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Let's stick to the fundamentals in child and youth crime

The Youth Justice Reform Bill<p>As Victoria’s children’s commissioners, we thought it well established and accepted in this state that we need a …

Justice

Kill bill: company lawyers want firms to ditch billing by the hour

Company lawyers are increasingly innovating and want law firms to kill outdated time-based billing models, according to an extensive biennial survey …

Victoria Police cancel hundreds of speeding tickets after WannaCry virus attack

Victoria Police has taken the extraordinary step of immediately cancelling all fines issued by speed and red-light cameras hit by a computer …

NHS

Would Peter Dutton pass his own citizenship test?

In a new bill proposed to parliament, Dutton could play judge, jury and executioner in citizenship matters.

When mum goes to prison

More women are entering Australian prisons than ever before. When they're also mothers, the consequences for families can be devastating.<p>Marree is …

Prison

Slavery fact of life in Australia: inquiry

It's estimated modern-day slavery affects more than 4000 people in Australia, a federal parliamentary inquiry has been told.<p>The figures were …

What it's like to be homeless and have a mental illness

"When towns are your rooms and streets are your furniture, you feel like an extraterrestrial moving between people, rather than with people," says …

Restricting bail and parole for those with terror links is no cure-all

Earlier this month, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed that the states and territories should enact new anti-terrorism laws. This …

‘The dream of our ancestors’: Victorian bill gives Indigenous owners custodianship of Yarra

First legislation to go before state’s parliament with a dual Indigenous language title designed to give Wurundjeri people a voice in decisions around the river<p>Wrapped in a possum-skin shawl, Wurundjeri elder Alice Kolasa stood at the dispatch box on the floor of the Victorian parliament and read …

Australia

Pedestrians

At pedestrian & children's crossings Show more<p>Pedestrian crossings<p>When travelling towards a pedestrian crossing, you must drive at a speed so that …

NDIS struggling to meet workforce growth targets: report

onJune 22, 2017 in Community Care Review 1<p>The National Disability Insurance Scheme is unlikely to have enough providers and workers to deliver the …

Coalition ministers will not face contempt charges after court accepts apology

Chief justice Marilyn Warren says there was a strong prima facie case against Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge and Michael Sukkar, but accepts apology<p>Three federal ministers who criticised the highest court in Victoria during an active terrorism appeal will not be charged with contempt of court, despite the …

World News

Prohibition didn't work for alcohol and it's failing for marijuana

Decriminalising marijuana would be a small step and free up resources that could be put to better use elsewhere. So where’s the push for legalisation?<p>Why haven’t we legalised marijuana already? It’s a question brought to mind after reading Fairfax crime writer John Sylvester’s recent report on …

Cannabis

A Federal Court Asks Jurors to Confront Their Hidden Biases

Filed 10:00 p.m.<p>06.21.2017<p>News<p>But is a novel video tutorial the best way? The jury is still out.<p>There’s something of a formula to the first morning …

Could long-distance bullies in Australia face up to 20 years in jail for encouraging suicide?

In a rare decision, a young woman who encouraged another teenager to kill himself has been found guilty of manslaughter. A Massachusetts judge found …

Crime

Football club that ‘saved’ disconnected refugees needs fundraising win

After Zakarya Shojaie made it to Australia, he established the Afghan Victory Football Club to give fellow refugees a place to come together<p>When Zakarya Shojaie was released from immigration detention in 2012, he went straight to Dandenong.<p>“I had a friend in the detention centre, he said he heard …

Refugees

We urge action on inquiry findings into 'robo debt'

Thursday, 22 June 2017<p>We are urging the Commonwealth Government to implement the findings of a Senate Committee report into Centrelink’s …

Christian Porter defiant on Centrelink's 'robodebt' flaws: 'This is not a matter for apology'

Social services minister says debt recovery system criticised in Senate inquiry is tackling ‘a massive amount of overpayments’ to claimants<p>The social services minister, Christian Porter, has refused to apologise for Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system, after a Senate inquiry found it had …

Malcolm Turnbull

National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 2016 key findings

Health Care (Australia)

Homelessness has many faces

6 Comments <br>Danusia Kaska | 19 June 2017<p><b>The first thing I noticed was his Mercedes. It was only when he got closer that I realised he was also wearing</b> …

First Nations

Fathers who use violence

In situations of domestic and family violence, non-offending parents (mainly but not exclusively mothers) are not always in a position to separate …

Child Protection

Drug-Testing Welfare Recipients: A Trend with No Traction

In the last few days there's been a lot of national attention paid to legislation introduced in over 20 states proposing drug testing applicants and …

ACLU

Inside this prison, the most difficult inmates mentor the most vulnerable

Matthew Taylor is the first to admit he wasn't a model prisoner during his time behind bars at Canberra's Alexander Maconochie Centre."I was getting …

New Child Support pay system a dog, say public servants

The long-awaited new payment system for Australia's $3 billion child support program has run into trouble almost immediately after its launch, with …

Health Care

Code of Silence

One day in early January, a letter appeared on my desk marked DIN92A5501, an inmate’s identification number from the Eastern Correctional Facility in …

Pew Analysis Finds No Relationship Between Drug Imprisonment and Drug Problems

On June 19, 2017, The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted a letter to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, …

Senate inquiry calls for Centrelink robo-debt system to be suspended until fixed

Senate inquiry report, released on Wednesday night, recommends all debts calculated under flawed model be re-assessed and system be redesigned<p>A Senate inquiry has called for Centrelink’s controversial automated debt recovery system to be suspended until its many flaws can be resolved.<p>The inquiry …

Government

Report – Parliament of Australia

Design, scope, cost-benefit analysis, contracts awarded and implementation associated with the Better Management of the Social Welfare System …

Surveillance

The determinants of trial duration: a preliminary study

Resource Type: Research reportCreator/Contributor: • Wai-Yin Wan<br>• Don Weatherburn<br>Upload File: The determinants of trial duration: a preliminary study — …

Research

Blueprint for Australia’s Response to Global Refugee Crisis | PBA

More than 42,000 Australians have backed a blueprint on how Australia should best respond to the global refugee crisis as “shocking” new figures …

Refugees