Law & Order

Top cop tells jail bosses: stop riots

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

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

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 »

SA Premier Jay Weatherill apologises to LGBTIQ community for discrimination

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has made an apology in State Parliament to members of the LGBTIQ community who have been discriminated against because of legislation. ABC Leah MacLennan During his apology, Mr Weatherill spoke of the death of a British man, David Bulmer-Rizzi, in South Australia whose marriage was not recognised on his death certificate. Mr Bulmer-Rizzi died while honeymooning in… SA Premier Jay Weatherill apologises to… Read More »

Royal commission asked to make damning findings against school and Hollingworth

A royal commission investigating historical child sex abuse has been asked to make damning findings against Queensland’s most prestigious school and a former governor-general. Brisbane Times Jorge Branco In submissions published on Thursday, counsel assisting said a large number of students likely would not have been abused had former Brisbane Grammar School headmaster Maxwell Howell investigated sexual abuse claims from students. Over two weeks in November 2015, the commission… Royal commission asked to make… Read More »

Trials delayed as ACT Supreme Court runs out of room

ACT Supreme Court cases are being delayed because of a lack of room, as the construction of a new court complex begins. ABC Elizabeth Byrne The court is at its busiest with a series of major trials in the lead up to Christmas and a lack of jury facilities has caused major logistical problems. Chief Justice Helen Murrell’s central… Trials delayed as ACT Supreme… Read More »

Government passes bill to detain terrorists indefinitely

High-risk terror offenders in Australia may now be kept in jail even after serving their sentences, under legislation passed Thursday that strengthens laws to tackle the threat posed by extremists. SBS Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flagged the move to detain terrorists indefinitely in July, prompted by the frequency and severity of attacks around the world. It will allow Attorney-General George Brandis to… Government passes bill to detain… Read More »

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference heads to Hobart

As the world moves forward, criminology experts from across the globe have travelled to Tasmania to discuss the future of international criminal justice. The Examiner Michelle Wisbey National and international criminologists descended to Hobart on Wednesday for the 29th ​Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference. More than 300 delegates are taking part in the… Australian and New Zealand Society of… Read More »

Gay panic defence: Bill introduced to Queensland Parliament

The Queensland government has introduced a bill to abolish the controversial “gay panic” defence. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell The homosexual advance defence, to use its legal term, has been used by people accused of murder to claim they were provoked due to an unwanted sexual advance. The successful application of section 304 of… Gay panic defence: Bill introduced to… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Sick Iranian asylum seeker stuck on Manus Island ‘deteriorated fast’, doctor says

A sick Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island missed a flight to Port Moresby because of visa issues, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of 24-year-old Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island clinic in August 2014. He suffered severe sepsis from… Hamid Khazaei: Sick Iranian asylum seeker… Read More »

Melbourne archbishops condemn Premier Daniel Andrews over teenagers in adult prisons

Melbourne’s Catholic and Anglican archbishops have penned a joint letter to the Victorian Premier condemning the Government’s decision to house teenagers in the “harshest of adult prison settings”. ABC Jean Edwards Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart and Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier said they had taken the unusual step because they shared a deep concern about the welfare of “the most vulnerable and impressionable children” in the youth justice system. The Andrews Government last week started… Melbourne archbishops condemn… Read More »

Senators urge end to indefinite detention of people held under mental impairment laws

Senate committee finds at least 100 people detained without conviction in prisons and psychiatric units The Guardian Helen Davidson A Senate committee has called for nationwide changes to laws and support services to end the practice of indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. At least 100 people are detained without… Senators urge end to indefinite detention of… Read More »

Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to update Australia’s IP laws

The federal government has threatened Sydney man Mark Rogers with legal action over use of the Medicare logo on his “Save Medicare” website. The Conversation In response to publicity generated by a GetUp! petition, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will look into the matter. But how are Australia’s trademark and copyright laws able to… Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to… Read More »