Australasia

Revenge porn civil penalties considered by Government to give victims faster access to justice

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The Federal Government is considering a new range of civil penalties to try to help victims of so-called “revenge porn” get justice more quickly. Abc Naomi Woodley and Josie Taylor The states and territories are already discussing ways to harmonise their laws which criminalise the sharing of intimate photos without someone’s consent. But the Federal Government said… Revenge porn civil… Read More »

John Rau’s Senior Counsel application given special consideration, confirms SA Chief Justice

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Special consideration was given to an application by Attorney-General and Deputy Premier John Rau to become a Senior Counsel (SC), South Australia’s Chief Justice Chris Kourakis has confirmed, as it would spare any public embarrassment if it had been rejected. ABC Nick Harmsen and Angelique Donnellan The Chief Justice absented himself from considering Mr Rau’s application to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest. Mr. Rau’s ultimately successful application was submitted after a… John Rau’s Senior Counsel application given ... Read More »

Megan Latham resigns just days after Government passed legislation which effectively sacked her

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Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) commissioner Megan Latham has resigned. ABC Sarah Gerathy Her resignation comes just days after she learnt she would have been forced to reapply for her job under changes to the ICAC’s structure that passed New South Wales Parliament last week. The legislation prompted claims that the State Government was effectively forcing Ms Latham out of her job, as… Megan Latham resigns just days after… Read More »

Freedom of speech? More like freedom to be a racist

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To no one’s great surprise, I guess, the government has finally caved in to pressure and announced an inquiry into “freedom of speech”. The Canberra Times Sarah Gill A better title might be the “freedom to be a racist” though, in view of the fact that the Racial Discrimination Act is the sole focus of the inquiry. Announced by Attorney-General George Brandis on November 8, the inquiry of the Parliamentary Joint Committee will consider whether the act imposes “unreasonable restrictions” on… ... Read More »

Let voters elect weirdos and the imperfect

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Constitutional rules surrounding Australian elections represent centuries-old British legal language and morality. And they should be done away with. Crikey What sort of electoral system tries to forbid electors from voting for one of their own to represent them? Ours. Much hullabaloo has followed Attorney-General George Brandis’ announcement… Let voters elect weirdos and… Read More »

NT child abuse reports skyrocketing, children’s commissioner report shows

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Almost 1,800 children have been abused or neglected in just one year in the Northern Territory, and Territory Families failed to protect almost a quarter of them from more abuse, a new report has revealed. ABC Neda Nanovac and Eleni Roussos The NT children’s commissioner has released her annual report, finding that the number of notifications potential harm to children has more than doubled in the past five years. Last year alone, there was a 20 per cent spike in ... Read More »

Anglican priest undressed, touched boy in South West town, WA court hears

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A man has told a Perth court he was repeatedly undressed and touched in the groin by an Anglican priest in the late 1970s, while going to church with his mother. ABC Emily Piesse Retired priest Raymond Sydney Cheek, 84, has pleaded not guilty to five charges spanning 30 years, including indecent dealing with a child under 14 years. The first charge related to an alleged offence on… Anglican priest undressed, touched boy in… Read More »

Children in 20-hour lockdown at Barwon prison: lawyers

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Teenagers are being kept in 20-hour lock down in cells designed for hardened murderers such as Peter Dupas and Julian Knight, their lawyers say. The Age Bianca Hall The state government has imposed a detention-centre style secrecy on the fate of the young prisoners sent to adult maximum-security prison near Geelong, and Victorians may never know how many children will be sent to Barwon prison. The Department of Health and Human Services says it will not provide “daily discussions” on the… Children ... Read More »

Old public housing to be bulldozed for new homes for family violence victims

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Ageing public housing units will be bulldozed to make way for new homes for family violence victims under a $200 million plan from the Andrews government. The Age Richard Willingham The overhaul is part of the government’s 10-year family violence strategy, to be released on Thursday, in response to the Royal Commission. Service providers briefed on Wednesday heard that long-term targets for… Old public housing to be bulldozed for new homes for… Read More »

How common are delays in Centrelink payments to asylum seekers?

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The payments of $433 are provided to people who are deemed eligible by the DIPB, in what has been described as a “precarious existence”. Crikey There were reports over the weekend that Nur Islam, the Rohingya asylum seeker accused of walking into a Springvale bank and setting himself alight on Friday, had experienced delays in receiving his Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) payment, although Centrelink has denied that this is the case. A tipster tells us that… How common are ... Read More »

Dear Caroline Overington, the White Australia Policy is over, deal with it

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Sadly, ignorance of non-Anglo cultures is the name of the game in both mainstream media and politics in Australia. Crikey Irfan Yusuf I’ve been writing commentary and pious punditry since 2005. Before then, I was a helpless consumer of news. When caught in Sydney traffic driving to work in the morning in the… Dear Caroline Overington, the White Australia Policy is… Read More »

Foster Care Queensland’s Bryan Smith says need for repeated reviews is concerning

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In his 25 years’ experience with the foster care system, Foster Care Queensland’s Bryan Smith has seen a lot of reviews into child safety. Brisbane Times Felicity Caldwell There was Leneen Forde’s inquiry into abuse of children in Queensland institutions in 1998-99, a 2003 CMC inquiry into abuse in abuse in foster care and the 2012 Carmody inquiry into child protection. In 2016, it was the Queensland Family and Child Commission review, which was broadened to… Foster Care Queensland’s Bryan Smith says need ... Read More »

The ‘Other’ Side Of Political Correctness

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Donald Trump persuaded Americans to elect him to the White House but was his use of political correctness legitimate, asks Dean Frenkel. New Matilda Dean Frenkel Google ‘political correctness’ with ‘Donald Trump’ and you will get 897,000 hits. Political correctness is a favourite right-wing squeal, but there is… The ‘Other’ Side Of… Read More »

Child abuse royal commission: defrocked Anglican dean denies leading group of paedophile priests

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A defrocked Anglican dean has vehemently denied at a royal commission hearing that he was the leader of a group of child abusers, but admitted he failed to act when he “suspected” a priest in his charge was having sex with a teenage boy. ABC David Marchese The ex-dean of Newcastle, Graeme Lawrence, has returned to the witness box in Sydney after beginning his evidence last week when he was questioned intensely about the events leading up to his defrocking ... Read More »

NSW Government to give free training for Iraqi and Syrian refugees

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The New South Wales Government is offering free training programs to Iraqi and Syrian refugees resettled in the state, in an effort to help them join the workforce. ABC Raveen Hunjan It has committed $27 million over four years toward programs that assist refugees in finding a job. Last year, the Federal Government promised to accept 12,000 refugees due to… NSW Government to give free training for… Read More »

Victorian Government’s decision to send youth rioters to adult prison to be challenged in court

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The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service has launched a Supreme Court challenge to the Andrews Government’s decision to place teenagers involved in the Parkville riot in an adult jail. ABC Jean Edwards Dozens of inmates smashed doors, windows and security cameras, ripped apart ceilings and walls and destroyed equipment at the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre earlier this month, leaving a damage bill of up to $1 million. The Government plans to transfer 40 juvinille offenders to a segregated wing of the… ... Read More »