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Lithgow Council Manager v WIN News: Defence of Qualified Privilege prevails in defamation case

A recent defamation case in the NSW Court of Appeal held in the favour of WIN News after a city council manager sued the media company over a report of his termination. Roger Bailey was the General Manager of Lithgow City Council (“the Council”). On 19 October 2016, a majority vote of the Council terminated …

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Defamation defence of qualified privilege prevails

Aboriginal man cleared of charges after being tasered by police

Johannes Mangurra was charged with assaulting police officers and resisting arrest after he was tasered inside Numbulwar Police station in the Northern Territory in August 2019. Police pepper-sprayed and tasered the 24-year-old. He then bit police officers during a scuffle on the ground. His lawyers labelled the treatment in police custody as “outrageous” and argued …

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Aboriginal Man charged with assault police

“Worth a rape charge”, “Massive load up”: NSW Police chat group transcript released

Corruption investigations have revealed that NSW Police officers engaged in horrifically misogynistic conversations and jokes about fake charges in a Whatsapp group. The revelations have led to two officers being sacked and the messaging app being banned across the entire force. The conversation dates back to 2017, where one officer shared a photo of a …

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NT Police Officer threatens to ‘belt the f***’ out of Aboriginal teens in Alice Springs

A Northern Territory Police officer has been caught on CCTV grabbing, shoving and verbally abusing a teenage boy in Alice Springs before threatening to “belt the f**k out” of three others. The ABC obtained the footage after a long-fought Freedom of Information request was finally granted. The footage was recorded in March 2018 when a …

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NT Police Officer threatens to assault Aboriginal teens in Alice Springs

Police Powers & Protests: What are your legal rights?

A free webinar featuring Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien is taking place tonight (Wednesday, December 9, 2020) to provide simple and clear guidance on your legal rights during protests. Barrister Felicity Graham, Principal Solicitor of the Shopfront Youth Legal Centre and our own Principal Peter O’Brien will be on the panel, hosted by the police accountability …

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Police Powers & Protests: What are your legal rights?

High Court to hear appeal from major media over Facebook comments about Dylan Voller

Three major media companies have won their chance to appeal the Dylan Voller defamation case, which sets down a precedent of media companies being held responsible for defamatory comments made on their Facebook page. This morning, the bench granted Nationwide News, Fairfax and Australian News Channel the opportunity to have their arguments heard in the …

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$150K awarded for social media trolling in defamation case

Two women have been ordered to pay a combined total of $150,000 for 10 social media posts they made about a wedding planner. On Facebook and Google Reviews, Kellie Smith, 32, and Stacey Isaac, 33, made claims about wedding planner Tristan Moy. The claims included that she tried to ruin her client’s weddings, she bullied …

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“They used the money to buy fishing boats”: AFP wrongly imprisons Indonesian teens

Four years ago, Peter O’Brien delivered a bag full of cash to two Indonesian boys in their village of Bau Bau in South-East Sulawesi. The bag, filled with Indonesian rupiahs, was money awarded from the Courts by the Australian Government for their false imprisonment in Silverwater Correctional Complex. How they got to be there is …

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Peter O'Brien in Indonesia with boys illegally imprisoned by Australian Federal Police (AFP)

Stop strip searches of children under 16 – NSW Greens introduce bill to Parliament

NSW Greens have presented a bill to Parliament to put a stop to the creep of police powers under drug dog and strip search schemes and prohibit strip searches for children under 16. The new bill proposes to make some significant changes to the existing legislation including: prohibiting the use of drug detection dogs without …

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