Media coverage, April 2015

14th Apr 2015

Just some of the media coverage generated by the Australian Lawyers Alliance or its members during the month of April 2015.

Please note that some of the hotlinks listed below lead to subscriber-only content. ALA members who wish to know more about a particular article and who do not have subscriptions to those publications should contact Media Manager Nick Buchan at for a summary of that article.


Fallout from the execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan

Ch7 (Perth) Today Tonight, 29 April 2015

Also broadcast on GWN7 (Perth)


Human rights commissioner rejects free speech argument

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Salvos fear ex-prisoners will suffer

Launceston Examiner, 28 April 2015


Deported, ruined for illegal fishing

Northern Territory News, 28 April 2015


Interview with Tom Percy QC, Perth lawyer, about careless driving causing death

Radio 6PR Perth, 27 April 2015


Tim Wilson should speak up for Scott McIntyres

ABC Online, 27 April 2015


Anzac Day debate: Greg Barns and Tim Wilson

ABC Lateline, 27 April 2015

Also broadcast on ABC News 24 (Adelaide), ABC News 24 (Brisbane), ABC News 24 (Canberra), ABC News 24 (Hobart), ABC News 24 (Melbourne), ABC News 24 (Perth), ABC News 24 (Regional NSW), ABC News 24 (Regional Queensland), ABC News 24 (Regional Victoria), ABC News 24 (Sydney)


Funding cuts to welfare NGO make no sense

Hobart Mercury, 27 April 2015


Tough law too little to end toll

Sunday Times, Perth, 26 April 2015


A push to install number plate recognition technology in every Highway Patrol car in Victoria

Channel 9 Melbourne, 24 April 2015

Also broadcast on Light FM (Melbourne), WIN Albury (Albury), WIN Ballarat (Ballarat), WIN Bendigo (Bendigo), WIN Gippsland (Sale), WIN Mildura (Mildura), WIN Shepparton (Shepparton)


Plans to axe the reintegration for ex-offenders program

ABC Northern Tasmania (Launceston), 24 April 2015


Prisons boss denies cigs ban caused row

Hobart Mercury, 22 April 2015


Police use controversial anti-terror powers to detain teen terror suspect

The Age, 20 April 2015


Victorian Police are investigating an official complaint about the treatment one of the five men arrested in counter-terrorism

HO FM, 20 April 2015

Also broadcast on 7LA (Launceston)


Authorities are now examining the links between an Australian ISIL militant and a group of teenagers arrested over the alleged plot to target Anzac events in Melbourne.

Radio 4TO, 20 April 2015

Also broadcast on 2CS FM (Coffs Harbour), 2GZ (Orange), 2MC FM (Port Macquarie), 2WG (Wagga Wagga), 3BO (Bendigo), 3SR FM (Shepparton), 4GR (Toowoomba), 5SE (Mt Gambier), 96.1 STAR FM (Mt Gambier), HOT FM Cairns (Cairns), Hot FM QLD (Toowoomba), MIX 92.7 (Sunshine Coast), SEA FM Cairns (Cairns), STAR FM 104.9 (Albury), STAR FM 91.9 (Bendigo), STAR FM 96.9 (Shepparton), STAR FM Dubbo (Dubbo), Sun FM Sunraysia (Mildura), The River FM (Albury)


Alleged plot to attack the public on ANZAC Day

HO FM Hobart, 20 April 2015

Also broadcast on 7LA (Launceston)


Anti-terror laws now allow people to be held without charge

Radio 3AW, 20 April 2015


Premier backs police despite criticism

Sydney Morning Herald, 20 April 2015


Police treatment of young mum sparks formal complaint after baby denied access for feed

The Mercury, 20 April 2015


Police use controversial anti-terror powers to detain teen terror suspect

The Age, 20 April 2015


Drunk drivers who kill or cause serious injury could go to jail

GWN7 (Perth), 19 April 2015

Also broadcast on Channel 7, Perth


SafeWork Director wants a change in the way OH and S certificates are issued to industry

891 ABC, 17 April 2015


Risdon prison is receiving praise over the smoking policy

7LA Launceston, 17 April 2015

Also broadcast on 7AD (Devonport), 7BU (Burnie), 7SD (Scottsdale), HO FM (Hobart)


Legal body’s public stoush with minister heats up

Lawyers Weekly, 16 April 2015


Risdon prison no smoking policy is a good one

7LA Launceston, 16 April 2015

Also broadcast on 7AD (Devonport), 7BU (Burnie), 7SD (Scottsdale), HO FM (Hobart)


Ban on smoking in prison

936 ABC Hobart, 16 April 2015

Also broadcast on ABC Northern Tasmania (Launceston)


