Story by : Stefanie Garber 31 May 2016 Lawyers Weekly
The proposal to introduce a human rights act in Queensland has thrown a spotlight on the importance of human rights protections, write Bill Pottsand Rebecca Fogerty.
In December 2013, Sally Kuether, a library assistant and mother of three, was arrested and charged with offences under the newly-enacted Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) Act 2013.
Her alleged crime: meeting over a beer at the local pub with her boyfriend and a friend of his while wearing a leather jacket emblazoned ‘Property of Crow’ (a reference to her boyfriend and his membership of the outlawed Life and Death Motorcycle Club). Continue reading Putting Human Rights on the Table
On Tuesday 13 October 2015 new laws came into effect in Australia that require telecommunications service providers (i.e. Telstra, Vodafone, Optus etc.) to retain prescribed telecommunications data. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015 sets out a statutory obligation for telecommunications service providers to keep this data for a period of two years.
The new law does not give new powers to criminal law-enforcement agencies to access telecommunication data. It simply obliges telecommunications companies to retain and secure a limited set of records for two years.
Johnny Depp’s wife, actress Amber Heard, has been charged over a biosecurity breach after illegally bringing dogs Boo and Pistol into Australia on a private jet and is due in a Queensland court in September.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions issued a summons against Heard.
She has been charged with two counts of illegal importation contrary to the quarantine act and one count of producing a false document.
THERE has been an explosion of allegations of police brutality on the Gold Coast, with shocking footage emerging of a recent attack.
The Courier-Mail has obtained disturbing CCTV footage from inside the Surfers Paradise police station which shows a handcuffed Michael Cox, 29, being physically restrained and his head slammed into the tile floor.