Media coverage, April 2018

1st Apr 2018

Just some of the media coverage generated by the Australian Lawyers Alliance or its members during the month of April, 2018.

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.


Crikey, 'Rise in re-offending shows that Victoria’s new prisons won’t work', 30 April 2018

Radio 4BC, 'Thousands of Queensland victims of historical child sexual abuse at the hands of churches and state institutions are set to be eligible for compensation', 30 April 2018

Also broadcast on 1071 AM (Kingaroy), 4BU (Bundaberg), 4CRB FM (Gold Coast), 4LG (Longreach), 4MK (Mackay), 4RO (Rockhampton), Radio 4KZ (Innisfail)

 Hobart Mercury, 'Bikie clamps go too far, say lawyers', 28 April 2018

The Mercury, 'Australian Lawyers Alliance says bikie consorting laws are an overreach', 27 April 2018

ABC Radio Hobart, 'The Australian Lawyers Alliance has criticised proposed new laws cracking down on bikies, saying they are not justified', 27 April 2018

Also broadcast on Radio National (Hobart), ABC Northern Tasmania, Triple M Hobart, hit100.9 Hobart (Hobart)

Launceston Examiner, 'GANGS WARNED', 27 April 2018

Burnie Advocate, 'Bikie colours ban plan', 27 April 2018

ABC online, 'Anti-bikie laws to stop gangs treating Tasmania as 'a safe haven' violate human rights, lawyer claims', 26 April 2018

ABC News Sydney, 'Tasmania Police plans a strict new anti-bikie law. Police have said the number of outlaw motorcycle gang has been increasing', 26 April 2018

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

WIN Hobart, 'Tasmania Police is pushing on with plans to crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs, warning the state is at risk of being swamped by drug crimes and violence', 26 April 2018

Tasmanian Examiner, 'Tasmania Police continue crackdown on gangs', 26 April 2018

Perth Now, 'Tom Percy: Why pot laws have no future', 25 April 2018

Yahoo News Australia, 'Greens' cannabis plan could raise $3.6bn', 23 April 2018

Canberra Times, '$3.5b budget boost from legalising marijuana', 23 April 2018

The Age, 'Legal pot a potential budget bonus', 23 April 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, '$3.5b budget boost from legalising marijuana', 23 April 2018

Daily Mail Australia, 'Greens ambitious plan to legalise marijuana would raise $2 BILLION in tax every year', 22 April 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Anti-corruption blacklist on table for Bishop, campaigners say', 21 April 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, ''Ban these Russians': Magnitsky crusader lays down gauntlet to Bishop', 20 April 2018

Also published on WA Today

Adelaide Advertiser, 'Unis probe sex assault claims', 19 April 2018

Adelaide Advertiser, 'SA universities investigating serious allegations including sexual assault with internal committees', 18 April 2018

Crikey, 'Look at the evidence — Greens’ pot plan makes a whole lot of sense', 18 April 2018

Hobart Mercury, 'Israeli-style apartheid and oppression must be challenged', 16 April 2018

The Saturday Paper, 'Marcia Langton Tough on crime-fighters', 14 April 2018 

ABC Northern Tasmania, 'Greg Barns, Hobart barrister said the sentence handed to the DJ who headbutted former PM Tony Abbott is at the high-end of the range', 10 April 2018 

Also broadcast on Trile J Sydney, Triple J (Adelaide), Triple J (Brisbane), Triple J (Canberra), Triple J (Darwin), Triple J (Hobart), Triple J (Melbourne), Triple J (Perth), ABC Radio Hobart, Radio National (Hobart), ABC Radio Adelaide, ABC Broken Hill (Broken Hill), ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast (Port Lincoln), ABC North and West SA (Port Pirie), ABC Riverland SA (Renmark), ABC South East SA (Mt Gambier), Radio National (Adelaide)

Hobart Mercury, 'It's a matter of when, not if, our nation cuts the apron strings', 9 April 2018

WA Today, 'Corrine Tsakiris murder: mum wants daughter's killer Dimitrios Tsakiris to stay behind bars', 8 April 2018

Hobart Mercury, 'Growing rate of inmate population concerns prison advocate Greg Barns', 7 April 2018

Channel 10 The Project Melbourne, 'Interview with Greg Barns, Human Rights Lawyer. Barns believes turning Manus Island into a tourist destination should not happen', 6 April 2018

Also broadcast on Channel 10 (Adelaide), Channel 10 (Perth), Channel 10 (Sydney), Southern Cross Cairns (Cairns), Ten Darwin (Darwin), Ten Gold Coast (Gold Coast), Ten Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), West Digital Television (Albany), WIN Albury (Albury), WIN Ballarat (Ballarat), WIN Bendigo (Bendigo), WIN Cairns (Cairns), WIN Canberra (Canberra), WIN Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), WIN Dubbo (Dubbo), WIN Gippsland (Sale), WIN Griffith (Griffith), WIN Hobart (Hobart), WIN Lismore (Lismore), WIN Mackay (Mackay), WIN Mildura (Mildura), WIN Newcastle (Newcastle), WIN Orange (Orange), WIN Riverland (Berri), WIN Rockhampton (Rockhampton), WIN Shepparton (Shepparton), WIN Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), WIN Tamworth (Tamworth), WIN Taree (Port Macquarie), WIN Toowoomba (Toowoomba), WIN Townsville (Townsville), WIN Wagga (Wagga Wagga), WIN Western Australia (Perth), WIN Wide Bay (Bundaberg), WIN Wollongong (Wollongong)

Lawyers Weekly, 'Heartbreaking to watch': legal orgs perturbed by police brutality', 6 April 2018

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Police are out of control and the government doesn't seem to care', 6 April 2018

The Age, 'No, the ends do not justify the means', 5 April 2018

The Age, 'Police are out of control and the government doesn't seem to care', 5 April 2018

ABC TV News Sydney, 'Repeat child sex abusers could soon be facing a life sentence under changes announced by the State Government in response to the Royal Commission', 3 April 2018

Also broadcast on ABC (Regional NSW), ABC TV News Canberra

Crikey, 'Is PNG trying to pervert justice for Manus Island asylum seekers?', 3 April 2018

ABC Radio Hobart, 'There are concerns prisoners who need acute mental health care aren't being transferred to Tas' forensic mental health facility because there isn't space', 1 April 2018

Also broadcast on Radio National (Hobart), ABC Radio Darwin, ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs), ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC Ballarat (Ballarat), ABC Central Victoria (Bendigo), ABC Gippsland (Sale), ABC Goulburn Murray (Wodonga), ABC Mildura - Swan Hill (Mildura), ABC Shepparton (Shepparton), ABC South Western Victoria (Warrnambool), ABC Western Victoria (Horsham), ABC Radio Sydney, ABC Central Coast (Erina), ABC Coffs Coast (Coffs Harbour), ABC Illawarra (Wollongong), ABC New England North West (Tamworth), ABC Newcastle (Newcastle), ABC North Coast NSW (Lismore), ABC Riverina (Wagga Wagga), ABC South East NSW (Bega), ABC Upper Hunter (Muswellbrook), ABC Western Plains NSW (Dubbo), ABC Radio Canberra