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Farmer jailed over fatal shooting of man after tripping on eggplant

A Victorian farmer who said he tripped on an eggplant and accidentally shot and killed a man has been sentenced to five years' jail.<p>David Calandro …

Crime

A new way to work

“If you allow people to work within the confines and the contexts that best suit them, you’re going to be able to get the most out of those …

The Workplace

Prison does profound harm to mothers and their children – even after sentences of a few weeks

When Michelle, a mother of two-year-old twins, was sentenced to nine weeks in prison for benefit fraud, she said “everything changed” between her and …

Crime

Universities Australia tells members to act on sexual assault on campus

Universities have been told to improve the way they deal with sexual assault on campuses after a damning report found only 4% of students believed their university was doing enough to provide support for victims.<p>On Friday Universities Australia released a set of 12 guidelines aimed at helping …

Human Rights

ACT justice reinvestment trial extended after strong results

Of the 18 places in total in the Yarrabi Bamirr program, 13 are taken by Aboriginal women.<p>Justice and Community Safety Directorate manager strategic …

Indigenous Peoples

Religion and human rights

• Frank Brennan<br>• 19 July 2018<p>2018 Castan Centre Human Rights Conference, Federation Square, Melbourne, 20 July 2018. Listen<p>I acknowledge the Traditional …

Same-sex Marriage

Melbourne's first pop-up homeless shelter launched to tackle housing affordability crisis

At the height of her good fortune, while the tip of a Chesterfield cigarette still burned brightly between her fingertips, Maryanne Van Arkadie had …

Homelessness

The Future Of: Law Justice

“The Future Of…” series asks a variety of UOW experts and researchers the same five questions, to provide insight into the potential future states of …

Crime

Chief Justice Wayne Martin laments 'serious' shortage of women at the top of law

Western Australia's Chief Justice, Wayne Martin, swore in a batch of new lawyers this week. Of the 19 admitted to practice, 16 were women. It made …

Social Media

Bureaucratising disability

Back in the day, before the National Disability Insurance Scheme arrived in our area, my son was supported by the community mental health system – a …

Mental Health

National redress scheme may reject abuse survivors with criminal records

He suffered what the royal commission described in its final report as "the greatest of personal violations".<p>In the 1960s, Donald (not his real name) …

Child Abuse

'Good Samaritan' chased by debt collectors after calling ambulance for man hit by car

A good Samaritan who called an ambulance after a man was hit by a car is angry that her private details were forwarded to a debt collection firm …

Bicycle Commuting

Action on Aboriginal cultural rights in youth justice can’t wait: report

Aboriginal cultural rights in youth justice centres calls on the Department of Justice and Regulation to prioritise 'the promotion of Aboriginal …

Human Rights

Mental health bodies recommend ‘opt out’

Australians with mental illnesses have been warned to consider opting out of the government’s My Health Record, over fears they will be discriminated …

Mental Health

Australia may launch class action against Facebook

Facebook has come under fire over the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw the personal data of 87 million users being harvested through an online …

Cambridge Analytica

Study explores lives of women killed by partners

Most Australian women who become homicide victims are killed by current or former intimate partners and a new Griffith University study aims to find …

Australian Universities

Sex Offender Registration Exemption Order

<i>Written by Josh Taaffe, Partner, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers.</i><p>Being on the register makes it near impossible to imagine where I’ll be in the …

Crime

Victim compensation not for emotional abuse, intimidation, Tasmanian Govt to argue

The Tasmanian Government is to argue that those who suffer emotional abuse and intimidation - rather than physical violence - should not be eligible …

Sociology

Artificial Intelligence and the law

<b>By Kate Lowry</b><p><b>As Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are increasingly used in legal practice, it is important to understand what that means in</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Guard asked if extra sedation would be used on David Dungay, inquest told

A prison guard sought extra sedation for the cell transfer of David Dungay because he was worried about the “security of the centre”, despite the procedure being expected to take only a few minutes.<p>The guard, referred to as Officer G for legal reasons, told an inquest into Dungay’s death that he …

Mental Disorders

Annual Prisoner Statistical Profile 2006-07 to 2016-17

Corrections Victoria Annual Prisoner Statistical Profile 2006-07 to 2016-17 presents the statistical profile of prisoners held in Victoria's prisons …

U.S. Department of Justice

Going to Court

At any stage during the prosecution process, hearings may be adjourned to another day. This can happen for a range of reasons. The police informant, …

Judiciary

Why Australians' religious freedom is worth protecting

The government is expected to release the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and its response later this month. Already, influential Liberal …

Religion

Salary Report 2018

Each year Taylor Root write of the disparity between the short supply of lawyers and the ever- increasing demand for their services. In that respect, …

Financial Services

African gang beat-up plays us all for mugs

Through last week's Sunday Night report on Channel 7, we were treated to another round of fear mongering. Never mind that just last year police …

Elections

Unlimited paid annual leave seems tempting, but is it a gimmick or good business?

Paid annual leave is one of the best perks of ongoing full-time work, but most people are restricted to four weeks a year.<p>You save it up, ration it …

The Workplace

My Health Record: the case for opting out

<i>The My Health Record (MHR) opt-out period begins today and you have until October 15 to decide whether or not to be part of the scheme. You can read</i> …

Digital Health

Vital legal help for people on temporary work visas

Tuesday, 17 July 2018<p>A new program has been developed that will help protect temporary visa workers across Victoria from exploitation.<p>The Victorian …

Immigration

Child Protection Changes to Impact Charities and NFPs | PBA

Changes to child protection legislation in wake of the child sexual abuse royal commission will impact the way charities and not for profits deal …

Child Abuse