NT Royal Commission receives new leaders

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Malcolm Turnbull’s royal commission into the Northern Territory’s youth detention system has been given a second chance with appointment of former Queensland justice, Margaret White, and Indigenous community leader Mick Gooda. Continue reading NT Royal Commission receives new leaders

A Human Rights Act for Queensland?

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Australian Lawyers for Human Rights are supporting the state government Human Rights Inquiry recommendation that the Queensland government introduce a Human Rights Act. ALHR President Benedict Coyne says the recommendation is a positive step forward, however he has some concerns about how the Act might be implemented.

Greens call for Labor’s LGBTI support

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The Australian Greens urge the Labor party to join them in committing to removing religious exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act, following Rainbow Labor’s announcement to appoint an LGBTI discrimination commissioner. Greens sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms  says Labor’s plan is a good one, but won’t end discrimination against LGBTI people under the law.

Combating indefinite detention for the intellectually disabled

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Numerous reviews and law reform agencies have recommended reforms to unfitness to plead laws. But changes have been laboured, when they’ve occurred at all. A new research project at the University of Melbourne is investigating support systems that may help prevent disability-based disadvantage and discrimination in the criminal justice system. Dr Piers Gooding is a part of this project, and spoke about what he’s doing.

Bicycle passing laws trial comes to an end

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With the state-wide trial of the minimum passing distance laws coming to an end, Bicycle Queensland is reiterating the need for bikeway infrastructure and stronger enforcement of dangerous driving to keep bike riders safe. An evaluation of the two-year trial of the new rules is due to be released soon as the trial period comes to an end on Thursday April 7. Bicycle Queensland says the passing laws make cyclists feel safer on the roads.

Apple and FBI in encryption battle

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The stage is set for a showdown between the FBI and Apple after the tech company’s CEO Tim Cook confirmed he will not assist the FBI in hacking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Mark Zuckerberg has defended Apple move, saying he does not believe the authorities should have backdoors to bypass encryption protection. Academic expert in computer security, Dr Suelette Dreyfus says Apple’s stance is the correct one.

Greens condemn push to allow discrimination in marriage debate

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Australian Greens marriage equality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms is calling on the Government to reject the Australian Christian Lobby’s push to suspend anti-discrimination laws in any plebiscite on marriage equality. I spoke to the senator about this issue and its implications.

Return of Kings Australian meet ups met with outrage

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The Return of Kings is another of the high-profile groups for male pick-up artists we’ve heard about in the last couple of years, which is planning meet ups of its Australian members all throughout this week. Melbourne University’s Dr Lauren Rosewarne spoke with us about the group, the views they hold, and their interaction with Australia.  

A Little Liberty or A Little Security?

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Today sees the launch of the Campaign to Secure the Internet, an online campaign supported by nearly 200 international experts in the fields of IT, communications and systems. They are calling upon governments across the world to reject laws, policies, or other mandates or practices, including secret agreements with companies, that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies. Academic expert in computer security and hacking, Dr Suelette Dreyfus from the Department of Computing and Information Systems spoke to me about this campaign. To find out more about this campaign, check it out at securetheinternet.org