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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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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

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

Australian Sports Commission apologises to gymnasts after revelations of abuse

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has apologised to gymnasts after revelations of abuse detailed in a Human Rights Commission report. The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released an independent report on the practices of gymnastics in Australia. This is following allegations from former female gymnasts who attended the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra. …

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Australian Sports Commission apologises to gymnasts after revelations of abuse

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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Special investigator into Nicola Gobbo recomended by Lawyer X Royal Commission

The LAWYER X Royal Commission has recommended that a special investigator should be appointed to determine if barrister-turned-police informer Nicola Gobbo and police officers broke any laws when she acted as a source for the Victoria Police. Eighty-two witnesses and 129 days of public and private hearings resulted in 111 recommendations. Commissioner Margaret McMurdo found …

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Lawyer X expert lawyers in Royal Commission recommends investigator into Nicola Gobbo

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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Royal Commission finds sexual abuse rife in the Australian Defence Force

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its report into the Australian Defence Force (ADF) this week. The Commission’s discoveries are horrific. ADF facilities rife with child sexual abuse It found that at the institutions investigated, the HMAS Leeuwin, the Army Apprentice School in Balcombe and the ADF Cadets, child sexual …

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