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Government Proposes to Ban Mobiles Phones from Detention Centres

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The Federal Government has proposed new laws which would give the Immigration Minister the power to ban mobile phones, computers and other items it sees fit from detention centres and other places of immigration detainment. The laws – a similar...

Welcome to Country: Lidia Thorpe on the Mantra Refugees

by Paul Gregoire
Right now, governments around the country are in the midst of a staged lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been set in place for the last couple of months. And while many out there in the community are breathing...

Robodebt Class Action is Coming

by Sonia Hickey
Centrelink will be contacting hundreds of thousands of Australians in the coming weeks to notify them that they could be part of a Robodebt class action lawsuit against the federal government. About 13,000 people have already signed up to the...

Police Commissioner Gets 15% Pay Rise Despite COVID and the Erosion of Public Confidence in the Force

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
As recently reported, New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has received a controversial $87,000, or 15%, pay rise backed by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott. Many other MPs have opposed the raise, with...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 11 to 17 May 2020

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Contractor Fined $100,000 Over Fatal Gas Mix-Up A newborn was killed and a child left with permanent brain damage, prompting the judge to remark, “[i]n...

Dutton’s ASIO Bill Further Erodes Legal Protections

by Paul Gregoire
As a reduced Australian parliament met for a series of special sitting days this week to deal with matters that couldn’t wait until after it resumes normal duties post-pandemic, home affairs minister Peter Dutton introduced some new rights-eroding laws, hoping...

Occupying the Mantra Rooftop for Refugees: An Interview With WACA’s Sam Castro

by Paul Gregoire
Right now, there are over 65 former offshore refugee detainees being held at the Mantra Hotel in the Melbourne suburb of Preston. Brought to Australia under the provisions of Medevac, these men with compromised health are now fearing for their...

India Cracks Down Further on Kashmir Under the Cover of COVID-19

by Paul Gregoire
Indian soldiers fatally shot a young Kashmiri man on Wednesday, claiming he’d ignored instructions to stop at two checkpoints in the disputed region of Kashmir. However, eyewitnesses state that the man – who was complying with security officials – was...

Post-COVID Restart Tough for Sex Workers: An Interview With SWOP’s Cameron Cox

by Paul Gregoire
The intimacy involved in a lot of sex industry services was always going to be problematic during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, now it seems that as the economy begins reopening, there’s confusion mounting around when the industry will be fully...

Australian ‘Church’ Fined for Selling Bleach as a Coronavirus Cure

by Sonia Hickey
If you thought Donald Trump spouting the potential health benefits of disinfectant to cure the coronavirus was ridiculous, a church in Australia has just been fined more than $150,000 for selling a concoction called Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). In a...
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