abc Naomi Woodley and Josie Taylor The states and territories are already discussing ways to harmonise their laws which criminalise the sharing of intimate photos without someone’s consent. But the Federal Government said… Revenge porn civil… Read More »

John Rau’s Senior Counsel application given special consideration, confirms SA Chief Justice

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Special consideration was given to an application by Attorney-General and Deputy Premier John Rau to become a Senior Counsel (SC), South Australia’s Chief Justice Chris Kourakis has confirmed, as it would spare any public embarrassment if it had been rejected. ABC Nick Harmsen and Angelique Donnellan The Chief Justice absented himself from considering Mr Rau’s application to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest. Mr. Rau’s ultimately successful application was submitted after a… John Rau’s Senior Counsel application given ... Read More »

Megan Latham resigns just days after Government passed legislation which effectively sacked her

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Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) commissioner Megan Latham has resigned. ABC Sarah Gerathy Her resignation comes just days after she learnt she would have been forced to reapply for her job under changes to the ICAC’s structure that passed New South Wales Parliament last week. The legislation prompted claims that the State Government was effectively forcing Ms Latham out of her job, as… Megan Latham resigns just days after… Read More »

Children in 20-hour lockdown at Barwon prison: lawyers

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Teenagers are being kept in 20-hour lock down in cells designed for hardened murderers such as Peter Dupas and Julian Knight, their lawyers say. The Age Bianca Hall The state government has imposed a detention-centre style secrecy on the fate of the young prisoners sent to adult maximum-security prison near Geelong, and Victorians may never know how many children will be sent to Barwon prison. The Department of Health and Human Services says it will not provide “daily discussions” on the… Children ... Read More »

Victorian Government’s decision to send youth rioters to adult prison to be challenged in court

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The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service has launched a Supreme Court challenge to the Andrews Government’s decision to place teenagers involved in the Parkville riot in an adult jail. ABC Jean Edwards Dozens of inmates smashed doors, windows and security cameras, ripped apart ceilings and walls and destroyed equipment at the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre earlier this month, leaving a damage bill of up to $1 million. The Government plans to transfer 40 juvinille offenders to a segregated wing of the… ... Read More »

CCC hit with a wet lettuce leaf over its legal powers

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After a long inquiry, a parliamentary committee has found no evidence that the Corruption and Crime Commission was empowered to prosecute the people it investigates. The West Australian Paul Murray The finding is the same as the Court of Appeal’s July decision which cast doubt on the validity of a host of CCC prosecutions. But the report brought down by the joint standing committee on… CCC hit with a wet lettuce leaf over its… Read More »

Mohamed Morsi: Egyptian court overturns Islamist ex-president’s life sentence

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An Egyptian court has struck down a life sentence and ordered the retrial of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of conspiring with foreign militant groups, including the Palestinian Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip. ABC The decision by the Court of Cassation in Cairo comes nearly 17 months after the initial sentence against Morsi, who hails from the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. This is the second time Morsi has… Mohamed Morsi: Egyptian court overturns… Read More »

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court treaty

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an order to withdraw the nation from the process of joining the International Criminal Court (ICC). Russia signed the Rome statute, which governs the ICC, in 2000 but never ratified the agreement to become a member. The decision came after an ICC ruling that Russia’s activity in… Russia withdraws… Read More »

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram

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Cameroon’s military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency started late but has met with partial success. To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and… Cameroon: Confronting Boko… Read More »

Change section 18C? Critics should do this crash course first

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The federal government has announced a parliamentary inquiry into free speech and section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Katharine Gelber   Luke McNamara So the time is right for a crash course on the law, its exemptions, and the powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Let’s start with the… Change section 18… Read More »

Myanmar detains two newspaper officials in defamation case

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Police on Nov. 11 detained the chief executive and the chief editor of Myanmar’s largest daily newspaper over a defamation case by a powerful politician following a Facebook posting. YANGON – Reuters The police detained Than Htut Aung, the flamboyant chief executive of Eleven Media Group and the newspaper’s chief editor, Wai… Myanmar detains two… Read More »

Virgin Trains to recruit from prisons

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West Coast Mainline operator Virgin Trains says it has doubled the number of ex-offenders it employs. The train operator, which runs services between Scotland and London, ran a recruitment fair at Addiewell Prison, West Lothian, this week. More will be held in prisons across the… Virgin Trains to… Read More »

Amnesty can return to Moscow office after eviction: Russian rights official

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MOSCOW: Amnesty International, a strong critic of Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, will be able to return to its office in Moscow after being evicted for alleged non-payment of rent, Russia’s state human rights council said Thursday. Reuters Staff at Amnesty’s Moscow office had told Reuters Wednesday that they arrived at work to find the locks had been changed, official seals placed over the doors and the… Amnesty can return to… Read More »

Media Sauce: Why is The Australian fixated on 18C?

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There’s plenty of bigotry about and a lot of it flows from the pages of the News Corp media, especially The Australian, says political editor Dr Martin Hirst. Martin Hirst Why does The Australian want the right to be bigoted? I’VE BEEN wanting to catch up with The Australian’s recent and ongoing campaigning about freedom of speech, press freedom and… Media Sauce: Why… Read More »