Law & Order

Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies

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Speaking at UN summit, the prime minister says security of national borders must come first if the public is to accept large migration flows Ben Doherty Malcolm Turnbull has told world leaders at the UN that Australia’s uncompromising border protection regime should be a model for other countries, and… Source: Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

I Was Granted Clemency After Serving 25 Years of a Life Sentence for Drugs

When Obama granted clemency to 111 non-violent federal drug criminals, Tim Tyler—who got life in prison for LSD—was on the list. By Seth Ferranti When President Obamacommuted the drug war sentences of 111 non-violent federal prisoners on August 30, long-term prisoner, Grateful Dead fan and… Source: I Was Granted Clemency After Serving 25 Years of a Life Sentence for Drugs | The Fix Read More »

Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy

Bill 465 introduced after campaign from families of Irish students killed and injured Tracy Garza in Sacramento A little over a year since the Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six students and left another seven critically wounded, California governor Jerry Brown on… Source: Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy Read More »

Israel rejects appeal against force-feeding prisoners

Supreme court rejects an appeal from Israeli doctors who view the practice as torture and medically risky. Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike is constitutional after rejecting an appeal from the Israel Medical Association. “This law is legal under Israeli law and… Source: Israel rejects appeal against force-feeding prisoners – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are directing the sexual abuse of children living overseas using live streaming services like Skype. By Michael Atkin and Nikki Tugwell The abusers are grooming people, usually in developing countries like the Philippines, to procure children and paying to instruct sexual abuse which is broadcast over the… Source: Australian cyber sex trafficking ‘most dark and evil crime we are seeing’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Brandis diaries case shows how Freedom of Information has been deliberately neglected

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has lost a two-year bid to keep the summaries of meetings in his ministerial diary from being considered for release under the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act. A Federal Court judge in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and a full Federal Court bench decided the reasons advanced on Brandis’ behalf to not… Source: Brandis diaries case shows how Freedom of Information has been deliberately neglected Read More »

‘Legislative slut-shaming’: How the German ‘Cuckoo Kids’ Law’ punishes women

Opinion By Jo Fox Relationships can be messy. Messy going in and messy going out. Sometimes children get caught up in the mess, but generally policy makers and the courts try to shield them from any fallout in relationship breakdown by putting their interests first. This inevitably means moving away from the courts. However, in legislative slut-shaming not seen since Hester Prynne was… Source: ‘Legislative slut-shaming’: How the German ‘Cuckoo Kids’ Law’ punishes women – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty

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Melbourne woman Jasmine Pilbrow found guilty of interfering with an airline crew member for refusing to sit down during protest over the deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker A Melbourne university student who protested against the deportation of an asylum seeker on an interstate flight has been found guilty of interfering with an… Source: Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime

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Two Aboriginal deaths in custody in a month, and yet public debate has been muted not to mention pointless, writes Amy McQuire reports. Last week, there was yet another black death in custody in Australia. A 31-year-old Aboriginal man was found dead in his cell in a Darwin correctional centre. The media release, of… Source: The Black Deaths In Custody Hotline That Kicks In After You’ve Been Arrested For No Crime – New Matilda Read More »

On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright

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This week’s conciliation talks in The Hague give Australia a new chance to do the right thing by the new country to help it secure its future Ben Saul Australia and Timor-Leste start conciliation talks in The Hague on Monday in an effort to resolve their bitter legal dispute over maritime boundaries – and $40bn of… Source: On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright | Ben Saul | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

French court overturns controversial ban

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FRANCE’S top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world. New York Post The ruling by the Council of State Friday specifically concerns a ban on the Muslim garment in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the… Source: Burkini ban France | French court overturns controversial ban Read More »

ASIO push to ‘streamline’ judicial safeguards criticised by legal groups

A push by domestic intelligence agency ASIO to reduce the level of judicial safeguards in terrorism investigations has been criticised by a peak legal group. By political reporter Francis Keany Special warrants currently allow ASIO to question and detain people for up to a week without charge. Under the proposal only the Attorney-General, and… Source: ASIO push to ‘streamline’ judicial safeguards criticised by legal groups – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

America is moving to end its use of private prisons – should Australia follow suit?

For more than 30 years governments around the world have outsourced the management of prison populations. This trend has been enthusiastically adopted in Australia, which has a higher proportion of inmates in privately operated prisons than any other country. Yet recent developments in the US – involving some of the same contractors who operate private prisons in Australia – suggest it might be… Source: America is moving to end its use of private prisons – should Australia follow suit? Read More »

Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed?

A report released this week revealed widespread and entrenched sexual harassment and bullying in the ranks of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Like similar reviews before it, the extent and severity of sexual harassment in the AFP was reported as “shocking”. The problem was also described as “systemic” and requiring significant “cultural reform”. Acknowledging that sexual harassment is an issue that… Source: Why is sexual harassment in the AFP systemic? And can the culture be changed? Read More »

University of Texas students armed with sex toys protest new gun law

Students at the University of Texas have gathered on the first day of semester classes to protest against a new law allowing people to carry handguns into campus buildings, which came into effect on August 1. The “campus carry” law allows people 21 years old and over with a concealed handgun licence to carry handguns in classrooms and buildings at the university. The organisation behind the protest encouraged students to wear sex toys around the university because, while it is ... Read More »

No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal

Eminent Australians have called for compromise from activists on the turnback of refugee boats. It’s never going to happen, writes Mark Goudkamp, Sadie Grant Butler and Nick Riemer. The scale of the response to the Guardian’s revelations of abuse on Nauru should reasonably spell the… Source: No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal – New Matilda Read More »