Law & Order

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

Julian Assange - ABC

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

Prison Sentences - ABC

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

Juvenile justice - NT

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

Celebrities Protest - NT News

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

Youth violence - ABC

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

18C - The Canberra Times

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

Civil liberties - Brisbane Times

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

Fagins - ABC

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

South Sudanese - ABC

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 »

New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private counselling remains private

Victims - Brisbane Times

Sexual assault victims’ private communication with counsellors will be unavailable for perpetrators to use in court under new laws. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath introduced a bill on Thursday providing extra measures for victims of crime in Queensland. Under the changes, a sexual assault counselling privilege will… New laws ensure sexual assault victims’ private… Read More »

Let’s speak about, not shout about, abortion

Opinion

Heaven is filled with boys and girls, who though unwanted by their earthly parents, have been welcomed by a Father who is committed to their eternal good and joy. On Line Opinion Murray Campbell Every year in Australia 10,000s of children are aborted, a practice that is not only supported by the law in some states, but it is something celebrated by many Australians. Over the weekend Jane Caro has come out to defend and… Let’s speak about, not shout ... Read More »

South Australia’s reasons for voting down euthanasia go against the evidence

Euthanasia - The Conversation

South Australia recently voted against legalising voluntary active euthanasia. The Conversation Andrew McGee, Ben White, Lindy Willmott The legislation failed by one vote. It was the latest of more than 50 legislative attempts in… South Australia’s reasons for voting down euthanasia go… Read More »

Top cop tells jail bosses: stop riots

Prisons - The West Australian

WA’s top cop has told prison bosses to “get their act together” and fix problems at the troubled Banksia Hill juvenile detention centre, claiming police wasted hundreds of hours each year responding to call-outs from the facility. The West Australian Grant Taylor Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said the workload was not sustainable and if the situation did not improve, he would consider instructing his officers to “de-prioritise” attending jobs at the prison, except for serious cases. “We are spending an ... Read More »

Children’s rights report 2016

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I am pleased to present my fourth annual Children’s Rights Report as the National Children’s Commissioner. Australian Policy Online This report details how I have fulfilled my statutory functions, outlined in Section 46MB of the Australia Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) (the Act) during the 2015-16 period. During the course of my term, I have continued to… Children’s rights report… Read More »

Seeing Ms Dhu footage: how photographs can argue for human rights

Ms Dhu - The Guardian

In revealing what Ms Dhu suffered in a Western Australian police cell, her family hope the graphic proof will arouse public opinion The Guardian Jane Lydon and Donna Oxenham Ms Dhu was a 22-year-old Yamatji woman who died in custody in the South Hedland police station in August 2014. Arrested for unpaid fines, she was already suffering from… Seeing Ms Dhu footage: how photographs can… Read More »