Law & Order

60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court

Beirut: 60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are facing at least another two days in a Beirut jail after appearing briefly before a judge who declared the matter was a not a “custody case” but one about the kidnapping of two children. The judge has postponed their case until Wednesday, allowing their lawyers to further negotiate… Source: 60 Minutes: Judge declares case a kidnapping not a ‘custody case’ as Tara Brown returns to court Read More »

FactCheck: does ASIC already have the powers of a royal commission and more?

ASIC has the powers of a royal commission and, in fact, it has greater powers than a royal commission. – Treasurer Scott Morrison, speaking to reporters, April 8, 2016. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised to set up a royal commission into misconduct… Source: FactCheck: does ASIC already have the powers of a royal commission and more? Read More »

Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News

Parliament in Brazil has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts. The “yes” camp comfortably won the required two-thirds majority in the vote in the lower house in Brasilia… Source: Brazil crisis: Rousseff loses lower house impeachment vote – BBC News Read More »

‘Celebrity threesome’ injunction should be lifted, says court of appeal

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Ban remains in place for two more days to allow the celebrity, known only as PJS, to mount legal challenge.. An injunction banning the media in England and Wales from identifying a celebrity involved in an extramarital relationship should be lifted because of leaks… Source: ‘Celebrity threesome’ injunction should be lifted, says court of appeal | Media | The Guardian Read More »

What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls

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“WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?” Those are the chilling words uttered by an unseen man behind the camera in a video of the Nigerian schoolgirls who vanished exactly two years ago… Source: What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls Read More »

Westpac bank severs ties to Nauru Government over money laundering concerns

One of Australia’s biggest banks has told the Nauru Government it will no longer do business with it or any of its entities. The Westpac bank has also told its Australian customers who do business with the Nauru Government that they will have to close their… Source: Westpac bank severs ties to Nauru Government over money laundering concerns – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Deputy Premier Troy Grant under fire over ‘unprecedented’ crime prevention powers

EXCLUSIVE Deputy Premier Troy Grant has come under an extraordinary attack from the peak NSW barristers’ association over “draconian” proposed powers it warns are “an unprecedented attack on individual freedoms and the rule of law”. The NSW Bar Association has taken aim at Mr Grant’s bill to introduce “crime prevention… Source: Deputy Premier Troy Grant under fire over ‘unprecedented’ crime prevention powers Read More »

How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations

Whatever might be said about its successes and failures, it’s clear that 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report, Australia has become much less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged… Source: How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations Read More »

Portman meets Merrick Garland, still opposes Supreme Court nomination

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President Barack Obama tapped Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. on U.S. Supreme Court. But Senate Republicans have said they will not a hearing on the nomination. Source: Portman meets Merrick Garland, still opposes Supreme Court nomination – News – Times Reporter – New Philadelphia, OH Read More »

Judge rules against couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case

A judge has ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case. The court in the city of Changsha on Wednesday threw out the suit against the local civil affairs bureau that refused to issue the couple a marriage registration certificate. The couple’s lawyer Shi Funong said he did not expect the ruling so soon – within just a few hours. The plaintiff Sun Wenlin said he would appeal until he exhausts all legal options… Source: Judge rules ... Read More »

I introduced a bill to repeal a police program. In response, I was harassed by police

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Some have suggested that the racist and sexist abuse I received from police officers was justified because I was critical of them – but that’s my job as an MP. “Harden the fuck up princess, the police are just doing their duty.” Um, thanks for the advice, but actually, no… Source: I introduced a bill to repeal a police program. In response, I was harassed by police | Jenny Leong | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis

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PRESSURE is mounting on the Tasmanian Government to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis in the wake of Victoria’s historic decision to become the first state in Australia to do so. The Victorian Government passed the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 yesterday, giving patients legal access to the drug in exceptional circumstances… Source: Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis | The Mercury Read More »

Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move

Victoria has become the first state to make medicinal cannabis available to people in exceptional circumstances, with the passing of historic legislation in parliament. Children with severe epilepsy will be given first access to medicinal cannabis from early 2017, following the passing of the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 on Tuesday, a state government statement… Source: Victoria makes medicinal cannabis legal in historic move | SBS News Read More »

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead

Tensions around coal-fired power are reaching breaking point in Bangladesh, after four protestors were shot dead by the police on April 4, and a witch-hunt for more than 3,000 unnamed others began. Villagers in the coastal area of Banskhali, near Chittagong, admit to burning a vehicle well before the April 4 shootings, but deny theyMore… Source: Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead – New Matilda Read More »

Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment

Princess Margaret Hospital’s ethics committee was ‘divided’ on whether Perth six-year-old Oshin Kiszko should have active treatment to attempt to cure his brain cancer, court documents show. A state-first Family Court ruling meant Oshin is now undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer, and a second action to enforce radiotherapy is imminent… Source: Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment Read More »