Law & Order

Removing barriers to medical innovation

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Enormous improvements in human health have taken place over the last half-century. Americans live, on average, a decade longer. Thomas Peter Stossel AEI The most prevalent cause of mortality in the United States — cardiovascular disease, which causes heart attacks and strokes — has decreased by over 50%. Cancer, the number-two cause… Removing barriers to… Read More »

The problems with ‘repeal and delay’

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Republican leaders in Congress and the incoming Trump administration have said that they plan to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the early weeks of 2017, with a delay in the date of when key aspects of the repeal would become effective until perhaps 2019 or 2020. Joseph Antos and James C. Capretta AEI This is the so-called “repeal and delay” option. They have also… The problems with… Read More »

House Republicans vote to eviscerate independent ethics office

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The rules package also includes a means for Republican leaders to punish lawmakers if there is a repeat of the Democratic sit-in last summer over gun control. Donna Cassata The Star WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and… House Republicans vote… Read More »

Purging Criminal Code of defunct ‘zombie laws’ no simple task

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Outdated offences that are still included in Canada’s Criminal Code include duelling, abortion and pretending to practise witchcraft By ALYSHAH HASHAM Staff Reporter The Star Given the epidemic of fake news and the influence it may have had on the U.S. election, Section 181 of Canada’s Criminal Code would seem… Purging Criminal Code… Read More »

Doctor’s sex abuse acquittal highlights ‘problematic’ Ontario law

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Policy that keeps doctors’ names secret should be changed, college says The Star Jacques Gallant A doctor was acquitted in December of sexually abusing a patient in a split decision by a discipline panel of Ontario’s medical regulator. But the College of… Doctor’s sex abuse… Read More »

Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez charged in corruption case

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Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged over corruption allegations. BBC A federal judge approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Ms Fernandez. It is alleged that her… Argentina ex-leader Cristina… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

President’s close friend snubs lawmakers from jail cell

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There are no legal grounds for forcing witnesses to attend a parliamentary hearing, although they can be held in contempt and face a jail term for doing so/ By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Asia Times Τhe woman at the heart of the… President’s close friend… Read More »

German cop faces criminal charges for calling Angela Merkel ‘insane’

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A German police officer is facing criminal proceedings after he allegedly branded Chancellor Angela Merkel “insane”. By TOM PARFITT Express The officer, from the western city of Solingen, could be fined three months’ wages if… German cop faces… Read More »

French Mayor Will Go On Trial For Saying 91%-Muslim School Is A ‘Problem’ For His City

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A far-right French mayor is being charged with incitement of hatred and discrimination because he said a school with a vast majority of Muslim children is a “problem.” The Daily Caller Eric Lieberman “In a class in the city centre in my town, 91 percent of the children are Muslims. Obviously, this is a… French Mayor Will Go On… Read More »

Uniting Church Reverend avoids jail despite molesting young parishioner

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A retired Uniting Church minister has avoided jail time despite pleading guilty to molesting a boy in his parish more than 50 years ago in south-east Queensland. ABC Sharnie Kim Reverend Barry Dangerfield, 83, today pleaded guilty to five counts of indecently treating a boy under the age of 14, and six counts of the historical offence of indecent treatment between males. The crimes happened in the… Uniting Church Reverend avoids… Read More »

Productivity Commission re-ignites copyright wars by recommending ‘fair use’

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The Australian Government has just released the Productivity Commission’s report into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements. The Conversation Nicolas Suzor and Shereen Parvez It’s a move that appears to have been designed to avoid some of the controversy of the copyright wars by releasing the report just before most Australians settle into their summer break. The report does something… Productivity Commission re-ignites… Read More »

Don’t let new money for family violence fool you – community legal centres have been gutted

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The conservative victory in the non-profit public advocacy sector has not been in simply making it leaner, but also in making it meaner The Guardian Chris Atmore It is accepted wisdom that would-be winners of vast fortunes should be careful what they wish for. As the story goes… Don’t let new money for… Read More »

Supreme Court finds Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to Barwon jail

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In a landmark case, the Supreme Court this morning held that the Victorian Government’s decision to transfer children to Barwon maximum security adult jail was unlawful. HRLC The Court also found that the Government failed to properly consider the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this is a significant outcome for upholding children’s rights in Victoria. “Jailing children in an adult prison is wrong. This is why ... Read More »

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be investigated for murder over killing claim, UN says

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The UN’s human rights chief has asked Philippines authorities to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte for murder after he claimed to have killed people while he was a regional mayor. ABC Philippine judicial authorities “must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the rule of law and their independence from the executive by launching a murder investigation”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights… Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should… Read More »

‘Our worst fear has now been tragically realised’: Police Union

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The WA Police Union says its worst fears have been realised after the stabbing death of a woman at Joondalup court on Tuesday. WA Today Phil Hickey The union has been pushing for its officers to be fully armed in WA courts for some time and has previously raised security issues at court buildings in the past. “We have been warning the… ‘Our worst fear has now been… Read More »