Law & Order

Rape definition in Tasmania to be broadened if new bill passed

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Reforms to widen the type of sexual behaviour considered to be rape in Tasmania look set to be introduced to Parliament in April. Edith Bevin ABC Under existing laws, an offence can only be rape if the act involves a penis and it is the accused who is the penetrator. Most other states… Rape definition in… Read More »

To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science. Ohio State University Eurek Alert A team of political scientists suggests rather than asking citizens “What do you want,” questions should be asked in a deliberative frame: “What should we do?” “Even this small… To improve our… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

The five most urgent steps to stop women being killed

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In 2015, 140 recommendations were laid out in the Not Now, Not Ever report to tackle domestic and family violence from three fronts: culture and attitude, police response and the justice system. Amy Mitchell-Whittington Brisbane Times The report was prepared by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, chaired by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce who this week finalised her second annual progress report on the… The five most… Read More »

Turkish court upholds free speech … for Erdogan

A photo taken on July 20, 2016 shows a Turkish flag on the Istanbul Justice Palace (Adalet Sarayi).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 20 chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup, as global alarm grew over a widening purge that has seen around 50,000 people either detained or sacked. / AFP / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The botched coup attempt that rattled Turkey on July 15, 2016, marked a double setback for the country’s democracy. Ali Bayramoglu Al Monitor As the academic Vahap Coskun succinctly described it, the failed putsch “was an insurrection against the democratic order by a group that had infiltrated the state. Those in the… Turkish court upholds… Read More »

The 18C debate: how frequent are racial discrimination complaints?

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Coalition MPs have repeatedly expressed concerns about the way the Racial Discrimination Act could affect free speech. Nick Evershed The Guardian Here is the data on the number of complaints that are actually made A parliamentary committee… The 18C debate… Read More »

Protesters fight domestic violence law changes in shadows of Russia’s conservative push

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Russians opposed to the decriminalisation of domestic violence say they have not given up hope of bringing in a new law to protect women. Lisa Millar ABC But they are up against changing cultural norms that are seeing Russia become increasingly conservative. President Vladimir Putin signed… Protesters fight domestic… Read More »

Veracruz: Fixing Mexico’s State of Terror

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Mexico’s third-most populous state has suffered an unprecedented wave of violence. ICG Veracruz’s new governor must stand by pledges to end state-criminal collusion and impunity. Strong international support will be needed to help find the bodies of the disappeared and transform the state police and… Veracruz: Fixing Mexico… Read More »

18C debate: Racist speech law could be eased

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

A parliamentary inquiry into changing race hate speech laws will suggest changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. SBS Race hate laws could be changed to ban speech that harasses or intimidates people, but the decision to push for it will be up to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. A parliamentary inquiry… 18C debate: Racist… Read More »

Race And The Death Penalty: How Stereotyping Almost Killed A Black Man In America

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A decision handed down in the United States late last week has shone a spotlight on the issue of racial bias against defendants of colour, writes Stephen Keim and Luke Craske. Stephen Keim and Luke Craske New Matilda In its decision in Buck v Davis, the United States Supreme Court has held that for counsel to lead evidence indicating that a client is more likely to commit future acts of violence because of his race, this does, in fact, violate that… ... Read More »

Rape claims at universities covered up, taken less seriously than plagiarism, advocacy group says

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With thousands of new students starting university this week, an advocacy group has claimed violence against women is still a major problem on campuses, and assault claims are being covered up. Danuta Kozaki ABC The advocacy group End Rape on Campus Australia has made a submission to the Human Rights Commission which will bring down a report on the issue later this year. Founder and director Rape claims at… Read More »

The Redefining Of The Term “Social Justice”

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Although the term “social justice” has been used with increasing frequency in the past decade, the term has had a curious evolution from its original use in Catholic theology. Erich Prince The Daily Caller Its adoption by left-leaning politicians is not particularly new, and President Franklin Roosevelt used the term as long ago as 1932. The term made… The Redefining Of… Read More »

Domestic and family violence charges jump 30 per cent in the ACT in 12 months

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Family and domestic violence charges are on the rise in the ACT. Clare Sibthorpe The Canberra Times The offender rate for those crimes jumped 35 per cent in 2015-16 from 459 people to 624. Demand for domestic… Domestic and family… Read More »

Judicial originalism as myth

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“It is simply anti-democratic to conceal something as fundamental as the nature of constitutional decision-making — especially if concealment is motivated by the fear that the citizenry wouldn’t stand for the practice if it knew the truth. If the Court can’t admit what it is doing, then it shouldn’t do it.” —Paul Brest, 1981 Eric J. Segall VOX The doctrine of originalism, whereby judges purport to identify and then rely on the original meaning of the United States Constitution to ... Read More »

Tribunal into McCabe case set to sit for first time

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Mr Justice Charleton to examine allegation of smear campaign against whistleblower Conor Lally The Irish Times FIACH KELLY The tribunal of inquiry into alleged Garda malpractice around whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe will sit on Monday for the first time.. Tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton has surprised many by the speed at which the first sitting has been organised… Tribunal into McCabe… Read More »

Environmentalists who exposed logging have charges thrown out

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Two environmentalists who entered an East Gippsland logging coupe to document the destruction of rainforest have had charges against them… Bianca Hall The Age The court decision is the final chapter on what has been a two-year saga for Ed Hill and Joe Henderson, whose actions led to the state government conceding it… Environmentalists who exposed… Read More »