“Gross violation of privacy”: Australian Border Force demanded Sydney man provide phone passcode

A Sydney man was forced to hand over his phone and passcode to Australian Border Force (ABF) after returning from his holiday in Fiji. He labelled the tactic “an absolute gross violation of privacy”. The ABF stopped James and his partner at Sydney airport. Subsequently the staff emptied their suitcases. They then got instructions to …

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NSW Police required to ask victims, suspects for Indigenous status

Police in New South Wales now need to ask victims and persons of interest if they identify as Indigenous. That Indigenous status data would then go on record in the system – if the person chooses to answer the question. The mandate came in force on Friday to “improve data and create a fairer justice …

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NSW Police Assistant Commissioner and corporate sponsor for Aboriginal engagement Joe Cassar

“His Life Would Have Taken a Completely Different Turn”: Miles & Compensation for Child Sexual Abuse

Content Warning: This Article contains descriptions of child sexual abuse. Reader discretion advised. If I punched you in the face (hypothetically), you could commence a civil action against me for the legal wrong to your person. Assuming I couldn’t raise a defence, you would be entitled to damages (i.e. compensation) for the losses suffered. The …

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“His Life Would Have Taken a Completely Different Turn” child sexual abuse

Inquest recommends review of police neck hold after death of Townsville man

A coroner has urged the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to review the use of a neck hold which police may have potentially used in the death of a Townsville man. The 39-year-old Aboriginal man known as Noombah died of cardiac arrest after experiencing restraint by police in 2018. Police allege they were restraining him to …

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Inquest recommends review of police neck hold after death of Townsville man

People with disability at risk due to acute disability support staff shortages

Disability support workers around the country are sick or isolating, leading to acute staff shortages across the entire sector. A lack of resources and inability of the NSW Government to reign in the latest outbreak has caused havoc across the disability sector. Fears grow for those requiring support, especially if they require specialised COVID care. …

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People with disability at risk due to acute staff shortages

What to do if you’re arrested over the Christmas / New Year break

Courts and criminal defence lawyers generally take a two-week break over the Christmas and New Year season. This 2020-2021 year, most courts will close from 25 December through to 10 January. The below New South Wales Courts are closed on the following dates:: Supreme Court: 20 December 2021 – 28 January 2022 District Court: 18 …

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Arrested and needing bail Christmas court closure

Victoria permits body-worn video to be used in law suits against police

Victoria has amended laws allowing access to footage from police body-worn cameras in law suits against police. Victorian Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes made the amendment after the exposure of the loophole last year. The purpose of the change is to either prove or disprove allegations of abuses of power. Under the previous law, not even judges …

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Victoria FINALLY permits body-worn video to be used in law suits against police

Federal Govt to pay $2m to settle work for the dole disaster

The Federal government is to pay a traditional owners corporation more than $2M after settling a class action over the controversial ‘work for the dole‘ program. Western Australia’s Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and the Ngaanyatjarra council (‘the Council’)  launched a class action in 2019 on behalf of 680 CDP participants. They argued that the program was …

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Federal Govt to pay $2m to settle work for the dole disaster

NSW Anti-Discrimination laws outdated and ineffective

The anti-discrimination laws within New South Wales are failing the states most vulnerable people. A coalition of nine community and rights group have spoken out about the outdated and flawed legislation, stating it is no longer fit for purpose. A movement to protect vulnerable people The NSW Anti-Discrimination Act came into force in 1977 and …

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NSW Anti-Discrimination laws outdated and ineffective
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