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Mentally Ill Man Dies After Being Tasered by NSW Police


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New South Wales police have launched an internal investigation into an incident last week whereby a mentally ill man died after officers tasered, peppered sprayed and held him on the ground. Police say the 30-year old was found at around 10.30am that morning wandering through traffic in Glebe, before ...

Australian Businesses Must Inform Customers of Data Breaches


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New laws came into effect on Friday making it mandatory for Australian businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million per year to inform customers of any “data breach” that puts them at risk of “serious harm”. Under the new laws, which amend the Privacy Act 1988, data ...

Calls to Prevent Corrupt Foreign Officials from Using Our Banks


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim British-American policy advisor Bill Browder has led calls for “rule of law” nations such as Australia to enact laws similar to the ‘Magnitsky Act’ in the United States, which make it harder for corrupt foreign state officials to launder embezzled money by using international commercial systems. The Magnitsky Act ...

‘Game Changing’ Medicinal Cannabis Laws: An Interview with Labor MLC Adam Searle


An Australian politician has finally drafted a law which seeks to provide access to medicinal cannabis and is broad enough to get real product into the hands of patients who desperately need it. Leader of the NSW Opposition in the Legislative Council Adam Searle introduced the Medicinal Cannabis (Compassionate Access) Bill 2018 into the state’s upper ...

Woman Who Stabbed Boyfriend Avoids Prison


By Blake O’Connor An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a knife has avoided prison, after the judge found that imprisonment would damage her prospects of a medical career. The perceived leniency of the sentence has led to a public outcry, with critics suggesting the “white, female” student would have been sent to ...

Overrepresentation of Indigenous People with Disabilities in Prison


The Australian prison system is overflowing with inmates with mental and cognitive disabilities. It’s estimated that around 18 percent of the country’s population has such a disability, while close to 50 percent of the prison population does. And there’s an even greater overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disabilities behind bars. The nation’s ...

Turnbull Refuses to Rebuke Colleague for Posting Anti-Muslim Videos


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Malcolm Turnbull continues to refuse to rebuke Liberal Senator Jim Molan for posting two propaganda videos by the extreme right-wing anti-Muslim ‘Britain First’ on his Facebook page. The videos purport to depict Muslim men committing acts of violence on religious or moral grounds, but the credibility of those claims has ...

Iceland Set to Criminalise Male Circumcision


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes to make it a criminal offence punishable by up to six years in prison to circumcise, or arrange for the circumcision of, a boy for non-medical reasons. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. ...

A Bill of Rights Would Protect All Freedoms, Not Just Religious Ones


Philip Ruddock’s Religious Freedom Review closed for submissions on February 14. And the review’s expert panel has decided not to publish the submissions it’s received, until it reports its findings to the prime minister on March 31. Malcolm Turnbull announced the review last November, in response to the concerns of his colleagues and “No” voters over same-sex marriage ...

Professor Sacked after Reporting that Alcohol is the Most Harmful Drug


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On October 29 2009, professor David Nutt was the chair of the UK government’s Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs. However, on the following day, he was promptly sacked after publishing a paper that assessed and compared the harms associated with legal and illegal drugs. In the Estimating Drug ...