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Change the story: how Victoria is tackling 'institutional racism' in child protection

Twenty years after the Bringing Them Home report, state commissioner Andrew Jackomos says it can’t be right that 91% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care in Victoria are still placed with non-Indigenous families<p>• ‘Unfinished business’ of stolen generations puts more children at …

Aboriginal Australians

Exploring the connection between politics, technology and the law

<i>JD student Danielle El-Hajj has seen first-hand the lingering effect that armed conflict can have on people’s lives. When given the opportunity</i> …

Australian Universities

Vic government urged to consider spent convictions scheme

LIV has backed recommendations for Victoria to introduce a spent convictions scheme in line with other states.<p>The practical effect of a spent …

Justice

Victoria Legal Aid welcomes the government's responses to the Access to Justice Review

Tuesday, 23 May 2017<p>We welcome the State Government’s responses to recommendations in the Access to Justice Review, announced today.<p>The announcement …

Surveillance

Major Investment To Improve Access To Justice

Disadvantaged Victorians will have better access to legal advice, support and information, thanks to a $34.7 million injection from the Andrews Labor …

Dispute Resolution

'He wants them to fail': Lawyers furious over Peter Dutton's 'fake refugees' deadline

Refugee lawyers are furious over what they are calling a breach of faith from the Turnbull government in its new deadline for boat arrivals to lodge …

Refugees

New laws make intimate images abuse a crime

Sunday, 21 May 2017<p>People who record or share intimate images without consent could be jailed for up to three years and fined as much as $11,000 …

Rights & Freedoms

Immigration department admits shots fired at Manus Island refugees and staff – politics live

Department secretary tells Senate estimates more than one weapon fired during Good Friday incident as Coalition begins fight for the 2017 budget. Follow developments live ...

Referendums

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics<p>Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the …

Censorship

Can jury trials still be fair in the age of social media?

Jurors running their own criminal investigations using the internet and social media is increasingly risking Australians' right to a fair trial, two …

Civil Rights

How top cops manage and massage the news

It was a good Thursday in the Australian Federal Police. A morning array of raids netted a number of folk accused of systematic fraud on the Tax …

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More than 110,000 fines issued to motorists using a mobile phone in three years

Risk-taking motorists have been hit with almost 113,000 fines for using a mobile phone while driving in Victoria in the past three years, clocking up …

Windows Phone

Site Works Start On New Secure Facility In Ararat

Site preparation works have begun on a new secure facility that will house serious sex and violent offenders to keep the community safe.<p>Minister for …

Construction

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Extra staff needed to fix NDIS problems, Labor says

People with disabilities are struggling to get answers from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Labor says, as it urges the Government …

Females in law have human rights at heart

Human rights lawyer Ruth Barson speaks about Barwon and Indigenous deaths in custody

Rights & Freedoms

Queensland's virtual court where public decides penalty

Supreme Court judge hopes site will counter misconceptions that the system is dysfunctional

Brisbane

'You name it, Monique's gone through it': Saved from a life of chaos

<b> Photo:</b> Monique returned to Broadmeadows (ABC News: Margaret Burin) "We had nothing, literally nothing. We had — I can't even say the clothes on our …

Scale of surveillance in Manus Island detention centre laid bare

Exclusive: Secret papers seen by Guardian reveal intensive monitoring of refugees and asylum seekers, and an all-pervasive fear about outside eyes looking in<p>Within the Manus Island detention centre, everything is watched.<p>Guards stand over public and private spaces, CCTV monitors corridors and …

Refugees

Victoria Civil Society Calls For Urgent Rental Reform | PBA

Close to 50 Victorian community organisations have joined forces to send a clear message to the Andrews government to reform Victoria’s rental laws …

Housing

Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health'

Poll of 14- to 24-year-olds shows Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increased feelings of inadequacy and anxiety<p>Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health …

Mental Health

Q&A: Recognising Australia’s first peoples ... properly

Share selection to:<p>Australia will soon take an important step towards potentially recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in its …

Australia

Youth Crime, Youth Justice: Forum 2017 | The Sentencing Advisory Council

On 15 May 2017, host and Sentencing Advisory Council Chair Professor Arie Freiberg led a distinguished panel through the story of ‘Michael’, a …

Justice

New APS privacy code on the back of Centrelink robo debt

onMay 18, 2017 in Federal, Health & Social Services, ICT, Law, Sector, Security<p><b></b>Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim. Pic: …

Privacy

Can’t think of any female leaders in tech? It’s not because they don’t exist

There are Australian women who are technology superstars but their success stories aren’t known. We need to change this so they can become role models<p>If we want more women in tech, then we need more role models they can aspire to. This sounds relatively simple, but try and name 10 women who are …

Innovation

Self-harm, suicide and assaults: brutality on Manus revealed

Exclusive: Secret papers show 16 self-harm and suicide attempts in one week at Australia’s offshore detention centre<p>Confidential documents from inside Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island reveal bleak and brutal conditions inside, including persistently high rates of self-harm, …

Refugees

Open letter from academics supports calls for a Royal Commission into Violence Against People with Disability

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP<p>Prime Minister of Australia<p>PO Box 6022<br>House of Representatives<br>Parliament House<br>Canberra ACT 2600<p>Dear Prime Minister:<p><b>Royal</b> …

Disability

Don't Tell review – film about landmark child sexual abuse case plays the story too safe

Tori Garrett enlists Jack Thompson, Rachel Griffiths and Sara West to tell the story that sparked a royal commission<p>Litigation thrillers and courtroom dramas are not necessarily the same thing – and a movie encompassing both can do one better than the other.<p>Don’t Tell – debut director Tori …

Film (UK)

Govt likely to open face verification system to private sector

The federal government has signalled plans to open up Australia’s newly-released face verification system to the private sector in order to better …

Private Sector