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Why there should be no room in the law for celebrants to discriminate on same-sex marriage

<b>By Becky Batagol</b><i>Celebrants should not be free to discriminate against couples who ask them to perform a marriage ceremony.</i> <i> <br>AAP/Alan Porritt</i>The …

LGBTQ

The damage of psychological abuse

The scourge of domestic violence has come to the fore of the nation's consciousness in recent times, thanks to the work of tireless campaigners such …

Australian Universities

AI-Powered Legal Assistant Finds ‘Trusted’ Lawyers, Answers Legal Questions

A new virtual legal assistant, LARA, uses artificial intelligence and millions of data points to help consumers find legal help and get answers to …

Chatbots

We’re Sick of Racism, Literally

Estifanos Zerai-Misgun, a black Brookline, Mass., police officer, pulled up in an unmarked car and greeted his superior, a white lieutenant. He wasn’t prepared for the response by the lieutenant, who said, as he gestured at the vehicle, “Who would put a black man behind one of these?”<p>“I was …

Discrimination

'Disturbing on many levels': Royal Commission into youth detention hands down final report

The Royal Commission into children in detention in the Northern Territory says the financial costs are "staggering" and its final report to be …

Indigenous Peoples

Royal commission: NT's Don Dale youth detention centre should be closed, report recommends

Darwin's Don Dale youth detention centre and high security unit should be shut immediately, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of …

Australian Labor Party

Aussie businesses to take the rap for their algorithms' actions

Businesses pursuing artificial intelligence and deep learning projects are ultimately responsible for the actions of their algorithms, the ACCC has …

Machine Learning

High Court rules that a 'pre-nup' was unfair

<b>Damien Carrick</b>: Hello, welcome to the <i>Law Report</i>, Damien Carrick with you.<p>Later, why has President Trump declared opioid addiction to be a national …

Family Law (UK)

Former Don Dale detainee determined to show young offenders can change

Troubled young people can turn their lives around, according to the teenager who helped alert the world to abuse in the Northern Territory detention …

Northern Territory

Decay, despair, defiance: inside the Manus Island refugee camp

Special report: Abandoned by Australia, the men in the former detention centre survive on smuggled rations and scant light<p>Darkness descends quickly upon the Manus Island detention centre, and it is very nearly absolute. But from the shadows comes a solitary blinking light.<p>By the glow of his phone, …

Refugees

The Sentencing Advisory Council

On 10 November, the Sentencing Advisory Council released an issues paper and an online survey seeking stakeholder and community views on the creation …

Criminal Sentencing

Sins of omission – should Catholic confession always be confidential?

Australian law may soon require priests to break the confidentiality of the confessional and report anything they hear about sexual abuse. Would it simply bring the practice into line with therapy or does it pose a mortal threat to a cherished sacrament?<p>There’s a story that is sometimes told, in …

Religion

Demographic Differences in Sentencing

Summary<p><i>(Published November 14, 2017)</i> For this report and in its prior two reports (see below), the Commission used multivariate regression analyses …

Prison

Children charged with needing protection call for apology

Nell Butler was 13 years old in 1989 when she was repeatedly sexually abused after fleeing family violence.<p>When she reported her rape to the police, …

Justice

NT Government 'preferring to lock kids up' than fix youth detention: BushMob boss

There are fewer residential youth rehabilitation programs in the Northern Territory operating today than there were before the royal commission into …

Northern Territory

'Couldn't pay $300 rent when my pension's $280': Growing number of elderly facing homelessness

After falling into debt 30 years ago, Lee Blake, 81, was forced to sell her home and has been living on and off the streets ever since.<p>Unable to …

Housing

Prominent Victorian Judge To Lead Corruption Agency

One of Victoria’s most eminent and well-respected jurists has been appointed to head the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission …

Corruption

Why Can't Addicts Just Quit?

In some cities, heroin addicts have access to treatment, but many are still using. Now, Seattle is poised to open a safe-injection facility for those who just can’t stop. So why can’t they?<p>SEATTLE—Mere blocks from the tourists swarming Pike Place Market, Stacy Lenny pointed out the tradecraft of …

Medicine

Digital pill that tracks when patients take their medication approved in US

For the first time health authorities have approved a drug with a tiny digestible sensor that tracks whether patients have taken their pills.<p>The US …

Digital Health

Plan to drug test welfare recipients in doubt after NXT vow to oppose it

Crossbenchers’ decision makes the bill’s passage through Senate difficult and puts the Coalition’s broader overhaul of the welfare system under a cloud<p>The Nick Xenophon Team will refuse to support the government’s plans to drug test welfare recipients, throwing a broader overhaul of the welfare …

Basic Income

DNA bungle victim to get compensation

Alan Stephen Staines was sentenced to an 18-month suspended prison term in 2005 after pleading guilty to the burglary charge on the advice of his …

Crime

Media releases, Child Abuse Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will sit on 14 December to publicly mark the conclusion of the five-year long …

Royal Family

From lawyer to CEO by 25

Morgan Koegel knew she wanted to be a lawyer from the age of seven. But a couple of years after graduating, she turned her focus to education and …

Education

The tyranny of a lawyer’s personal brand

more from lawyers weekly<p>06:00<p>A Victorian barrister, who has acted in a number of state coronial inquests during her two decades i...<p>Nov 10 2017<p>A …

Judiciary

Associate Director, Criminal Law | Melbourne - CBD

• <b>Exciting new leadership opportunity focussed on strategic planning and major reform</b>• <b><br>Full time ongoing position based in Melbourne CBD</b>• <b><br>Salary</b> …

Melbourne

The Podcast • Prima Facie

Prima Facie is a fortnightly law & order podcast, hosted by an actual real life ex Victoria Police officer and an actual real life lawyer.<p>Both hosts …

Podcasting

Cool Links for Legal Students

In the course of our work at the Institute we frequently come across interesting sources of information about legal issues that are helpful for …

Judiciary

Why are rates of domestic violence in Australia still so high?

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released this week as part of the Personal Safety Study (PSS) reveals 16% of Australian women have …

Domestic Violence

Courts claim success for ‘digital sentencing’ of fare dodgers

Courts Service says pilot with Transport for London has led to faster processing times and more pleas than for paper based process

DRM