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How innovation is upending family law

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As legal professionals begin to pivot around new technologies and business models, family lawyers are starting to see a rise in innovative methods of service delivery, according to a family practitioner. Jerome Doraisamy Lawyers Weekly Speaking at the recent Janders Dean #JDHorizons Conference in Sydney, Faigenbaum Family Lawyers principal Talya Faigenbaum said the uptake of interactive online platforms has been particularly… “The more adventurous firms are offering ‘unbundled legal services’ while others are enhancing their legal teams by bringing in ... Read More »

Thai rescue highlights humanity — but not in our leaders

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In Australia, we erupted with joy as we watched the Thai rescue, but our leaders have not planned a rescue operation for 134 children still imprisoned in Nauru, writes John Passant. IA THE RESCUE of the 12 young soccer players and their coach from a cave in Thailand shows all that is great about humanity. Compassion, global cooperation, love, skill — all were on display. Around the globe, billions hoped and prayed as we watched the teams racing to save the boys ... Read More »

Don’t wait for the government to take the lead on ethical action

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Most people are moved to emit at least an “awww” when they see the sweet, big-eyed face of a baby orangutan staring out of a magazine or a meme. Nicola Philp The Sydney Morning Herald And most people who watched a recent viral video of an adult orangutan trying to escape an excavator as it smashed down the tree it was clinging to would have been horrified. That feeling would continue were they to discover that more than 100,000 of ... Read More »

‘Serious questions’ over whether Australia’s emissions cuts are real

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Methods used to pledge at least $1.15 billion in taxpayer-funded emissions cuts are under a cloud as officials probe whether the environmental benefits credited to the Coalition government’s flagship… Nicole Hasham WAtoday A former government official has told Fairfax Media that the scheme, the emissions reduction fund, has rightly focused on attracting participants to carbon-reducing projects such as revegetation, rather than assessing if the… But critics say a lack of probity in the $2.55 billion Abbott-era policy mean it is impossible ... Read More »

Thanks for your concern, but my religion is not in need of protection

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The recent contribution to our national debate on religious freedom by Social Services Minister Dan Tehan is to be welcomed. Catherine McGregor Brisbane Times Delivering a named oration in honour of  English cleric Sir Thomas More, Tehan argued that the dilution of Australia’s Christian identity may undermine the nature of our society, which he conceives as deriving its unique character from Judeo-Christian foundations. As veterans affairs minister, Tehan brought genuine compassion to a dysfunctional system that was compounding, rather than ... Read More »

East Timor bugging: Politicians call for AFP to investigate Australian spies’ role in 2004 operation

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Intelligence whistleblower turned independent MP Andrew Wilkie has called on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to launch an investigation into the role the nation’s intelligence services played in the… By political reporter Matthew Doran ABC The 2004 incident led to a souring of the relationship between Canberra and East Timor, as the two nations were negotiating a deal on accessing offshore oil deposits at the time. Last month, Mr Wilkie used parliamentary privilege to reveal the Commonwealth Director of Public ... Read More »

ABC would ‘cease to exist’ if it was barred from digital platforms, chairman says

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Justin Milne says commercial media and ‘political fringe’ want to shrink ABC for ‘self-serving’ ends Amanda Meade The Guardian Restricting the ABC’s digital output in response to calls from commercial media would kill public broadcasting, the chairman of the ABC, Justin Milne, has said. “If the ABC were barred from serving audiences on digital platforms, it would wither away and cease to exist,” Milne said in response to calls from News Corp and Fairfax Media for it to abandon online news and ... Read More »

Each time Australia delays bringing a sick child from Nauru, the stakes get higher

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The government is playing a dangerous game with the lives of refugee children Ben Doherty The Guardian Last week, three children held in Australia’s offshore immigration regime on the island of Nauru were moved to Australia following court order or threat of legal action. In six months, eight cases have been brought before the Australian courts of children suffering life-threatening psychological or physical illness that cannot be properly treated on Nauru. Every one of those cases has been won. Children have been ... Read More »

Why do the media demonise African Australians?

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Calling out the media for its biased reporting of crimes committed by African Australians is not about defending criminals or failing to sympathise with victims. Nyadol Nyuon WAtoday No African Australian I know supports criminal activity, thinks it is OK or wishes to excuse it in any way. What we are trying to do, however, is to highlight that the media consistently reports crimes committed by black people vastly differently from the way it reports crimes committed by white people, ... Read More »

We all suffer when government fails to intervene early

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A jury could not agree last month on whether accused Bourke Street killer Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas was mentally fit to stand trial. Matt Tyler & Peter Willis The Age Gargasoulas has said he is the messiah, a saviour, and the illuminati are to blame for the horrific attack that saw 34 pedestrians mowed down in Melbourne in January 2017. Following the attack, police spoke about Gargasoulas’ history of illicit drug use, robbery and violence. Gargasoulas’ devastating choices were his own. While ... Read More »

The murders we don’t hear about — and why

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When a 68-year-old father shot dead his teenage son and daughter at the home where they lived with their mother, media organisations were justifiably transfixed: the cold-blooded killing, described by police as a “planned attack”, has horrified readers, viewers and… The Signal By Stephen Smiley and Angela Lavoipierre ABC But since that calculated crime was committed in West Pennant Hills in Sydney on Thursday, there have been at least three other murders that have received much less attention: a 76-year-old ... Read More »

Reflections on how far ATSI women in law have come

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With NAIDOC Week kicking off this week, Lawyers Weekly spoke with two trailblazing women lawyers about their experiences, what issues are still being faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in law, and… Jerome Doraisamy The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is “Because of her, we can”, and Kate George — who was the first Aboriginal person to study law at The University of Western Australia and was WA’s… “When I commenced my tertiary studies, there were very ... Read More »

The new far right: Leyonhjelm is just a symptom

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An ever more vocal group of angry men is rising in an Australia where women, protesters and dissidents should be seen and not heard, writes John Passant. IA ANOTHER ANGRY MAN has killed two members of his family. But it is all about “misandry”, isn’t it? Because all those angry women out there killing their partners and kids are just ignored by the feminist media oligopolies and the left-wing lesbians running the ABC. Or, could it be, women don’t often ... Read More »

More Than One-Third of Australians Experiencing Food Insecurity

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More than one-third of Australians are experiencing some form of food insecurity, a number significantly higher than previously reported, new research shows. Luke Michael ProBono An Edith Cowan University (ECU) nationwide survey of 2,334 Australians found that 36 per cent of people have experienced low or very low food security at some time. These findings are in stark contrast to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, which suggests only four per cent of Australians experience food insecurity. Lead researcher Lucy… ... Read More »

The Australian doctor playing a key role in Thai cave rescue

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An Australian doctor is at the centre of the desperate attempt to rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Chiang Rai. Josh Dye The Age Richard Harris, an anaesthetist from Adelaide, has been revealed as one of the international dive experts seconded to assist with the difficult and dangerous rescue mission. On Saturday, Dr Harris undertook the dangerous dive through to the 12 Thai boys and their coach. He gave the final approval on the boys’ ... Read More »

Kon Karapanagiotidis: A merchant of hope for asylum seekers

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Seventeen years after setting up the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, this Melburnian still faces daily hurdles in his fight for those seeking protection. Why does he persist? Gabriella Coslovich The Sydney Morning Herald It’s 9.48am and Kon Karapanagiotidis’ day is not getting off to a great start. “Can you hear me?” he asks, staring at his donated computer in his modest, lilac-walled office. Over in one corner, a large wooden spool acts as a table. Around it, milk crates topped ... Read More »