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Young men abused in disability care never received apology, Disability Royal Commission hears

Two young men with disabilities who suffered abuse in care never received compensation or any formal apology. The Disability Royal Commission recently examined allegations of Abuse by a carer at NDIS provider Afford. Disability carer jailed for three years A disability support carer in Sydney’s west was jailed for three years on abuse-related charges. Police …

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Former top cop to head Royal Commission into Veteran and Defence Personnel Suicides

Former Deputy Commissioner of the NSW Police Nick Kaldas will be heading the new Royal Commission into Veteran and Defence Personnel Suicides. The Prime Minister announced the role at the official launch of the commission last Thursday. A mental health epidemic for veterans Between 2001 and 2017, one Australian veteran died by suicide every two …

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Former top cop to head Royal Commission into veteran and defence personnel suicides

NSW Parliament starts comprehensive inquiry into Coronial system for first time since 1975

The NSW Upper House has agreed to establish a Select Committee to inquire into and report on the coronial system in NSW. The Coroners Court is an important and vital process that can significantly impact the lives of many individuals. However the court hasn’t had a comprehensive review since 1975. From the Lindt Seige to …

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NSW inquiry established into Coronial Inquest system

Disabled woman given eviction notice as sister was a “reputational risk”

A disability service provider tried to evict a client because their sister, who made several complaints, risked damaging the reputation of the organisation. The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability heard that the Sunnyfield Disability Services chief executive Caroline Cuddihy tried to evict the client to protect the company’s …

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Disabled woman given eviction notice as sister was a reputational risk

Spit Hoods: Time has come to ban the archaic restraints

The call to ban spit hoods in Australian prisons has renewed following the campaign from the family of an Indigenous man who died in custody. Wiradjuri, Kokatha and Wirangu man Wayne Fella Morrison was 29 years old when he died in Yatala Labour Prison in September 2016. Morrison was involved in an altercation when prison …

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Spit Hoods Time has come to ban the archaic restraints

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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“I will always direct them to the front door, not the back door” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian fronts ICAC over connections to Daryl Maguire

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has told the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) that she has been in a “close personal relationship” with disgraced MP Daryl Maguire. The investigation of whether Member for Wagga Wagga Mr Maguire used his position for personal. Berejiklian told the inquiry that she has a close personal relationship with Mr Maguire …

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Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) hearing for Gladys Berejiklian

Calls for an Inquiry into the Australian Tax Office

A joint investigation by Four Corners and Fairfax Media has exposed alarming behaviour within the Australian Tax Office (ATO) which has sparked calls for more oversight and accountability mechanisms. The ATO has extensive powers that curtails the notion of innocent before proven guilty The ATO has extensive powers to investigate and prosecute individuals or businesses …

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O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors has had a remarkable year in 2017. We are proud of the wide range of successes that we’ve had this year that span from our involvement in Royal Commissions to our successful outcomes for clients in both criminal and civil cases and our pro bono work. A year filled with …

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The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission: The Good & The Bad

Earlier this year, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (‘LECC’) replaced a number of other institutions. This includes the previous Police Integrity Commission (‘PIC’) as the central committee for oversight of police in NSW. However, the benefits for accountability and efficiency are weakened by the government’s lacklustre implementation and its failure to reform a key area …

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