In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles:
Torres Strait Takes Australia to UN Over Climate Inaction: An Interview With 350’s Glen Klatovsky
Torres Strait Islander communities affected by rising sea levels have filed a complaint over Australia’s inaction on climate change.
The Law and Penalties for Aggravated Sexual Assault in New South Wales
A man who ‘liked seeing fear in girls’ has been sentenced to a minimum of 28 years behind bars for a six-week rampage of sexual assaults in Sydney.
The Offence of Manslaughter in New South Wales
A man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after bashing a disabled man to death.
Drug Driving Charges and the Defence of Honest and Reasonable Mistake
A case against a driver was dismissed after the magistrate accepted that her positive reading for THC was the result of second-hand cannabis smoke.
Homeless Lives Matter: Governments Must Focus on Charity at Home
Governments need to get their priorities right when it comes to expenditure and tax breaks for the wealthy.
The Adani Mine: Morrison, Albanese and the Growing Rebellion
Climate change was an important issue for voters in the lead-up to the recent election, but calls for action have fallen on deaf ears with our major parties.
Mother Imprisoned for Giving Her Kids Sleeping Tablets
A mother who gave her four children chocolate milk containing ground sleeping tablets has been sentenced to imprisonment.
Do I Have to Give My Fingerprints if Directed by My Employer?
An employee made a claim for unfair dismissal after being terminated for not providing his employer with his fingerprints.
“We Must Speak Out”: Lawyers Are Obliged to Speak Out About Human Rights
Lawyers are in a unique position to inform the public about laws which remove legal freedoms and safeguards, and should in fact do so – even if it means criticising the politicians who pass them.
Prisons Should Focus on Treatment Rather than Punishment
A study has found that screening new inmates for brain injuries and treating their conditions can reduce the likelihood of future offending.
Continuing Detention Orders in New South Wales
An application has been made to keep a serial child sex offender behind bars beyond the length of his full sentence.
Keeping Religion Out of Politics: An Interview With the National Secular Lobby’s Peter Monk
The National Secular Lobby is pushing for a stronger voice for those that advocate for secularism.
#MeToo Founder Sued for Defamation
The woman behind the #MeToo movement in France has been sued by the man she accused of making sexually inappropriate comments towards her.
Drug Dogs Are No Deterrent & Increase the Harm: An Interview With RMIT’s Dr Peta Malins
A recent study found that the presence of sniffer dogs is “no deterrent at all”, and can lead to dangerous drug-taking behaviour such as pre-loading and loading up.
Strip Searches: State-Perpetrated Sexual Acts
Police who illegally carry out strip searches may be guilty of the crime of sexual act or sexual touching.
Passive Smoking Defence Exposes Flawed Drug Driving Regime
The court dismissed a drug driving charge on the basis that the THC in the driver’s system was derived from second-hand cannabis smoke.
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