Media coverage, April 2016

1st Apr 2016

Just some of the media coverage generated by the Australian Lawyers Alliance or its members during the month of April 2016.

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.


Queensland Times, 'Dutton negotiates with PNG over ruling on Manus', 28 April 2016

Also published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle, Gladstone Observer, Daily News, Daily Examiner, Northern Star, Gympie Times, Gympie Times, Daily Mercury, Sunshine Coast Daily, News Mail

Lawyers Weekly, 'Damages claims ‘highly likely’ from offshore asylum seeker detainees: ALA', 28 April 2016, 'The sad life of ‘MEG45’', 27 April 2016

Blackwater herald, 'Dutton still refusing to release refugees despite ruling', 27 April 2016

Also published in the Ballina Advocate, Sunshine Coast Daily, Yahoo7

ABC NewsRadio (Melbourne), ' Interview with Greg Barns about asylum seekers', 27 April 2016

Also broadcast on ABC NewsRadio (Adelaide), ABC NewsRadio (Brisbane), ABC NewsRadio (Canberra), ABC NewsRadio (Gold Coast), ABC NewsRadio (Newcastle), ABC NewsRadio (Perth), ABC NewsRadio (Sydney)

ABC News 24 (Sydney), 'Discussion about the PNG ruling that the detainees at Manus Island are being held illegally', 27 April 2016 (Greg Barns interview)

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 (Regional West Australia)

Radio 2MCE, 'The Australian Government could be sued for false imprisonment', 27 April 2016 (Greg Barns interview)

Also broadcast on 100.9 FM (Albany), 104.7 Gippsland FM (Morwell), 105.1 FM Caboolture (Caboolture), 2BOB (Taree), 2CBD (Deepwater), 2HOT (Cobar), 2MCR (Campbelltown), 2MTM (Coonamble), 2NCR (Lismore), 2SSR (Wollongong), 2WAY (Wauchope), 2WCR (Coonabarabran), 2XX FM (Canberra), 3BBR (Drouin), 3MBS (Melbourne), 3MGB (Mallacoota), 3REG (Bairnsdale), 3SER (Pakenham), 4BCR (Bundaberg), 4CRM (Mackay), 4YOU (Rockhampton), 5CCR (Ceduna), 5THE (Millicent), Alpine Radio (Mount Beauty), Bay and Basin FM (Nowra), Bay FM (Brisbane), BAY FM (Byron Bay), Beau FM (Beaudesert), BLU FM 89.1 (Katoomba), Burnett River Radio (Gayndah), Cairns FM 89.1 (Cairns), City Park Radio (Launceston), Classic FM (Brisbane), Cow FM (Casino), Encounter FM (Victor Harbor), Eurbodalla Radio (Moruya), Ezy FM (Lithgow), Five-O-Plus (Gosford), FM 96.3 (Tumut), Fraser Coast Community Radio (Hervey Bay), Gulf FM (Kadina), Heart FM (Deloraine), KCR FM (Perth), KRR (Kandos), NineFourOne (Wollongong), Noosa Community Radio (Sunshine Coast), Oak FM (Wangaratta), Opal FM (Lightning Ridge), Paradise FM (Ballina), PBA FM (Adelaide), Phoenix FM (Bendigo), QBNFM (Canberra), Radio Mansfield (Mansfield), Rainbow FM (Warwick), Rhema FM Orange (Orange), Rock FM (Moranbah), Smart FM (Swan Hill), Star FM (St Helens), Tank Radio (Kempsey), Tasman FM (Hobart), Three Rivers Radio (Dunedoo), Triple B (Coffs Harbour), Triple B (Tanunda), Triple H (Horsham), Twin Cities FM (Wanneroo), UG FM (Alexandra), Valley FM (Brisbane), Valley FM (Canberra), VOX FM (Wollongong), WAR FM (Gilgandra), Way FM (Canberra), Way FM (Launceston), Yass FM (Yass), York FM (York)

Radio 2BH, 'The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court found the Manus Island detention centre breached human rights', 27 April 2016 (Greg Barns interview)

Also broadcast on Radio 2SM, 2AD (Armidale), 2DU (Dubbo), 2EL (Orange), 2GF (Grafton), 2LM (Lismore), 2MG (Mudgee), 2MO (Gunnedah), 2NZ (Inverell), 2PK (Parkes), 2TM (Tamworth), 2VM (Moree), Triple Z (Lismore)

Channel 7 (Melbourne), 'Papua New Guinea's supreme court has declared Australia's offshore detention program on Manus Island illegal', 27 April 2016 (Greg Barns interview)

Also broadcast on Central GTS/BKN Port Lincoln (Port Lincoln), Central GTS/BKN Port Pirie (Spencer Gulf), Channel 7 (Adelaide), Channel 7 (Brisbane), Channel 7 (Perth), Channel 7 (Sydney), GWN7 (Perth), Prime7 ACT (Canberra), Prime7 Albury (Albury), Prime7 Armidale (Armidale), Prime7 Ballarat (Ballarat), Prime7 Bendigo (Bendigo), Prime7 Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), Prime7 Cooma (Cooma), Prime7 Dubbo (Dubbo), Prime7 Gippsland (Sale), Prime7 Gold Coast (Gold Coast), Prime7 Griffith (Griffith), Prime7 Mildura (Mildura), Prime7 Moree (Moree), Prime7 Newcastle (Newcastle), Prime7 North Coast (Lismore), Prime7 Orange (Orange), Prime7 Shepparton (Shepparton), Prime7 Swan Hill (Swan Hill), Prime7 Tamworth (Tamworth), Prime7 Taree (Manning River), Prime7 Wagga Wagga (Wagga Wagga), Prime7 Warrnambool (Warrnambool), Prime7 Wollongong (Wollongong), Seven Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Seven Cairns (Cairns), Seven Central (Alice Springs), Seven Mackay (Mackay), Seven Mt Isa (Mt Isa), Seven Rockhampton (Rockhampton), Seven Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), Seven Toowoomba (Toowoomba), Seven Townsville (Townsville)m Southern Cross Central (Alice Springs), Southern Cross Darwin (Darwin)m Southern Cross GTS/BKN Broken Hill (Port Pirie), Southern Cross Tasmania (Hobart)

Canberra Times, 'Border policy under pressure as PNG court rules Manus detention illegal', 27 April 2016

Starts at 60, 'It’s illegal! Asylum seekers could sue Australia over Manus Island', 27 April 2016

The Age, 'Manus court ruling: Peter Dutton holds the line on refugees - but what happens next?', 27 April 2016

Also published in Sydney Morning Herald, Advertiser Lake Times, WA Today

Cairns Post, 'Australia now has a big problem after Manus Island decision', 27 April 2016

Also published in the Hobart Mercury,, Daily Telegraph, '