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Third Round of Banking Royal Commission Hearings to Focus on Lending to Small and Medium Businesses

Widespread misconduct in Banking Industry The Banking Royal Commission has so far revealed widespread misconduct in relation to consumer lending and financial advice provided by financial institutions. We expect that this trend will follow onto the third round of public hearings which will commence on 21 May 2018. This round will cover important issues in relation to the conduct Read more about Third Round of Banking Royal Commission Hearings to Focus on Lending to Small and Medium Businesses[…]

Former Liberal MP wins Defamation Case against Local Newspaper

Local newspaper published article against former Liberal MP In 2016 a local newspaper Benalla Ensign published an article alleging that former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella had “pushed” her political opponent, MP Cathy McGowan, out of a photo opportunity with MP Ken Wyatt at a nursing home. Mrs Mirabella approached the newspaper, Ms McGowan and Mr Read more about Former Liberal MP wins Defamation Case against Local Newspaper[…]

The Right to be Forgotten… Should it Exist in Australia?

Have you ever had an image, video or post about you that you prayed would never go viral? The reality is that the widespread use of the Internet means that such content spreads like wildfire. Some of this content can be extremely personal and cause more harm than just embarrassment. In May 2014 the European Read more about The Right to be Forgotten… Should it Exist in Australia?[…]

ICAC Investigates Allegations of Blackmail inside former Canterbury Council

Allegations of corrupt conduct by public officials are extremely serious given that the public places trust in public sector employees to perform their obligations appropriately and in the interest of the public. ICAC is conducting an inquiry into blackmail allegations The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is a body that investigates any allegations of corruption Read more about ICAC Investigates Allegations of Blackmail inside former Canterbury Council[…]

U.S. radio host sued for defamatory statements made regarding 2012 school shooting

The parents of two children killed in a Connecticut school shooting in 2012 have filed defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones, the radio host of InfoWars, for allegedly making false statements about the incident. It has been alleged that Mr Jones made statements that the shooting, where 20 children and six adults died, was a “hoax” Read more about U.S. radio host sued for defamatory statements made regarding 2012 school shooting[…]

Calls for an Inquiry into the Australian Tax Office

A joint investigation by Four Corners and Fairfax Media has exposed alarming behaviour within the Australian Tax Office (ATO) which has sparked calls for more oversight and accountability mechanisms. The ATO has extensive powers that curtails the notion of innocent before proven guilty The ATO has extensive powers to investigate and prosecute individuals or businesses Read more about Calls for an Inquiry into the Australian Tax Office[…]

Incorrect Prescription Entered into Medical Chart Results in Death of Patient

A 54 year old man died as a result of a mistake entered into a hospital’s computer system. Paul Lau was given the wrong medication by Macquarie University Hospital after undergoing a knee construction operation. He later died as a result of the medication. A coronial inquest into his death found that Macquarie University Hospital Read more about Incorrect Prescription Entered into Medical Chart Results in Death of Patient[…]

Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People

NSW Police are targeting minority groups with a secret blacklist. The Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) is a police list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. 55% of STMP targets are Aboriginal and almost half are under the age of 25. Children as young as Read more about Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People[…]

Police Brutality is Too Common & Internal Investigation Procedures are Inadequate

In just one week there has been three reports of police brutality in Victoria. It is clear that there is a systemic problem that is allowing police to abuse their powers. The community should have confidence in the ability of police to use their powers appropriately, and to investigate allegations of misconduct in an impartial Read more about Police Brutality is Too Common & Internal Investigation Procedures are Inadequate[…]