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As NZ Legalises Pill Testing Permanently, Australian MPs Watch the Death Toll Rise

by Paul Gregoire
New Zealand health minister Andrew Little announced on 9 April that the 12-month-long interim laws permitting legal pill testing at festivals will be made permanent prior to their expiration, as the services have been making a positive impact. Passed in...

Holgate’s Demonisation Was Due to Her Resistance to Privatisation, Not Watches

by Paul Gregoire
Continuing their get-rich-quick-and-damn-the-future approach to governance, Morrison and Co have been considering selling off Australia Post. And it appears that the PM’s shaming of former CEO Christine Holgate over Cartier watches may have actually been about her resistance to privatisation....

NSW Police Stations to Get Specialist Domestic Violence Workers

by Sonia Hickey
Specialists in domestic violence offences will be onsite at a handful of New South Wales Police Stations under a new trial, recommended by the Domestic Violence Death Review Team (DVDRT). This DVDRT is an expert group set up to examine...

Victoria Gives Overseas Arrivals the Right to Appeal Hotel Quarantine

by Sonia Hickey
The Victorian government is in the process of recruiting a team of experienced lawyers who will act as ‘detention review officers’, assessing applications for anyone wishing to avoid hotel quarantine. Under revised legislation, the Secretary of the Health Department must...

The Unholy Alliance Between Latham and Berejiklian Endangers Our Diverse Society

by Paul Gregoire
NSW One Nation Leader Mark Latham’s 8 May 2019 maiden speech in the NSW Legislative Council begins fairly innocuously. He rattles off the usual belief in “a fair go”, acknowledges the value the upper house has in state parliament, and...

Tony Mokbel’s Drug Importation Charge Withdrawn

by Sonia Hickey
The fallout from the Lawyer X scandal continues in Victoria, with the Court of Appeal ordering a retrial for underworld kingpin Tony Mokbel despite him being acquitted last year. The back story Mr Mokbel was on bail during his jury...

“A Sword and Not a Shield”: Professor Simon Rice on Latham’s Religious Freedom Laws

by Paul Gregoire
That people should not be discriminated against because of their religious beliefs is something that a majority living within our secular society would agree upon. Indeed, persecuting someone because of adherence to a particular faith is akin to discrimination on...

The Law, Penalties and Defences for Aggravated Sexual Assault in Company

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A jury in Downing Centre District Court has heard that a then-19 year old woman felt “dead inside” when NRL payers Jack de Belin and Callan Sinclair allegedly forced her to have sexual intercourse in the early hours of 9...

Morrison’s Public Humiliation of Former Aust Post CEO: Yet Another Example of Misogynistic Leadership

by Sonia Hickey
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s handling of the Cartier Watches saga at Australia Post, in particular his treatment of former CEO Christine Holgate, has exposed the ‘toxic boys club’ within the country’s leadership. The PM is currently trying to distance himself...

“They Say Accident, We Say Murder”: 474 First Nations Custodial Death 30 Years On

by Paul Gregoire
“This shows how our government facilities and systems will treat you if your skin colour is black,” declared Dunghutti activist Paul Silva at the 10 April Stop All Black Deaths in Custody Rally in Sydney. “They thrive on systematic racism...
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