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Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW

The scenario is a simple one. You’ve just finished a long, hard day at work or school and begin your journey home. Suddenly, your normal journey is disrupted by a swarm of NSW Police encircling the train station turnstile you’re about to walk through. Two police officers stop you and subject you to an invasive Read more about Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW[…]

Australian Government Proposes New ‘Big Brother’ World

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Black Mirror, you know the possible risks and dangers that could arise from cyber-technology. With unanticipated twists and turns, the popular Netflix sci-fi series highlights the fatal impact of hacks, cyber-attacks, and surveillance cameras. In an age of cloud computing, proxy servers, and encryptions, serious damage and privacy Read more about Australian Government Proposes New ‘Big Brother’ World[…]

Dylan Voller Wins Landmark Social Media Defamation Case

Media Release – 24/06/2019 Former youth detainee Dylan Voller, launched defamation action against three media organisations over comments made by public users on the respective Facebook pages of those organisations. Today in the Supreme Court of NSW, Justice Rothman found in essence that each of the defendants were not merely conduits for the comments. They Read more about Dylan Voller Wins Landmark Social Media Defamation Case[…]

Channel 7 Hosed-out in Yirrkala Community Case

MEDIA RELEASE – 13/06/2019 On 13 March 2018 on its Sunrise Breakfast program, Channel Seven broadcasted a segment with the title, “Aboriginal Adoption, Proposal for White Families Should Take in Abused Kids”. The segment, headed by host Samantha Armytage, was widely condemned and provoked passionate protests for its lack of Aboriginal voices, the tone of Read more about Channel 7 Hosed-out in Yirrkala Community Case[…]

Serious Corruption Findings Against Prison Guards

Six prison officers in New South Wales could face criminal charges after being found to have engaged in serious abuse towards inmates. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found the six staff members from Lithgow Correctional Centre allegedly participated in corruptive conduct and excessive force on inmates in 2014. In the damning findings, an inmate Read more about Serious Corruption Findings Against Prison Guards[…]

Changes To The Procedure In Applying For Bail

Supreme Court Bail Practice Note SC CL 11 In a fair and equitable legal system, justice should never compromise itself at the price of efficiency. It is for this reason that the changes proposed in the Supreme Court Bail Practice Note SC CL 11, which had a commencement date of 3 June, are of such concern. Bail Read more about Changes To The Procedure In Applying For Bail[…]

Sex Offender Refused Bail After Luring 7-Year-Old Girl

A sex offender accused of abducting a young girl in a Sydney suburb has been refused bail. Christopher Irwin, 34, was arrested last Friday after allegedly luring a seven-year-old girl away from the front yard of her grandmother’s home in Macquarie Fields. It is alleged the predator asked the girl, “Do you want to see Read more about Sex Offender Refused Bail After Luring 7-Year-Old Girl[…]

Abusive Treatment of Children in Juvenile Justice

Young Indigenous people are 17 times more likely to be in detention than other Australians. Despite only 5% of the general population are Aboriginal persons aged 10-17, they make up almost half of those under youth justice supervision. The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare youth justice report also found 39% of young Indigenous people were Read more about Abusive Treatment of Children in Juvenile Justice[…]

Proposed Facial Covering Ban in Australia

Several countries have banned the wearing of facial coverings in public places. These include: France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, China and Bulgaria. Recently, Sri Lanka joined the burqa ban list in a knee-jerk reaction to the series of suicide attacks that killed at least 250 people and injured hundreds on Easter Sunday. This controversial ban could Read more about Proposed Facial Covering Ban in Australia[…]

Geoffrey Rush Wins $2.9 Million on #MeToo Defamation Case

Geoffrey Rush was awarded a staggering $2.9 million after winning his defamation case against The Daily Telegraph. The Oscar-winner, 67, was wrongfully accused of “inappropriate behaviour” towards a female co-star in a series of reports by the newspaper publication. Record breaking defamation payout: economic loss, compensatory aggravated damages The record-breaking defamation payout included $1.98 million Read more about Geoffrey Rush Wins $2.9 Million on #MeToo Defamation Case[…]