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Reignited Calls for a Dubbo Rehabilitation Centre, Reflect a Wider Regional Issue

by Paul Gregoire
Dubbo Country Labor Deputy Mayor Stephen Lawrence has reinvigorated calls for the establishment of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the central western NSW town he represents, signalling an issue that’s symptomatic of many regional and rural areas in...

Coalition Continues Assault on Universities

by Paul Gregoire
Prime minister Scott Morrison and his Canberra cronies have taken the moment afforded by the COVID crisis to continue the Coalition’s long-term assault on universities, especially those departments that are producing academics that don’t toe the Liberal Party line. In...

Alternatives to Calling the Police in New South Wales

by Jarryd Bartle & Ugur Nedim
The police killing of George Floyd in the United States has led to protests across the globe calling for changes to policing – including an end to police brutality and the targeting of certain groups, as well as better training....

The Offence of Dishonestly Obtaining a Benefit By Deception in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Australian singer Guy Sebastian’s former manager has been charged with fraud, after allegedly dishonestly obtaining $1.15 million that should have been paid to the singer. Titus Day was recently arrested and charged with 61 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage...

COVID-19 Rules: Unfairness is Leading to Business Closures

by Sonia Hickey
As the nation reopens now that the immediate threat presented by COVID-19 has passed, most Australian businesses are finding themselves faced with a list of new rules and regulations they must comply with in order to minimise public transmission of...

New South Wales Opens the Nation’s Largest Prison

by Paul Gregoire
The largest prison in Australia was opened last week. Set amongst rural plains in the Lavadia region – 12.5 kilometres southeast of the northern NSW town of Grafton – the Clarence Correctional Centre will eventually allow the state to incarcerate...

Organisers Declare Sunday’s Black Deaths in Custody Rally Will Go Ahead

by Paul Gregoire
This Sunday’s Stop Black Deaths in Custody-Black Lives Matter rally will go ahead, organisers announced on Tuesday afternoon. The Warrang-Sydney event will have an emphasis on being COVID-19 compliant, as well as keeping it peaceful. Hosted by Justice for David...

NSW Police Officers Are Required to Meet Quotas

by Sonia Hickey
New South Wales Police Chief Mick Fuller has wasted no time in justifying his new annual salary, setting a goal for his force of officers to ‘detect’ almost 300,000 crimes across the state this year. The targets, obtained under freedom...

Lawyer Secretly Prosecuted for Exposing Crimes of Australian Government

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A decision in the ACT Supreme Court today (which was also a closed hearing) means that part of the trial of Former ACT Attorney-General Bernard Collaery will take place in secret. Mr Collaery and his former client, Witness K, a...

Freedom From Workplace Sexual Harassment “Is a Human Right”, Says Sydney Lawyer

by Paul Gregoire
A High Court-commissioned independent investigation into Dyson Heydon found that six former court staff members were sexually harassed by the former judge, who worked as a justice on the bench at Australia’s highest court for a decade ending in 2013....
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