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Questions over social housing plan in Victoria and research into social drug suppliers

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Victoria is rebuilding its public housing, but could existing public housing tenants become worse off? And new research explores what we know about small time 'social' drug dealers and raises questions about how the law should deal with them.

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Law Report 9th October 2018

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Anti-abortion protesters face High Court. US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sworn in.

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Law Report 10th October 2018

Tue, 02 Oct 2018 17:46:00 +1000

Families of victims in the 911 attacks and crash of flight MH17 are pursuing legal action over their deaths.

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Should dead men become fathers?

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 18:07:03 +1000

In the age of Artificial Reproductive Technology extracting sperm from dead men is possible, and it happens more often than you think.

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Alan Jones defamation ruling. And why XX won't face a re-trial for murder

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Radio broadcaster Alan Jones has been ordered to pay damages of 3.7 million dollars for defaming the Wagner brothers And the High Court of Australia allowed the use of previously recorded evidence involving a man known as Dennis Bauer convicted of multiple child sex offences and in NSW, the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal appeal refused to re-try a man for murder of three indigenous children, saying there wasn't sufficient 'fresh and compelling evidence' to overturn the principle of double jeopardy.

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Calls for transparency around the use of solitary confinement in Victorian prisons

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:30:00 +1000

The Jesuit Social Services report, All Alone - Young Adults in the Victorian Justice System, calls for radical reforms around the use of solitary confinement.

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Economic abuse in violent relationships

Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:30:00 +1000

A collaboration between a Victorian community legal centre and a family violence support service addresses the financial fall-out that often comes when escaping a violent relationship.

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MP Peter Dutton's parliamentary eligibility; The Justice Project Final Report; The first Chinese-Australian barrister

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Analysis of Peter Dutton's parliamentary eligibility under Section 44(v), some of the recommendations of the Law Council's Justice Project Final Report and the first Chinese-Australian barrister

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Electronic monitoring in the criminal justice system

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 17:30:00 +1000

In Australia around 1,000 people are wearing electronic monitoring ankle bracelets as a condition of either parole, bail, home detention or extended supervision orders. Do they deter further crimes and how reliable is the technology?

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Is it possible to be hired or fired without any human interaction? Meet the man who was fired by an automated system.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Meet the man fired by an automated system.

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South Australia's workers compensation legislation treats psychiatric and physical injuries very differently. Also a look at the latest Currency Press Platform Paper on the welfare of performance artists

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Workers compensation for psychiatric injuries in South Australia. Performance artists, the ultimate gig economy workers.

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Balancing freedom of religion and freedom from religion

Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Edited highlights of an expert panel debating whether our laws strong enough to protect people who hold sincere religious beliefs.

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NSW Supreme Court decision on Colleen McCullough's estate; What follows Malaysia's miracle moment?

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 17:30:00 +1000

NSW Supreme Court judge rules that popular Australian author Colleen McCullough's estate belongs to widower. And Malaysian civil and women's rights activist Ivy Josiah on building robust institutions following the landslide victory of former strongman, now reformist leader, Mahathir Mohamad.

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Facebook faces potential Australian law suit over data breach

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:30:00 +1000

There have been reports social media network Facebook is facing multiple lawsuits on behalf of users whose personal data was improperly leaked to Cambridge Analytica. Its next legal challenge could take place here in Australia.

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Who’s responsible when someone dies at work? A senate inquiry is looking at the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia.

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:30:00 +1000

How does the law prevent deaths at work?

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Crop Houses and stopping the cycle of drug addiction and offending

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Cannabis grow house syndicates are rampant across Australia. And former addicts helping to break the cycle of drug addiction and drug related crime.

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Canadian university loses right to open law school and Portugal's policy on drugs and addiction

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Freedom of religion versus equal rights is tested in the Canadian and US Supreme Courts, and Portugal's unique approach to drug addiction.

