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Vaccination Passports Are Coming
The Australian Federal Government intends to implement vaccination certificates or ‘vaccination passports’ as a requirement for international travel, though this may flow on to affect domestic travel, attendance at events or even shopping centres. How will they work and are they legal?
New Drink & Drug Driving Laws In Effect Across The State
At the start of this month, the Western Australian government’s newly legislated drink and drug driving offences came into effect. Here’s what you need to know.
How Much Force Can Police Officers Use During An Arrest?
A recent investigation by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) regarding an incident with a young offender and WA police has brought the use of 'chokeholds' by police when making arrests into the spotlight and what constitutes excessive force.
Western Australian Courts - The Backlog Crisis Continues
The pressure is mounting on the State Government to find solutions to the backlog in Western Australian courts, in particular, criminal trials. A range of options are being considered such as the use of technology which is important because there is a legal maxim that says, “Justice delayed is justice denied”.
Why Can’t The Murugappan Family Return To Biloela?
A Tamil Family has become the international face of Australia’s shameful treatment of asylum seekers. The family has been granted a temporary reprieve in Perth after being locked up on Christmas Island for two years, but their future still hangs in the balance as their legal battle to stay in Australia continues with the Federal Government.
Christian Porter vs the ABC - who won the defamation case?
The defamation law suit brought by the former Attorney General Christian Porter against the ABC has ended after a settlement was reached between the national broadcasting network and Christian Porter. It is understood that no financial payments were made to Mr Porter by the ABC. So what happened?
What does the conviction of Derek Chauvin mean for police reform in the US?
Last month former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty by a 12-member jury of second-and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd whose death sparked global riots against racial injustice and police brutality. Activists and advocates for “Black Lives Matter” have called the verdict a pivotal moment for…
Stop Locking Up Children! Calls to Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility
More than 70 organisations have endorsed a report which calls for the Western Australian Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Across Australia, including in WA, children as young as ten years of age can be held criminally responsible, meaning that children this age can currently be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to juvenile detention.
Cannabis Possession Laws: A Movement Toward Change
Cannabis law reform is taking time in Australia. In Western Australia, drug laws are tough though the Cannabis Intervention Requirement Scheme aims to protect first time or younger users of cannabis from prosecution.
Should coercive control be a criminal offence?
Coercive control has been called ‘intimate terrorism’ and is said to occur when a person exhibits control over another person. Discussions about implementing coercive control laws have been sparked by recent events, but some concerns have been raised and lawmakers must proceed with caution.
National Inquiry Into Alleged Sexual Misconduct Of Attorney General?
Since the Attorney General (AG) Christian Porter admitted that he was the man at the centre of historical sexual assault allegations by a woman who has since committed suicide, there has been a lot of pressure on the Federal Government to conduct an independent inquiry.
Allegations of Sexual Assault in Federal Government
In the past few weeks five women have come forward with serious allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment while working within the Liberal Party.
Lawyer X Royal Commission Makes Recommendations For Change
The Royal Commission’s final report makes more than 100 recommendations, primarily aimed at restoring faith in the criminal justice system.