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Wrongly Convicted Man Dies in Hit and Run


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The victim of one of Australia’s most high-profile miscarriages of justice has been killed in a hit and run incident in Los Angeles. Andrew Mallard was wrongly convicted of the murder of Perth jeweller Pamela Lawrence in 1995, and spent almost 12 years in prison as a result. The …

Indiscriminate Slaughter: The Leaks that Led to the Targeting of Assange


Right now, Julian Assange is languishing in south London’s Belmarsh maximum security prison. He’s facing up to 12 months inside for breach of bail. And he’ll appear in Westminster Magistrates Court via video link on 2 May for a hearing related to his possible extradition to the US. It’s common knowledge that US authorities are …

It’s Time to Regulate Cocaine and MDMA: An Interview with Transform’s Steve Rolles


The debate around legalising recreational cannabis in this country is growing louder. What once seemed to Middle Australia like a far-out idea held by some rural hippies, nowadays, isn’t such a distant concept as the news of successful legalisation in 10 US states funnels in over the internet. Currently, there’s a piece of legislation under …

Free Assange: Incarcerated for Exposing the Truth


The US government arrested an Australian citizen in a foreign country last week for a crime he allegedly committed on foreign soil. And the response by prime minister Scott Morrison and his cronies was to slap each other on the back and collectively express the view, “Look at the boss go.” As the Ecuadorian embassy …

Double Demerits Over the Easter Long Weekend


Double-demerit points are in in force for an extended period this Easter, to include the Anzac Day holiday. Double-demerits start today and run until April 22, then start again on April 24, and run through until April 28. The double demerit points period applies from 12am today until midnight, meaning there will be a total …

On Legalising and Regulating Cocaine: An Interview With Dr Julian Buchanan


The NSW police drug detection dog program has been widely criticised, as it gets it wrong between two-thirds to three-quarters of the time. And the 2006 Ombudsman report pointed out that when searches are successful, most only turn up small amounts of cannabis. In 2013, a passenger disembarking at Sydney’s Redfern Station was six and …

Sydney Man Accused of Procuring Children for Unlawful Sexual Activity


It has been reported that a 46-year old man was arrested and charged with three counts of procuring a child after allegedly approaching several kids at Jarvie Park in Marrickville yesterday and encouraging them to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Police allege the man was also charged with offensive conduct and stalking / intimidating over …

Morrison Targets Animal Rights Activists, While Nazis Go Unhindered


A vegan rally against the society-wide exploitation of animals took place in Melbourne’s CBD on 8 April. And it captured the essence of what a protest is supposed to be about. It was unannounced. It surprised people. It caused delays and inconvenience. And thus, it got its message across. The close to one hundred peaceful …

Men Impersonate Police to Rob Currency Exchange


It has been reported that two men remain at large after pretending to be police officers in order to rob a currency exchange store in north-western Sydney. The men – dressed in black suits, black ties and sunglasses – allegedly entered the Eastwood store at around 1.20pm on Sunday before announcing to a 54-year old …

Another Catholic Priest Charged with Child Sexual Offences


It has been reported that a Catholic priest has been charged with nine offences involving sexual and indecent acts against five children aged between 12 and 15 when he was a band teacher, rugby coach and manager of a dormitory at a Southern Highlands boarding school in the 1980s. Police arrested 77-year old Father Anthony …