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Two important decisions on defamation. Getting into rough legal waters on holiday cruises

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Australian courts have ruled on two prominent defamation cases, Rebel Wilson v Bauer and Milorad Trkulja v Google. And what laws apply if something goes wrong when travelling on a holiday cruise in international waters?

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Tips for Beauty salons to support clients who experience family violence; Victorian Supreme Court responds to legal costs blowout

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:30:00 +1000

An innovative program HaiR-3R's aims to help hairdressers recognise and support Victorian clients who may be experiencing family violence. Also on the program, what is a reasonable legal fee in a relatively straightforward wills and estate case? A Victorian Supreme Court Judge had some strong words to say in a dispute about lawyers costs.

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When can authorities seize your mobile device?

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Can Border Patrol demand your mobile devices at an airport without a warrant? In the US, this question may go to the Supreme Court, but in Australia, the laws are very clear. And what powers do police have to search and seize on suburban streets?

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Inside the Jury Room part four: Juror misbehaviour

Tue, 29 May 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Jurors can misbehave, threatening the right to a fair trial in many ways: Google searches; social media rants, contacting an accused, visiting a crime scene, even playing Sudoku in the jury box. How do we convince jurors to follow the rules?

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Inside the Jury Room part three: Juror bias

Tue, 22 May 2018 17:30:00 +1000

When juries retire to the deliberation room, should they leave all of their personal beliefs and prejudices at the door? And is this even possible?

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Inside the Jury Room part two: Juror stress

Tue, 15 May 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Hearing and seeing gruesome evidence in criminal trials can take a terrible toll on jurors, sometimes leading to stress and trauma. What harm can juror stress then cause trials? And what can we do to minimise its impact?

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Inside the Jury Room part one: The Ouija board jurors

Tue, 08 May 2018 17:30:00 +1000

It’s the most notorious case ever of jury misbehaviour. In the 1994 double murder trial of Stephen Young, drunk jurors used a Ouija board to ask the murder victims, "who killed you?". But is there more to this story than just hapless, irresponsible jurors?

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Extradition processes in the 21st century and Victoria parliament soon to debate treaty advancing legislation

Tue, 01 May 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Victoria introduces legislation to enable treaty negotiations. Do extradition laws need to evolve?

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Over-medication in aged care and blockchain contracts

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Examining the laws governing the use of anti-psychotic and other drugs to sedate residents in aged-care facilities in the US and Australia. And smart contracts are an emerging area of the law, but exactly what are they and what happens if they go rogue?

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Space law in the 21st century

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Corporations, as well as nations are venturing into space for satellite technology, mining even tourism. Are the laws created over fifty years ago up to speed in this new space race?

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Commonwealth Redress Scheme restrictions and South African jailed for racist tirade

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Why will some survivors of institutional sexual abuse be locked out of the Commonwealth Redress Scheme? And when using a really offensive word in South Africa multiple times lands you in jail.

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Anne Buist on writing her life's work

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Perinatal psychiatrist Anne Buist is a women's mental health advocate and expert witness who works with protective services, and as an expert witness in the courts, in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. She is also a novelist who explores many of the darker aspects of her work in fiction.

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Seeking compensation for family violence and chat bot wills

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 17:30:00 +1100

There are a number of avenues for those seeking compensation for family violence including the civil courts but at least one state, a mechanism for assisting survivors with compensation has come under criticism. And a South Australian law firm is selling chatbot generated wills for $150. How different is it from the will kits purchased from a newsagency, what are the safeguards and is it a way of providing a much needed service in remote communities?

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Defamation in Australia and modern warfare and challenges for IHL

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30:00 +1100

A study finds that that the rich and famous are not the your usual plaintiffs when it comes to defamation cases. Nor are media companies the usual suspects when it comes to defending defamation claims. And in a time of conflict, defining what constitutes a cyber attack, a potential act of war, is tricky. So is international humanitarian law keeping up with the new battlefields of the 21st century?