'Momentous' High Court ruling a blow to ICAC: former commissioner

ABC Radio PM, 15 April 2015


The High Court has shut down ICAC's investigation into the state deputy prosecutor Margaret Cunneen

Radio National (Canberra), 15 April 2015

Also broadcast on Radio National (Adelaide), Radio National (Brisbane), Radio National (Darwin), Radio National (Hobart), Radio National (Melbourne), Radio National (Newcastle), Radio National (Perth), Radio National (Sydney), 666 ABC Canberra, 105.7 ABC Darwin (Darwin), 612 ABC Brisbane (Brisbane), 702 ABC Sydney (Sydney), 720 ABC Perth (Perth), 774 ABC Melbourne (Melbourne), 891 ABC Adelaide (Adelaide), 936 ABC Hobart (Hobart), ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs), ABC Ballarat (Ballarat), ABC Broken Hill (Broken Hill), ABC Capricornia (Rockhampton), ABC Central Coast (Erina), ABC Central Victoria (Bendigo), ABC Central West NSW (Orange), ABC Coffs Coast (Coffs Harbour), ABC Esperance (Esperance), ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast (Port Lincoln), ABC Far North (Cairns), ABC Gippsland (Sale), ABC Gold Coast (Gold Coast), ABC Goldfields WA (Kalgoorlie), ABC Goulburn Murray (Wodonga), ABC Great Southern (Albany), ABC Great Southern WA (Wagin), ABC Illawarra (Wollongong), ABC Kimberley (Broome), ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt (Geraldton), ABC Mildura - Swan Hill (Mildura), ABC New England North West (Tamworth), ABC Newcastle (Newcastle), ABC North and West SA (Port Pirie), ABC North Coast NSW (Lismore), ABC North Queensland (Townsville), ABC North West Qld (Mt Isa), ABC North West WA (Karratha), ABC Northern Tasmania (Launceston), ABC Riverina (Wagga Wagga), ABC Riverland SA (Renmark), ABC Shepparton (Shepparton), ABC South East NSW (Bega), ABC South East SA (Mt Gambier), ABC South West WA (Bunbury), ABC South Western Victoria (Warrnambool), ABC Southern Queensland (Toowoomba), ABC Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), ABC Tropical North (Mackay), ABC Upper Hunter (Muswellbrook), ABC Western Plains NSW (Dubbo), ABC Western Queensland (Longreach), ABC Western Victoria (Horsham), ABC Wide Bay (Bundaberg)


Lawyers teaming up with public servants who rort taxpayers, says Abetz

Canberra Times, 14 April 2015


Compensation reforms

WA Today, 14 April 2015


Corporate bid to erode PS compo

Canberra Times, 13 April 2015

Also published in the Sydney Morning Herald


Warning shot for pirates

Sunday Times (Perth), 12 April 2015


Women who come forward about sex abuse on Nauru face threats

The Guardian, 10 April 2015


More pressure on Comcare, DIBP over detention centre safety

The Mandarin, 9 April 2015


The Commonwealth may have breached its duty of care to detainees 

ABC Radio 702, 9 April 2015

Also broadcast on ABC Central Coast (Erina), ABC 105.7 Darwin, ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs), ABC NewsRadio , Melbourne, ABC NewsRadio (Adelaide), ABC NewsRadio (Brisbane), ABC NewsRadio (Canberra), ABC NewsRadio (Gold Coast), ABC NewsRadio (Newcastle), ABC NewsRadio (Perth), ABC NewsRadio (Sydney), ABC South East SA, Mt Gambier

Nauru open letter could send legal shockwaves

Radio Australia online, 8 April 2015


Workers compensation scheme key to protecting our ageing workforce

Injured Workers Support, 8 April 2015


Nauru open letter could send legal shockwaves

ABC's The Drum, 8 April 2015


Daily Market Update

Insurance Business America, 6 April 2015


Worker's compensation in relation to the retirement age being pushed up

Radio 2UE, 6 April 2015


The ongoing debate about Australians working longer

Radio 2GB, 6 April 2015


As more people work past the age of 65, there are concerns workplace injuries will rise

Curtin FM, Perth, 6 April 2015


Docs, cops, courts, schools must accept mental illness is no crime

Hobart Mercury, 6 April 2015


Concern about workplace cover for older workforce

Sydney Morning Herald, 6 April 2015

Also published in Border Mail, Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald, The Age, The Sydney News



Hobart Mercury, 3 April 2015


Belle Gibson investigated by Victoria's consumer watchdog after police drop case’

The Guardian, 2 April 2015