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Tweeting in court? First review into open justice since birth of social media

The NSW Law Reform Commission is seeking submissions in relation to: a review of suppression orders, media access to court documents and the use of Twitter in court. The review, announced by NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman, covers multiple terms of reference including whether suppression orders can be enforced in a digital era, and whether …

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Sydney Institute of Criminology slams police as more footage emerges from USYD protest

The Executive of the Sydney Institute of Criminology has condemned the misuse of power exercised by NSW Police force at recent protests. The two Directors and two Deputy Directors concurred with the Vice Chancellor’s description of footage as “disturbing”. While citing safe COVID-19 behaviour, the Executive made it clear that they support peaceful protests. “We …

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Petition for Royal Commission into Murdoch Press

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called for a Royal Commission into News Corp‘s stronghold on Australian media. The petition currently has almost 350,000 signatures. While the petition endorses a general royal commission, Rudd focuses on the power held by the Australian billionaire, Rupert Murdoch. “This power is routinely used to attack opponents in business …

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Greens MP David Shoebridge slams Federal Governments $300M investment in policing

The Federal Government has thrown $300 million to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), but failed to provide any support to Indigenous legal services, address Indigenous deaths in custody, or Closing the Gap. The budget was handed down on Tuesday, focused on an economic recovery during COVID-19. Policing preferred over people NSW state Greens MP David …

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COVID-19 fines targeted poor suburbs of Sydney

Young men from poor suburbs and towns with high Aboriginal populations were more likely to be fined for breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules. There were 1427 fines and charges issued for breaking the public health orders from March 17 to June 28 of this year. The Sun-Herald used freedom of information laws to obtain the details of …

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Victoria moves to overhaul investigation process of deaths in custody

The Victorian Coroners Court has announced it will fast-track investigations into Indigenous deaths in custody as part of an  overhaul. The changes announced include: the coroners will immediately attend the scene of an Indigenous death in custody; a specialist Koori court officer will meet grieving families; an initial court hearing will be held within 28 days; …

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Protest over black deaths in custody in Sydney

Talking with T – A podcast on Blackness

Talking with T – A podcast on Blackness Civil liberties and First Nations advocate Taylah Gray has just launched a podcast entitled “Talking with T“. The Wiradjuri woman and final year law student was at the centre of the #blacklivesmatter movement in Newcastle after we fought against NSW Police in granting permission to protest in the …

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Reform Needed for “Grossly Unfair” Drug Driving Laws

Lismore Magistrate David Heilpern stood down from his position earlier this year citing unethical drug driving laws. Mr Heilpern stated that the laws were so “grossly unfair” that he could no longer apply them. “[T]he vast majority of people who are brought before the courts on this charge, are not affected [by the drug],” he …

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MEDIA RELEASE: Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray

MEDIA RELEASE Commissioner of Police v Taylah Gray Protest organisers for the Black Lives Matter protest to be held 1pm, Sunday 5 July, Civic Park in Newcastle have been informed by the NSW Police Commissioner that their proposal of a public assembly will be taken to the NSW Supreme Court tomorrow morning.  The application by the …

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Victory – Appeal won – Black Lives Matter vigil and rally can legally proceed

Black Lives Matter (BLM) vigil and rally can proceed: Court of Appeal The NSW Appeal Court has overturned yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the planned protest to be held in Sydney at 3pm this afternoon. “This is a victory for the thousands of people who want to join the call to end police brutality and …

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