Law & Order

State of emergency to be extended until July 15 in France

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French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15. Hurriyet PARIS – The Associated Press Speaking after an extraordinary cabinet meeting, Cazeneuve said on Dec. 10 that Parliament will vote on the… State of emergency to… Read More »

The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on improving consumer protection

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The Productivity Commission’s latest report on how consumer law is being enforced assumes the law is working well when, in a number of areas, it’s failing abysmally. The Conversation Allan Asher It’s time to recognise that better coordination and enforcement are needed. The report from the Commission joins a few more, such as… The latest Productivity Commission report isn’t strong enough on… Read More »

Buenos Aires fines public sex harassment

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Authorities in the Argentinian capital will fine people up to $60 for sexual harassment in public places under a new law. Hurriyet BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse The bill was passed in the city legislature on Dec. 7 in Buenos Aires, where casual sexual harassment is common and traditionally widely tolerated. It sets fines for “direct or… Buenos Aires fines… Read More »

Euthanasia is not the answer for the vast majority

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On a daily basis Palliative Care Victoria receives distressed calls from people seeking help for a person who is dying and suffering needlessly. The Canberra Times Odette Waanders In hospitals, aged care facilities, and homes across Victoria people are dying difficult deaths without receiving palliative care and the support their carers need. Inadequate training of health professionals in… Euthanasia is not the answer for the… Read More »

Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to reinvent them based on what actually works

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There is only one way to make better decisions about illicit drugs and so save lives and money: we need to change the way drugs policies are made. The Conversation Alison Ritter The alternative is to remain stuck in the same futile cycle. Every time a young person dies tragically and needlessly at… Our drugs policies have failed. It’s time to… Read More »

Coag: Victoria and Queensland push for new laws on family violence leave

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Two states urge leaders at Council of Australian Governments meeting to make domestic violence leave a workplace entitlement The Guardian Katharine Murphy Victoria and Queensland have launched a concerted push to convince all jurisdictions, state, territory and federal, to agree on concrete measures to help victims of family violence. The two states will urge leaders gathering in Canberra for… Coag: Victoria and Queensland push for new laws on… Read More »

Julian Assange says texts show he is ‘entirely innocent’ of rape; WikiLeaks founder criticises Swedish prosecutor

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Julian Assange has gone public for the first time with his version of events surrounding a rape allegation made against him, saying he is “entirely innocent” and text messages show “it is clearly consensual sex between adults”. ABC Steve Cannane The ABC has obtained a copy of the statement the WikiLeaks founder gave prosecutors from his refuge inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London on November 14. The statement… Julian Assange says texts show… Read More »

Full-term prison sentences for police killers like Craig Minogue ‘dangerous, unnecessary’, Liberty Victoria says

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The Victorian Government’s move to keep police killers behind bars for life is “dangerous”, “unnecessary” and interferes with the independence of the justice system, a human rights group has said. ABC Sarah Farnsworth The Government has introduced laws into Parliament to prevent people who kill police officers from being released on parole. The laws would affect three current prisoners, including… Full-term prison sentences for police killers like… Read More »

NT Royal Commission told building more youth detention facilities won’t solve juvenile justice issues

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Building more youth detention facilities is not the solution to the juvenile justice problems in the Northern Territory, a royal commission has heard. NT News Former Queensland Corrective Services director-general Keith Hamburger says more of the same will not work. “It’s like when you’re taking medicine that’s not… NT Royal Commission told building more… Read More »

Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over ‘fair use’ provisions

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A GROUP of Australian actors, artists, writers and musicians have launched a campaign to prevent changes to copyright laws which they say will hurt artists and stifle the country’s creative industries. NT News Nick Whigham Author and TV personality Tara Moss, musician and Mambo artist Reg Mombassa and radio and TV personality Rove McManus are among the Australian celebrities who have lent their support to the campaign to… Australian celebrities join the copyright war amid debate over… Read More »

Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about calls to deport youth offenders

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Youth crime has been a hot topic in Victoria recently, with regular stories of violent carjackings, aggravated burglaries and riots in youth justice facilities. ABC Sarah Farnsworth Commentators have linked a recent spate of crimes to the so-called Apex gang, heightening anti-migration rhetoric, but police statistics show most home invasions, car thefts and aggravated robberies are committed by people born in Australia. Data from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency shows… Victoria youth crime: Statistics raise questions about… Read More »

Brexit: Referendum gave ministers ‘right to trigger Article 50’

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The UK’s highest court has been told the EU referendum gave ministers the right to trigger an exit from the bloc without the approval of MPs. The Scotsman By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS The government’s attempt to trigger Article 50 is not being done on a… Brexit: Referendum gave… Read More »

There is a straightforward fix for section 18C

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Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has received an extraordinary amount of attention over the past five years. The Canberra Times George Williams Indeed, the debate has transcended what the section actually does. The provision has become an icon for those… There is a straightforward fix for… Read More »

Police receive powers to compel offenders to hand over passwords

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New laws which will allow police to demand computer and phone passwords from certain offenders could violate fundamental rights, a civil liberties group argues. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Police Minister Mark Ryan introduced a new bill on November 29 which would allow police to demand passwords and access codes for electronic devices from reportable offenders where there was a suspicion that an offence had occurred. The law would cover reportable offenders who… Police receive powers to compel offenders to… Read More »

Fagin’s Law: New Victorian offence to target adults procuring kids to commit crimes

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The Victorian Government has said it will introduce a new offence to target adults procuring children to do their criminal “dirty work”. ABC Attorney-General Martin Pakula said legislation would be introduced to State Parliament next year to see adult criminals facing up to 10 years’ jail for such behaviour. The new law has been dubbed Fagin’s Law, after the… Fagin’s Law: New Victorian offence to… Read More »

Young South Sudanese ‘constantly stopped’ by police, as community grapples with Apex stigma

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Deng Maleek, a university-educated youth worker, was on his way to meet with police to discuss issues facing the South Sudanese community, when he was pulled over and asked to provide his registration papers. ABC Sarah Farnsworth The young South Sudanese man said the officers who stopped him implied he was an Apex gang member, an experience he described as not uncommon amongst his peers. “Young people of Sudanese background find… Young South Sudanese ‘constantly stopped’ by… Read More »