Law & Order

Malcolm Turnbull requests legal advice on pursuit of ‘save Medicare’ grandfather

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to review legal advice that led to a retiree being threatened with court action unless he pulls down his “save Medicare” website as intellectual property experts questioned the strength of the government’s position. The Age Heath Aston Sydney grandfather Mark Rogers has drawn a wave of support from across Australia after Fairfax Media revealed his David and Goliath battle against the Department of Human Services, which has threatened to sue him for “injunctive relief, ... Read More »

Egypt’s anti protest law: Legalising authoritarianism

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How the Egyptian regime used the law to crack down on opposition and isolate voices of dissent. By Amr Hamzawy Since the summer of 2013, following the military coup led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the ruling regime in Egypt has managed to… Egypt’s anti protest… Read More »

Rod Culleton and the associates who claim 50 years of Australian laws are invalid

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Inside story: A letter written by the One Nation senator to a Queensland magistrate is linked to unorthodox legal advocates who argue that the constitution requires the governor general to be paid in pounds instead of dollars The Guardian Joshua Robertson Rodney Culleton’s alleged attempt to influence a Queensland magistrate involved a case against a bankrupt former legal advocate whose supporters include an adviser to the One Nation senator. Culleton has been referred to police over a letter asking the ... Read More »

Child abuse charges dropped against Department of Human Services worker

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Police have dropped historic child sexual abuse charges against a child protection worker after deciding they did not have enough proof to convict her, despite photographing her pelvic region against her wishes to help their investigation. The Age Jane Lee Katrina Arrendondo​, who works in the child protection division of the Department of Health and Human Services, was stood down after she was charged in September with one count of sexual penetration and one count of an indecent act against a child under ... Read More »

Former Icac commissioner leaps to Megan Latham’s defence

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Anthony Whealy says comments that the outgoing corruption watchdog head should consider a ‘quiet retirement into private life’ were misguided and unfair The Guardian Christopher Knaus The former Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) assistant commissioner Anthony Whealy has leapt to the defence of Megan Latham, saying comments that she should consider a “quiet retirement into private life” were completely unfounded and unfair. Latham resigned as Icac commissioner on Wednesday after… Former Icac commissioner leaps to… Read More »

State acts as one in five apprehended domestic violence orders breached

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Domestic violence perpetrators will no longer be able to use the excuse that they did not understand the law, with the NSW government removing complex legal jargon from new apprehended domestic violence orders. SMH Rachel Browne It comes after research from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed one in five apprehended domestic violence orders are breached, equating to almost 7700 breaches a year. The new plain-English orders, to be introduced next week, will be… State acts as ... Read More »

Arrests and uncertainty overseas show why Australia must legalise compensated surrogacy

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Cambodia is the latest country in our region to ban commercial surrogacy. The Conversation As happened when India, Thailand and Nepal introduced such bans, dozens of Australians are now extremely anxious because they have no idea what is going to happen to their babies who have recently been born or are on their way. A lack of regulation of surrogacy in these countries makes it easy for… Arrests and uncertainty overseas show why… Read More »

Justice minister rejects finding Darwin prison ‘not fit for purpose’

Justice minister rejects finding Darwin prison - The Guardian

Keith Hamburger’s report on Darwin correctional centre reveals rampant construction and operational failures The Guardian Helen Davidson A leaked report into the two-year-old Darwin correctional centre, which was sat on by the previous government and then only partially released by the current one, has reportedly revealed details of rampant failures in the $1.8bn, 1,000-bed facility. Sky News has reported it received a leaked copy of the report, by the former head of… Justice minister rejects finding… Read More »

The changes to the ICAC will make it more effective

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Since the decision of the High Court in ICAC v Cunneen, many thousands of words have been written about the ICAC. The Age Bruce McClintock Much of that commentary has focused on personalities to the detriment of rational discussion of the reforms which the recent amendments to the ICAC legislation introduce. While the resignation of Commissioner Megan Latham is obviously a… The changes to the ICAC will… Read More »

‘Anglican house is burning,’ bishop tells abuse inquiry

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Greg Thompson tells royal commission he has been warned by parishioners he is not safe after alleging abuse as a young man by senior clerics The Guardian An Anglican bishop says he has received warnings from parishioners that he is not safe in his own diocese after he revealed claims of his abuse as a young man by senior church clerics. Newcastle bishop Greg Thompson said cathedral parishioners had… ‘Anglican house is burning,’ bishop tells… Read More »

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 »