Law & Order

Lindt Cafe siege inquest highlights need for police to change their closed-off culture

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The New South Wales coroner, Michael Barnes, made 45 recommendations in his report on the Lindt Cafe siege. Terry Goldsworthy The Conversation These recommendations, released on Wednesday, mainly deal with police procedures and responses to terrorist incidents like the siege, which resulted in the deaths of two hostages and the offender in Sydney in 2014. Using hindsight can be beneficial Much of the controversy around the… Lindt Cafe siege… Read More »

Vic government urged to consider spent convictions scheme

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The Law Institute of Victoria has called on the state government to consider laws that will wipe the criminal record of people who have committed certain ‘low level’ offences, with a… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly LIV has backed recommendations for Victoria to introduce a spent convictions scheme in line with other… The practical effect of a spent convictions scheme is to allow a person who has a criminal record of low level offences to have their record ‘wiped… Vic government ... Read More »

Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy is great. But he could have just paid more tax

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It’s true philanthropy is more common in the USA. So is tax minimisation, citizens without health insurance and homelessness Kristina Keneally The Guardian Fortescue Metals Group founder and billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola made the single biggest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history on… For that, they are to be congratulated… Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy… Read More »

Jakarta’s former governor Ahok dropping appeal against jail sentence for blasphemy

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The wife of Jakarta’s former governor has wept while explaining to the press why her husband has decided not appeal against his… Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley ABC Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was jailed for two years for blasphemy earlier this month and originally said he would appeal against the decision in a… But the Christian and ethnic Chinese Governor, best known as Ahok, has announced through his lawyers he would accept the… Jakarta’s former governor… Read More »

Revenge porn legislation a step closer as Government considers criminal, civil penalties

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People who share or post sexually explicit photos of others without their consent are a step closer to facing tougher criminal and civil penalties, after a meeting of state and territory attorneys… By political reporter Matthew Doran ABC There is significant concern the phenomenon referred to as revenge porn is growing, as the use of social media and messaging apps becomes more and more… The Federal Government has today called for public submissions on… Revenge porn legislation… Read More »

Report: White House Lawyers Are Prepping For Impeachment Proceedings

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White House lawyers have reportedly begun preparing for the possibility that President Donald Trump will face impeachment proceedings. Kevin Daley The Daily Caller CNN, citing unnamed sources, reports attorneys in the White House Counsel’s office have begun researching the particulars of impeachment proceedings and consulted experts outside the administration with specialized knowledge of the… The sources add that the… Report: White House… Read More »

Rape investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dropped

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Sweden today announced it has decided to drop its investigation in to rape allegations made against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. NZ Herald The dramatic decision was revealed by Sweden’s Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, who said the probe had been ‘discontinued’. The 45-year-old Australian has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for almost five years and has been granted political… Rape investigation into… Daily Mail Read More »

ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston to be charged over tax fraud

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Australian Taxation Office Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston will be charged in connection with an alleged $165 million tax fraud syndicate following what police have described as one of the biggest white collar fraud investigations in Australian history. Rachel Olding Megan Levy The Sydney Morning Herald Mr Cranston has been issued a… He is due to appear in… ATO Deputy Commissioner… Read More »

Corruption on a Commonwealth level higher than documented, expert says

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The Federal Parliament should assume that there is more corruption yet to be exposed, a governance and public policy expert says. Felicity Caldwell Brisbane Times Griffith University professor AJ Brown made the comments at a Senate Select Committee investigating the adequacy of the federal government’s current framework to address corruption and misconduct and whether a… “I think the committee and the… Corruption on a… Read More »

Ivory Coast: Army launches operation ‘to restore order’ after mutiny

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Ivory Coast’s military says it has launched an operation to “restore order” after three consecutive days of protests by mutinous soldiers. BBC The soldiers took to the streets in several cities over a pay dispute and blocked off the second largest city, Bouaké, on Saturday. They have said they are willing to fight if the army intervenes. Popular opposition to the rebellion has been… Ivory Coast: Army… Read More »

10 workers gunned down near China ‘Belt and Road’ projects in Pakistan

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QUETTA, Pakistan: Ten laborers were gunned down in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday while working on link roads to connect outlying towns to the country’s $57-billion Chinese “Belt and… Gul Yusufzai Reuters Arab News The attack on the The attack on the Pakistani laborers took place some 20 kilometers from the emerging port city of Gwadar in… “All the laborers were shot at… 10 workers gunned… Read More »

What Kissinger Can Teach Trump about Surviving an Impeachment

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It’s all showbiz—that’s how Henry escaped the Watergate dragnet. Greg Grandin The Nation So yesterday, with social mainstream media lit up with discussions of Watergate, Saturday Night Massacres, and impeachment, who but Henry Kissinger should show up at the Oval Office and sit down for a photo shot with Donald Trump, where Trump took questions on… About two years ago, I… By this, I… What Kissinger Can… Read More »

Court Rules Teenagers in Adult Jail Unlawful

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The detention of teenagers at a Victorian maximum security prison has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court – for the second time. Lina Caneva PBA In the judgement handed down on Thursday, Justice John Dixon said the detention infringed on the young people’s human rights and they should be returned to juvenile detention. The court was asked to rule on whether the… Court Rules Teenagers… Read More »

The biggest threat to free speech isn’t 18C. It’s this

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A very noisy section of the commentariat believes that the biggest threat to free speech in Australia is anti-discrimination law, particularly the “offend and insult” provision, section 18C. Michael Bachelard Brisbane Times They are wrong. A far bigger threat is defamation law. Yes, it’s a threat to the media, and to investigative journalism particularly. But it’s also a… The biggest threat… Read More »

Police Minister Troy Grant says he would like to ‘take the nuts off’ child sex offenders

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NSW’s police minister has declared he’d like to “take the nuts off” convicted child sex offenders when announcing a plan to overhaul the state’s sentencing and parole system. AAP Daily Telegraph Convicted child sex offenders would be able to volunteer for chemical castration under the reforms unveiled by the NSW government today. The suite of changes would ease overcrowding in prisons, reduce court delays and… Police Minister Troy… Read More »

Wikipedia appeals to Turkey’s constitutional court over website’s blocking

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Ankara: Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Brisbane Times Reuters Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a… The block on the… Wikipedia appeals to… Read More »