In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles:
Drunken Shooter Avoids Prison Due to COVID-19
A man who accidentally shot his daughter in the head while trying to scare her was given a non-custodial sentence, partly due to the threat COVID-19 would pose in prison.
The Offence of Dishonestly Obtaining a Financial Advantage by Deception
Former NSW RSL President Don Rowe has been convicted for defrauding the organisation of nearly $10,000.
No COVID-19 Uni Cuts: An Interview With Students Organising Resistance’s Shovan Bhattarai
Students are holding a national day of action to support educators who are facing the prospect of wage cuts and job losses.
COVID-19: Australia Joins Calls for International Investigation
There are calls for an investigation into the genesis of the virus, with a view to enforcing measures to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.
“A Looming Humanitarian Crisis”, as Migrant Workers Are Left in the Cold
Despite contributing greatly to our economy, migrant workers have been left out of the government’s financial rescue package.
Homeless Man Imprisoned For Sleeping on a Park Bench
The man was fined then imprisoned for “for unlawfully being outside his place of residence during the COVID-19 outbreak”.
The Offence of Failing to School Your Child
Not sending your child to school, or otherwise providing appropriate schooling, can amount to an offence.
COVID Policing in Australia: An Interview With Liberty Victoria’s Michael Stanton
Community legal groups have launched a website to monitor and record the heavy-handed enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions.
COVID-19: Is More Police the Answer?
250 additional police officers will be deployed in NSW to enforce COVID-19 social controls.
No Social Licence for Effective App Take-Up: An Interview With Digital Rights Watch’s Lizzie O’Shea
Several organisations have raised concerns about the government’s proposed mobile phone tracing app.
Tanya Day’s Family Continue Fight to See Justice for Their Mother
The coroner has recommended that criminal charges be considered against two police officers who were responsible for monitoring a woman when she died in custody.
Scout Leader Sent to Prison For Child Sexual Offences
A former NSW Scout Leader has been sentenced to 31 years behind bars for 12 child sexual assault offences.
The Second Wave: How COVID Police Powers Could Become Permanent
There are concerns governments will use fears of a ‘second wave’ or future viruses to prolong current controls, and ultimately enact them into permanent legislation.
COVID-19: Victoria Introduces Judge-Only Trials
Those in custody for County Court proceedings will need to either plead guilty or agree to a judge-alone trial, if they wish to have their cases finalised during COVID-19.
Pandemic or Not, the Morrison Squad Represents the Corporates
Despite COVID-19, the Morrison government continues to prioritise the interests of corporates over the needs of the community.
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