Law & Order

Victims caught in legal catch-22s after reporting sexual abuse to authorities

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The royal commission examining institutional responses to child sexual abuse has heard from survivors who were caught in a legal “catch-22s” after they reported their abusers. ABC Michelle Brown The inquiry is looking at how aspects of the legal system could be reformed to provide better outcomes for abuse victims, without prejudicing the right of the accused to a fair trial. Two survivors told the inquiry they had spent years trying to… Victims caught in legal catch-22s after… Read More »

Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for using 2,000yo rules regarding child sex abuse

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Jehovah’s Witnesses use of 2,000-year-old protocols when dealing with abuse complaints has been condemned in a report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. ABC Michelle Brown Last year, the commission examined the experiences of two abuse survivors within the Jehovah’s Witness organisation. It also looked at evidence from case files that… Jehovah’s Witnesses condemned for… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island needed higher care, paramedic tells inquest

Immigration - The Guardian

There was a general consensus among staff working at the medical clinic at the Manus Island detention centre that Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei needed to be provided with higher care, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Mr Khazaei died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the medical clinic on Manus Island with a fever and chills. The 24-year-old was flown from… Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on… Read More »

Youths detained in maximum security adult jail ‘held in solitary confinement’

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Up to 40 youths moved to adult jail ‘unfit for children’ following riots at two juvenile prisons haven’t seen the sky for a week, say lawyers The Guardian Melissa Davey Human rights lawyers say that children being kept in a maximum security prison in Victoria are being held in solitary confinement, denied access to fresh air, feel threatened and are kept in conditions that are “unequivocally unfit for children”. Up to 40 children were transferred to a secure unit of… ... Read More »

FASD: Record Indigenous incarceration rates could be avoided with early clinical assessment: experts

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Leading experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) believe Australia’s record rates of Indigenous incarceration could be dramatically reduced if children were clinically assessed when their troubled behaviour first emerged in the classroom or at home. ABC Russel Skelton The experts said parents, teachers and health workers were often well aware of unacceptable behaviour in young people — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous — long before they appeared before the courts. Around 70 per cent of young people in… FASD: Record ... Read More »

Sex workers want full decriminalisation in NT, Attorney-General says legislation will be reviewed

Sex workers - ABC

Sex workers in the Northern Territory would be significantly safer if the industry was decriminalised, and the Northern Territory Government holds true to its promise to review the legislation, peak bodies have said. ABC Stephanie Zillman If sex work is decriminalised, as a motion called for at a Labor conference held in February, the Northern Territory would become only the second state or territory in Australia to do so, after New South Wales. The Attorney-General and Minister for… Sex workers ... Read More »

Citizenship test to get a major overhaul: reports

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Extremists and radical migrants will be prevented from becoming Australian citizens in planned changes to visa laws, according to media reports. SBS Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has held talks at Parliament House this week to reform Australia’s citizenship test, reports The Daily Telegraph. The changes are reportedly aimed at… Citizenship test to get a major… Read More »

Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can collect surrogate babies

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Cambodia has offered a limited amnesty to Australians who have paid for surrogacy services, saying they can collect their babies without fear of arrest. ABC Liam Cochrane The assurance comes a week after Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles was arrested in Phnom Penhfor operating a surrogacy agency and allegedly falsifying documents. The Cambodian Government wants Australian intended parents to… Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can… Read More »

George Brandis: Greens call for parliamentary inquiry over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

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The Greens are calling for a parliamentary inquiry into a “secret deal” involving Attorney-General George Brandis and the West Australian Liberal Government over funds from Alan Bond’s failed Bell Group. ABC Nikki Roberts The deal would have given the WA Government preference as a Bell Group creditor over others including the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which is owed $300 million. Late last year, the WA Government passed legislation giving… George Brandis: Greens call for parliamentary inquiry over… Read More »

Geelong residents rally for the extension of opening hours at Warum Ponds police station

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HUNDREDS of Geelong residents rallied for the extension of opening hours at a local police station yesterday. The Herald Sun Brianna Travers Peaceful protesters gathered outside the Waurn Ponds police station as part of a community law and order gathering organised by the local member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson. A three month trial of cutback manned hours at… Geelong residents rally for the extension of… Read More »

32 bodies, 9 human heads found in Mexico mass graves

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Authorities have exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in a southern Mexican state plagued by kidnappings, murders and drug cartel turf wars, officials said Nov. 24. Hurriyet The remains were unearthed between Nov. 22 and Nov. 24 in 17 pits on a hill in the… 32 bodies, 9… Read More »

Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky award lawsuit rejected by Norway

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Edward Snowden’s bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The former spy contractor filed the lawsuit in April, attempting to secure safe passage to Norway to pick up a… Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky… Read More »

#ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more important now than ever

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  The announcement this week that the Pope will allow priests to grant forgiveness for the “sin” of abortion is yet another reason why women should continue to shout about theirs, writes Jane Caro. ABC Jane Caro I have had a fairly typical reproductive history for a heterosexual woman of my era — two children, a miscarriage and an abortion. I have always spoken openly about… #ShoutYourAbortion: Why it’s more... Read More »

ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for legal aid to help vulnerable Canberrans

Domestic Violence - Canberra Times

The ACT Law Society has renewed pressure on the federal government to reverse harsh cuts to the legal aid sector to ensure continued access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberrans. The Canberra Times Megan Gorrey President Sarah Avery called for ongoing funding for community lawyers on Friday as Attorney-General George Brandis​ launched the ACT Women’s Legal Centre’s domestic violence program, to help victims navigate the family law system. The federal government signalled nationwide cuts of… ACT Law Society urges ongoing funds for… Read More »

George Brandis: Labor calls for Attorney-General to be sacked over ‘secret’ multi-million-dollar WA deal

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The Federal Opposition is calling for Attorney-General George Brandis to be sacked over a “secret” deal struck with the West Australian Government allowing it to claw back nearly $1 billion from the collapse of Alan Bond’s Bell Group. ABC Jane Norman In May, the High Court struck down WA legislation that would have given the state the power to decide how to carve up the settlement following the collapse of the Bell Group in the 1990s. According to The West ... Read More »

Carly came forward about sexual abuse – then she lost her benefits

Sexual Abuse - The Guardian

Carly lives with terrible pain, but when her benefits were taken away the appeals tribunal was at the same court handling the sexual abuse case The Guardian Frances Ryan The thought of going to court makes Carly feel sick. In her 30s, she has been building up to it for… Carly came forward about sexual abuse… Read More »