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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[…]

Unfair measures targeting Bikie Organisations in Police crackdown

A series of shootings and fires across the Hunter Valley region have led to the NSW Police initiating a task force aimed at cracking down on local rival bikie organisations. As part of this, bikie organisations have been targeted by NSW Police who have proposed severe measures that would forbid them from associating with other Read more about Unfair measures targeting Bikie Organisations in Police crackdown[…]

First Round of Banking Royal Commission Reveals Systemic Issues in the Banking Industry

Customers are falling victim to the misconduct of banks with evidence being presented at the Banking Royal Commission (BRC) of fraudulent conduct, approval of inappropriate loans and excessive interest rates. The first round of public hearings have finished with the big four banks (NAB, Westpac, ANZ and CBA) being scrutinised by the Commission over its inappropriate Read more about First Round of Banking Royal Commission Reveals Systemic Issues in the Banking Industry[…]

The Need to Overhaul the Drug Detection Dogs Program

Police drug detection dogs (‘drug dogs’) are now an ordinary sight at airports, train stations, music festivals and in other public areas. A positive indication by a drug dog usually results in the police searching the person’s pockets or bags under a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that the person is in the possession of illicit substances. Police Read more about The Need to Overhaul the Drug Detection Dogs Program[…]

Mobile Drug Tests: The Need to Review Existing Regimes

Australia’s current drug driving laws punish individuals who present no risk to other drivers, and attempts to bring the war on drugs into traffic management, but on a completely false pretext. It is an offence in Australia to drive a vehicle with illicit drugs present in your bloodstream. This is in addition to the laws Read more about Mobile Drug Tests: The Need to Review Existing Regimes[…]