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Lawyers call on NSW Premier to review unfair COVID fines

The NSW Law Society called on Premier Dominic Perrottet to urgently review thousands of COVID fines. Lawyers warn that many fines were invalid, unfair and caused debts that people are unable to pay. COVID fines disproportionately dished out Earlier this year, The Guardian revealed two areas of NSW bore the brunt of the COVID fines: small towns with …

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Push to ban spit-hoods nationwide after continued use in Northern Territory

After the continued use of spit hoods on kids in the NT, advocates are pushing for nationwide ban on the barbaric devices. If you wish to support the move to ban spit hoods: SIGN THE PETITION HERE The NT News confirmed today that all states except for Queensland and Northern Territory stopped using spit hoods …

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Push to ban spit-hoods nationwide after continued use in Northern Territory

NT Government support use of spit hoods in police custody

The Northern Territory government is resisting calls to ban the use of spit hoods on children. New data has shown that the use of spit hoods on children increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spit hoods had been used 27 times on children since 2018, and chair restraints six times. The youngest child was 12 years …

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NT Government support use of spit hoods in police custody

Government takes no action on raising the age, one year on

One year ago, Australia’s Attorneys-General decided to defer a long-awaited decision to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Since then, no action has been taken in raising the age, despite overwhelming international pressure to amend our position. A social media campaign has kicked off in support of changing the detrimental law.   View this post …

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Government takes no action on raising the age of criminal responsibility , one year on

CCTV of strip-searches and showers of children in detention should be removed, report states

A report from the ACT Inspector for Correctional Services has found that security cameras of children showering or being strip-searched violate their dignity. He recommended the removal of the cameras. ACT Inspector for Correctional Services Neil McAllister released the ACT’s youth detention centre’s first healthy centre review. He found that while strip-searching practices are sound, …

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CCTV of strip-searches and showers of children in detention should be removed, report states

Strip-searches on youth should be illegal, Ombudsman says

The NSW Ombudsman has stated that naked strip-searches performed on three children in view of CCTV cameras were unreasonable. The Ombudsman also recommended outlawing such searches. Three children climbed onto the roof of the Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre in November 2019 and refused to come down. According to a report tabled in Parliament on …

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Strip-searches on youth should be illegal, Ombudsman says

The Media v Dylan Voller – The High Court Hearing

The matter of Fairfax Media, Nationwide News and Australian News Channel against Dylan Voller made its way up to the High Court of Australia on Tuesday 18 May. Almost four years since Mr Voller filed his defamation claim against the media companies, the full bench of the High Court heard the matter. In legal speak, …

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First Nations people and the criminal justice system – a tiring story of discrimination

First Nations people are more likely to be refused bail, more likely to get jail sentences and are grossly over-represented in the prison population. First Nations kids are also grossly over-represented in juvenile detention centres and are unfairly targeted in programs such as the Suspect Target Management Program. And yet, the Northern Territory Government, the …

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First Nations people and the criminal justice system - a tiring story of discrimination

Chief Minister Gunner: Don’t abandon the NT Royal Commission

ADD YOUR VOICE HERE Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has blatantly ignored the Royal Commission by announcing changes to the Territory’s handling of youth crime. The NT will make changes to the Bail Act and the Youth Justice Act to create “tougher than ever consequences”, according to Gunner. Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien worked in …

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Throwing them in jail fixes nothing_ - Archaic changes to NT youth bail criticised

Queensland Government’s “war on youth” won’t fix crime

The Queensland Government‘s latest knee jerk reaction to a spate of tragedies leaves already vulnerable children in an even more vulnerable position. Earlier this year, three people were killed in incidents involving children. A young couple tragically died near Brisbane when a 17-year-old was driving a stolen car whilst intoxicated. Another young woman was killed …

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