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Essendon and Hird – vindicated after 784 days in the AFL’s anti-doping hell

Two and a half years later–after all of the character assassination–the players are now found not to have doped. Somebody in government needs to look at why this has happened and how can we ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

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Saving Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – last chance to change course

What is the message that Australians, and in particular the Australian government, should be sending to the Indonesian public? It is that the rationale given by President Widodo for not making an exception in relation to Sukumaran and Chan is patently false on the known facts.

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109 Australian Parliamentarians speak, but will Indonesia listen?

Mr Sukumaran and Mr Chan have demonstrated genuine remorse and have become model prisoners, working constructively at Kerobokan not only on their own rehabilitation and reform, but also for that of other prisoners … we believe it is significant that both Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran were only apprehended as a result of the Australian Federal Police providing information to Indonesian Police. Their crime, serious as it was, was intended to impact on Australians in Australia, not Indonesia.

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When bad cases make bad law. Jeremy Geia, the Yidindji and tilts at the windmill of indigenous sovereignty

[Geia] was informed that he was entitled to bail under Section 8 of the Bail Act but given he did not recognise the Australian Law System bail was refused under Section 22 of the Bail Act. Watch House Bail was refused as the defendant stated that he would not attend court as per the undertakings required.

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The NT’s “Daniel’s Law” – Alarmed But Not Alert

Make no mistake: on this issue, the Northern Territory Attorney-General has defied the collective wisdom of his fellow Attorneys of every political persuasion, in every other Australian jurisdiction.

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Grog. Again.

Unlike me, she was Aboriginal. And unlike me, as we exited the bottle shop, she was stopped by the police officer stationed at the door, who conducted a mini-interrogation. Name? Address? Where are you taking this carton?

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Legal hostilities end in failure for the Aboriginal corporate regulator

The very organisation that was attacking small Aboriginal corporations of no commercial consequence for being late with their paperwork itself had an out-of-date data base. ORIC was regularly forwarding correspondence to the NLC at its old address at Casuarina, long after it had moved to its Darwin CBD address in July 2007.

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The oppression of Aboriginal law

The authors of the Little Children Are Sacred report found that overall levels of dysfunction were higher in Indigenous communities where traditional law had significantly broken down. They argued that is more likely that Indigenous people will respond positively to their own law and culture than to laws imposed upon them.

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Djambuy’s case and the recognition of Aboriginal customary law

“This is the first time in a long time that Balanda (European) and Yolngu laws have worked together like this. Yolngu are not asking for a separate system. This is about creating a dialogue between the two systems.”

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What to do if pulled over by Queensland police? Make a movie.

Anyone on a bike or wearing biker clothing can be reasonably suspected to have criminal associations in Queensland. That is nothing short of discrimination and “profiling”, yet it is now enshrined in Queensland law. “The difficulty with that is a police officer can say to a person that they have a reasonable suspicion, but in reality that would be totally unreasonable,”

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