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Escalation in Policing Is a Sign of What’s to Come in a Time of Austerity

by Paul Gregoire
Friday 25 September 2020 saw the Morrison government begin cutting back JobSeeker unemployment benefits. The increased rate provided to the escalating numbers of unemployed during the pandemic period is being reduced, as treasurer Josh Frydenberg attempts to starve people back...

Magistrate Blasts Criminal Cops, Awards Defendant $100k in Legal Costs

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A Downing Centre Local Court Magistrate has awarded NRL player Curtis Scott $100,000 in legal costs after the assault charges against him were withdrawn and dismissed, slamming police over their multiple assaults against the intoxicated man as he was asleep...

The Nation Will Pay for Morrison’s Attack on Universities

by Paul Gregoire
By cover of COVID, the Morrison government has been carrying out a sustained attack against Australian public universities, which has subsequently spurred on management at these institutions to commence its own series of cuts to higher education. The Coalition denied...

Biggest Ever Anti Money Laundering Payout, But No Executives Criminally Prosecuted

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Banking giant Westpac admitted this week that it systematically contravened anti money laundering and counter terrorism financing laws, and has been ordered to pay a fine of $1.3 billion – which is the biggest in Australia’s history. But many are...

Major NSW Parties Vote Down Law Against Sexual Predators in the Police Force

by Paul Gregoire
Released in June last year, The Broderick report found that women are currently underrepresented in leadership roles within the NSW Police Force, and high levels of sexism and sexual harassment within the organisation are hindering women being promoted to senior...

Sydney Uni Students Beat the Ban on Protests

by Paul Gregoire
After NSW police closed down three recent COVID safe Sydney University demonstrations, students and staff held another rally against staff cuts and fee hikes on 23 September 2020, in which they successfully overrode the unofficial protest ban to the point...

Sydney Criminal Lawyer Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Lawyers for a criminal defence lawyer in Sydney who is charged with aggravated sexual assault are fighting to keep the identity of their client and his law firm under wraps. The lawyers made an application before Magistrate Keady in Parramatta...

Victoria Plans to Lock Up Those Who Fail to Self Isolate

by Sonia Hickey
As Victorian Covid case numbers show a steady decline, and there’s hope on the horizon that lockdowns may ease, Victoria is planning to introduce legislation that would allow the detention of anyone who fails to self-isolate if they have tested...

“A Blatant Attempt to Repress Protests”: An Interview With Sydney Uni Arrestee Adam Adelpour

by Paul Gregoire
The NSW Liberals and ailing Nationals government announced on 17 September that in a fortnight’s time it would be allowing crowds of up to 40,000 people attend stadium events, as the owners of these venues have provided detailed COVID Safe...

Time to Repeal the Crime of Offensive Language

by Paul Gregoire
Members of the group these days known as Community Action for Rainbow Rights (CARR) staged a rally at Sydney’s Belmore Park in September 2015. The purpose of the action was to counter an anti-same sex marriage protest being held by...
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