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David Eastman to Sue Over Wrongful Murder Conviction

by Paul Gregoire
An ACT Supreme Court jury found David Eastman not guilty last November of the assassination-style killing of AFP assistant commissioner Colin Winchester. The police officer was gunned down as he was getting out of his car in the Canberra suburb...

Mentally Ill Man Dies After Being Repeatedly Tasered by NSW Police

by Sonia Hickey
30-year old Jack Kokua walked out of Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital in Sydney shortly before 1pm on 18 February 2018. Forty minutes later, he was tasered three times in less than two minutes during an altercation with police, before...

George Pell’s Last Bid for Freedom

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Making the deadline by just one day, lawyers for George Pell have filed an application for ‘special leave’ (permission) to appeal to the High Court of Australia, seeking to persuade the court there are legal grounds to hear the appeal...

Class Action Brought Over Robodebt

by Sonia Hickey
It may well turn out to be the lawsuit of the year: A class action brought against the Federal Government over Centrelink robodebt. The class action, which will be launched in the High Court of Australia, was announced today by...

Man Awarded $400k for Police Brutality

by Sonia Hickey
Eathan Cruse has been awarded $400,000 after police entered his parents’ home, tied his hands behind his back with cable ties and bashed him repeatedly before slamming him into a fridge. As usual, taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill –...

Dozens Charged with Participating in a Criminal Group

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Dozens of people have been arrested and charged by police for participating in a criminal group, many of whom are parents with young children with no prior criminal record. Almost 40 people have been arrested in the Western and South...

In Defence of Country: An Interview With Wangan and Jagalingou Council’s Adrian Burragubba

by Paul Gregoire
The Queensland government on 29 August quietly extinguished native title over 1,385 hectares of Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) land and granted Adani freehold title over it, enabling the Indian mining giant to proceed with construction on its proposed Carmichael coalmine....

The Current “Extraordinary Emergency” Justifies Breaking the Law

by Paul Gregoire
The 6 August marked Rebellion Day in Meanjin-Brisbane. The day of action saw Extinction Rebellion activists shutdown four key city intersections to protest against government inaction on the climate emergency. And for their trouble, around 90 protesters were arrested by...

Space: The New Legal Frontier

by Zeb Holmes
It’s unlikely any of us will be a defendant or complainant in a crime allegedly committed outside the earth anytime soon. However, a recent United States case triggered discussion about how such matter might be dealt with in the future....

Law Firms Can Sack Lawyers who Criticise Clients

by Sonia Hickey
A Federal Court has ruled that a law firm was entitled to sack an employee who criticised government clients, by advocating for the rights of veterans who had suffered sexual and physical abuse. The lawyer, Gary Rumble, was dismissed in...
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