Law & Order

Melbourne archbishops condemn Premier Daniel Andrews over teenagers in adult prisons

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Melbourne’s Catholic and Anglican archbishops have penned a joint letter to the Victorian Premier condemning the Government’s decision to house teenagers in the “harshest of adult prison settings”. ABC Jean Edwards Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart and Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier said they had taken the unusual step because they shared a deep concern about the welfare of “the most vulnerable and impressionable children” in the youth justice system. The Andrews Government last week started… Melbourne archbishops condemn… Read More »

Senators urge end to indefinite detention of people held under mental impairment laws

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Senate committee finds at least 100 people detained without conviction in prisons and psychiatric units The Guardian Helen Davidson A Senate committee has called for nationwide changes to laws and support services to end the practice of indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. At least 100 people are detained without… Senators urge end to indefinite detention of… Read More »

Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to update Australia’s IP laws

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The federal government has threatened Sydney man Mark Rogers with legal action over use of the Medicare logo on his “Save Medicare” website. The Conversation In response to publicity generated by a GetUp! petition, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will look into the matter. But how are Australia’s trademark and copyright laws able to… Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to… Read More »

What will Susan Kiefel’s job be as Chief Justice of the High Court?

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Soon, for the first time, the most senior judge in Australia will be a woman. ABC Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the new chief justice of the High Court will be Susan Kiefel, who replaces the retiring Robert French. She’ll be joined on the bench by James Edelman, who… What will Susan Kiefel’s job be as… Read More »

George Brandis to face new Senate inquiry about his role in Bell Group litigation

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Attorney-General George Brandis will face another Senate inquiry grilling to determine his role in the West Australian Government’s bid to claw back nearly $1 billion from a corporate collapse. ABC Henry Belot Senator Brandis has strongly rejected claims he struck a secret deal with the State Government to order the Commonwealth to run dead in a settlement case for Alan Bond’s Bell Group. That case has run over 20 years in… George Brandis to face new Senate inquiry about… Read More »

Pauline Hanson compares Julian Assange to ‘folk hero’ Ned Kelly in letter to Prime Minister calling for his release

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One Nation senator Pauline Hanson says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should be freed, and has likened his plight to that of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. ABC In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Hanson urged him to begin a multilateral process bringing all Australian political parties together to support Mr Assange. “Australia has a long and proud history of… Pauline Hanson compares Julian Assange to… Read More »

North Korea satellite images show prison camps accused of ‘atrocities’

North Korea - The Guardian

Pyongyang has denied the existence of kwanliso prison camps, where the UN says inmates have faced starvation, forced labor, torture and rape The Guardian Amanda Holpuch New satellite images of North Korean prison camps have been released, showing the continued existence of political prison camps described by the United Nations as being used to perpetrate “unspeakable atrocities”. North Korea’s government denies such… North Korea satellite images show… Read More »

New High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel a decisive, experienced pick

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If you want to know something about Australia’s first female Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, just ask Clive Palmer. ABC Elizabeth Byrne He may be the first person to feel the sting of a confident and decisive judge so comfortable in the role she led the court to throw out his bid to stop liquidators questioning him about the collapse of Queensland Nickel on the spot. The court almost never rejects a case so… New High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel ... Read More »

More than 90 Queensland prisoners mistakenly released early, report finds

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A prisoner mistakenly released from jail more than two years early is among 91 Queensland inmates freed before their due date since 2004, the state’s auditor-general has found. ABC Casey Briggs The report, tabled on Tuesday, revealed “frequent” and “significant” errors — at least 329 — made by corrective services between 2004 and 2016. Communication issues, poor data entry and… More than 90 Queensland prisoners… Read More »

Historical gay sex convictions to be wiped under new Queensland law aiming to redress discrimination

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Draft laws to allow men convicted of historical gay sex offences to apply to have their convictions wiped from the record have been put forward by the Queensland Government. ABC Casey Briggs Under the proposal, men convicted for certain sexual activity once described as “acts of gross indecency” would be able to apply to the director-general of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General to have their convictions expunged. The expungement scheme would also apply to… Historical gay sex convictions to ... Read More »

Youth detention riots: Victorian Government backs down on decision to move teens to Barwon Prison

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The Victorian Government has backed down on its plan to transfer Indigenous teenagers involved in recent riots at a youth detention centre to a maximum-security prison. ABC Emma Younger It has settled a legal case lodged by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service on behalf of Aboriginal teenagers moved to a segregated wing of Barwon Prison. The Government had planned to… Youth detention riots: Victorian Government backs down on… Read More »


The intercept

PIPELINE DEMONSTRATORS INJURED by rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, and water cannons during a wintry nighttime standoff with police last week filed a class-action lawsuit Monday against the sheriff of the North Dakota county involved. The Intercept Alleen Brown The suit describes in new detail the evening of November 20, when more than 200 people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline were injured by “less-than-lethal” weapons. The lawsuit alleges that sheriff’s deputies… STANDING ROCK DEMONSTRATORS FILE CLASS-ACTION… Read More »

Domestic Violence Also Has an Economic Penalty

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Australia’s social safety net is not doing nearly enough to counter the economic harms of domestic violence, according to researchers Jane Bullen and Natasha Cortis from Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety in this article which first appeared in The Conversation. Pro Bono Australia While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s… Domestic Violence Also Has an… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Doctor wanted sick asylum seeker on Manus Island sent to Brisbane, not Port Moresby

Immigration - The Guardian

A doctor involved in the evacuation of a sick Iranian asylum seeker from Manus Island recommended he be flown to Brisbane ahead of Port Moresby due to Papua New Guinea’s lower level of emergency care, an inquest has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… ... Read More »

Child protection: a fresh start


Government of South Australia’s response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report: The life they deserve Australian Policy Online Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow up happy and cared for, to be kept safe from harm and to be supported to fulfil their potential. The government’s response, ‘A Fresh Start,’ aims to… Child protection… Read More »

Prison rehab programs for high-risk sex offenders on hold in NT

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The Northern Territory Correctional Services Department has confirmed there are currently no rehabilitation programs being run for high-risk sex offenders inside prisons. ABC Felicity James A damning report about the state of the NT’s corrections system, led by career public servant Keith Hamburger and released last week, called for the immediate reinstatement of rehab programs for all sex offenders. The review found that, at the time of preparing the report in… Prison rehab programs for high-risk… Read More »