Victoria Police pay $11.7M in settlement with quadriplegic man

Victoria Police have reached a settlement with a man who became a quadriplegic after officers allegedly injured him while responding to a noise complaint in 2017. This police settlement may be the largest in Victorian history. A noise complaint turned violent Chris Karadaglis was alone in his home in Warrnambool in Victoria’s south-west when three …

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New bill to put an end to the continued removal of Aboriginal children

Authorities are 11 times more likely to take Aboriginal children from their families than non-Aboriginal children. While most believe the stolen generation finished decades ago, the reality is that families are still suffering. Today, the NSW Greens have announced a bill to prevent the continued systematic removal of First Nations children. Family is culture In …

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New bill to put an end to the continued removal of Aboriginal children (1)

SA Department of Human Services failed to probe threats against disabled man, Royal Commission told

The Disability Royal Commission has been urged to find that South Australia’s Department of Human Services failed to adequately investigate threats of violence against a man living in disability accommodation. A threatening letter arrived at the home address of Mitchell’s family. The letter warned that their nephew Mitchell would be “abused with cruelty, violence, regularly …

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SA department failed to adequately probe threats against disabled man, Royal Commission told

Police shootings at all time high in Australia with concerns about militarisation of police

Fatal police shootings in Australia are at an all-time high, according to data from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). Shootings rose by 78 per cent between 2018-19 and 2019-20 alone. Critics have have raised concerns as to the over-militarisation of the police force, with deadly results. Fatal police shootings at all-time high There were …

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Police shootings at all time high in Australia with concerns about militarisation of police

ACT first to criminalise act of stealthing in Australia

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) passed laws last week explicitly criminalising the act of ‘stealthing‘. The law defines stealthing as a situation “where consent is given on the basis that a condom be used during sexual intercourse and the alleged offender either removes the condom or does not put on a condom at all and intentionally …

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ACT LEADS THE WAY, criminalises act of stealthing

NSW holds highest number of Indigenous deaths in custody for 2019-20

New South Wales is the most lethal place to be an Indigenous person in prison, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). However, with six Indigenous deaths in custody in 2021 so far, the State has already outnumbered last years data. A lethal state Between 2019-20, New South Wales held …

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NSW holds highest number of Indigenous deaths in custody

The Wigs Podcast episode on Voller High Court decision

Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien and Senior Defamation Solicitor Stewart O’Connell feature on the latest episode of the The Wigs podcast to discuss the latest High Court result. The High Court recently handed down a decision in favour of Dylan Voller, who is a client of O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors. Talking shop on the Wigs …

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The Wigs Podcast episode on Voller High Court decision

Cop suspended after sling tackle at Melbourne’s Flinders St Station

Victoria Police have suspended an Acting Sargeant following a sling tackle at Melbourne‘s Flinders Street Station. A passer-by captured the incident on a mobile phone and posted it to Twitter. This led to a spike in calls asking for the officer to be stood down. The officer has been suspended pending an investigation by the …

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Cop suspended after sling tackle at Flinders St Station

Peter O’Brien in new William Tyrrell Documentary

Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien features in the new documentary by Channel Seven focusing on the manhunt for William Tyrrell. “The disappearance of William Tyrrell” is a four-part series exploring on the various aspects of the mystery surrounding Tyrrell’s sudden disappearance. Part Two of the serious centres on the unwarranted man hunt against Bill Spedding. The …

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Peter O'Brien on new William Tyrrell Documentary

Court rejects Catholic Church’s bid to stop child sexual abuse case

The Supreme Court of NSW has rejected the Catholic Church’s request for a permanent stay of proceedings for a child sexual assault matter. The Church tried to stop a survivor from suing over allegations she experienced sexual assault as a child by Father Clarence Anderson in 1968. The Church’s own records indicate that it knew …

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