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Debt and road tolls: the dilemma and solutions

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Toll fines are one of the major issues dealt with in Victorian and Queensland courts, with some debts as high as $200,000. Why are such massive debts accrued and what can be done about it?

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Do the walls have ears? Smart devices, privacy and the law

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:30:00 +1100

The Internet of Things are those objects that are connected to the web, such as home appliances, fitness or health devices, even some toys. But there is a dark side to this clever connectivity and data collection.

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ACT's unique approach to Family Violence Orders

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

In the ACT, mediation is mandatory if you are seeking a permanent order to keep a violent ex partner away. How does it work and how successful is this unique system?

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Neighbourhood tree disputes and the law

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Disputes between neighbours over trees are as common as they are personal, and can get so bad that some property owners sell up to avoid conflict.

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Damning report on treatment of prisoners with disabilities; The 'slayer rule' and elder abuse

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Human Rights Watch reports that prisoners with disabilities in Queensland and WA are particularly at risk of neglect and abuse. Also on the program, could an expanded American style 'slayer law', be a way to deter elder abuse?

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Federal court declares 'Dr Droop' bankrupt; Jewish divorce, the complicated nexus between religious and secular law

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

After mulitiple run ins with regulators, the man behind the 'bonk longer' billboards has been declared bankrupt. And Gett recalcitrance, that's when a Jewish marriage falls apart and one spouse refuses to grant a religious divorce.

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Lloyd Rayney's defamation win and an alternative to medical negligence litigation

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

It's the second largest defamation damages payout in Australia. Why did the WA Supreme Court award Lloyd Rayney $2.6 million? Also, 'open disclosure', an alternative to costly and stressful medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Australia and early settler law

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

From the capital offence of stealing food to property rights and cases involving swine, an insight into how the First Fleeters managed to create what is now considered 'the land of the fair go'.

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Australia's first school lawyer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Meet the first in-house school lawyer in Australia. Vincent Shin provides legal advice to students and their families who attend a Victorian school.

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Health Justice Partnerships

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Health Justice Partnerships provide legal help to hospital patients. We look at the collaboration between three major hospitals and Inner Melbourne Community Legal.

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South Australia's Gambling Court

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

A visit to the first court in Australia to deal with criminal offenders with a gambling addiction.

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A civics education

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

A tour of Canberra exploring Australian democracy with St Kilda Primary School grade six students.

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Restorative Justice

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Only a small percentage of sexual assaults are reported to police and only a small percentage lead to a conviction. The South East Centre Against Sexual Assault is addressing the needs of survivors in a different way.

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Questions over Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional sexual abuse

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

There are concerns that the Commonwealth Redress Scheme, one of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, will never get off the ground.

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US Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop case, Australia's Family Court rules on children seeking gender reassignment and celebraties and defamation law

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

In this program, the US Supreme Court hears arguments for and against a baker refusing to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. Also, The Family Court rules that Transgender children no longer need a judge's for permission to have irreversible medical treatment, and in light of the allegations about Don Burke's inappropriate behavior over many, many years, we ask are Australia's defamation laws too restrictive?

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Sentencing models in the UK and Australia

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Sentencing is a complex and controversial area, where there are constant debates over how best to ensure transparency and consistancy. What models best help judges make informed decisions?

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Australia's prescription opioid crisis

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Overdose deaths from prescription pharmaceuticals now outstrip overdose deaths from heroin. But just who is getting addicted to prescription opioids — and what can be done?

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HCA rules on prenup and US Opioid crisis

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

The High Court of Australia unanimously agreed that a pre-nup signed between a Gold Coast Property developer and his fiancee was not fair or reasonable. And in 2016, 60,000 American deaths are linked to opoids. What are the regulations and policies to tackle the crisis?

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Acquired Brain Injury and the criminal justice system

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Hear first hand experiences from former prisoners living with ABI. They are part of a project advocating for people Acquired Brain Injuries, a group who are massively over-represented in the criminal justice system.

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