Media coverage, August 2014

1st Aug 2014

Just some of the media coverage generated by the Australian Lawyers Alliance or its members during the month of August 2014.

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.


Concern over a new fee for convicted criminals 

Southern Cross Tasmania TV News, 31 August 2014


Data retention critics alarmed by Australian federal police breach

The Guardian, 29 August 2014


No compo changes until inquiry completed

Launceston Examiner, 28 August 2014


Anti- protest law move under fire

Koori Mail, 27 August 2014


Scottish independence referendum

ABC Radio 936 Hobart, 26 August 2014


New laws are hard to explain

Greg Barns, 25 August 2014


Trying time for victims

Emily Moulton, Sunday Times, 24 August 2014

Also published on,


Lawyers call for scientific investigation into Montara Oil Spill

Laura Tchilinguirian, ABC Newsradio, 22 August 2014


Govt dismisses Montara probe

Illawarra Mercury, 22 August 2014


Fishermen’s Lawyer Demands Full Scientific Investigation into Oil Spill 

Austrian Tribune, 21 August 2014


Aust rejects Indonesia's Montara entreaty

Gabrielle Dunlevy,, 21 August 2014

Also published on, ninemsn, Hobart Mercury


Montara oil spill: Fishermen's lawyer calls for investigation into reports of skin disease

Felicity James, ABC Radio Australia, 21 August

Also published on Yahoo News

A related interview with ALA spokesperson Greg Phelps was also broadcast on ABC Newsradio


New Federal Government counter-terrorism proposals

SBS Ethnic Radio, 20 August 2014


Assange beaten

Australian Financial Review, 20 August 2014


Protesters demand that the Tasmanian Government ditch plans to subject protestors to on the spot fines and jail terms 

Sky News Australia, 19 August 2014

Related stories also broadcast on 936 ABC Hobart, ABC Northern Tasmania


Letter to UN raises human rights issues

Launceston Examiner, 19 August 2014


Anti-leak laws target 'reckless' journalists (subscription only)

Ben Grubb, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 2014


Disabled call in lawyers to access NDIS (subscription only)

Jared Owens, ‚ÄčThe Australian, 18 August 2014


Democracy under threat in Tasmania

Antinuclear, 18 August 2014

Also published on Prime 7, Yahoo News


Greedy profit from vile deal

Greg Barns, Hobart Mercury, 18 August 2014


Pell to speak to Royal Commission

Prime 7, 18 August 2014

Also published in the Daily Liberal, Northern Daily Leader, Western Advocate, Cairns Post, Central West Daily


Roman Catholic Church's response to victims of child sexual abuse

3CR Melbourne, 18 August 2014


Hundreds  of  Tasmanians  attend  Hobart  rally  against  State  Government’s  anti-protest  laws’

David Benuik, Hobart Mercury, 17 August 2014

A similar story was also published in the Sunday Tasmanian


Hundreds of protestors are rallying outside Hobart City Hall

ABC Radio 702, 16 August 2014

This story was also broadcast on ABC Central Coast (Erina), ABC Central West NSW (Orange), ABC Coffs Coast (Coffs Harbour), ABC Illawarra (Wollongong), ABC New England North West (Tamworth), ABC North Coast NSW (Lismore), ABC Riverina (Wagga Wagga), ABC South East NSW (Bega), ABC Upper Hunter (Muswellbrook), ABC Western Plains NSW (Dubbo), Radio National (Sydney), Radio National (Newcastle), 666 ABC Canberra

A similar report was also published on ABC Hobart Television News


Abuse compo praise

Mornington Bulletin, 15 August 2014

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


Lawyers' warning for abuse victims

Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 2014

A related story was also broadcast on SBS Ethnic Radio


Abuse victims could be bullied: lawyers

The Mercury, 14 August 2014

Also published on AAP newswire, The Sydney News, The Australian, Sky News, Geelong Advertiser,,,


Lawyers up in arms over caps on sex abuse compo (subscription only)

Dan Box, The Australian, 14 August 2014


One Stone unturned

Felicity Nelson, Lawyers Weekly, 13 August 2014


NDIS forerunner beset with poor service, red tape: lawyers (subscription only)

Rick Morton, The Australian, 12 August 2014


Free speech phobics cling on  (subscription only)

Nick Cater, The Australian, 12 August 2014

Also published in the Courier Mail


Former Community Services worker sued for failing to protect sisters from sexually abusive stepfather

Yahoo News, 11 August 2014


Proposed anti-terror laws attack basic freedoms

John Passant, En Passant, 11 August 2014


Peter Mac in bribe caution

Ben Schneiders, Sunday Age, 10 August 2014

Also published in The Sydney Morning Herald


New laws to crack down on bikies

Chris Vedelago, Sunday Age, 10 August 2014

Also published in The Sydney Morning Herald


Sending asylum seekers back home has cost taxpayers $3 million  (subscription only)

Sarah Whyte, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 2014

Also published in The Age, WA Today, Central Midlands & Coastal Advocate


Data retention laws: Tony Abbott says Government 'seeking metadata', not targeting people's browsing history

Emma Griffiths, ABC Online, 6 August 2014

You can listen to Greg Barns' interview here.

Also published on ABC Radio Australia


Concerns grow about broad reach of proposed spy powers

Tanya Nolan, ABC Radio National, 6 August 2014

Also broadcast from the following 59 stations: 612 ABC Brisbane, 666 ABC Canberra, 702 ABC Sydney, 720 ABC Perth, 774 ABC Melbourne, 891 ABC Adelaide, 936 ABC Hobart, ABC Alice Springs, ABC Ballarat, ABC Broken Hill, ABC Capricornia, ABC Central Coast, ABC Central Victoria, ABC Central West NSW, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Darwin, ABC Esperance, ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast, ABC Far North, ABC Gippsland, ABC Gold Coast, ABC Goldfields WA, ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Great Southern, ABC Great Southern WA, ABC Illawarra, ABC Kimberley, ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt, ABC Mildura - Swan Hill, ABC New England North West, ABC Newcastle, ABC North and West SA, ABC North Coast NSW, ABC North Queensland, ABC North West Qld, ABC North West WA, ABC Northern Tasmania, ABC Riverina, ABC Riverland SA, ABC Shepparton, ABC South East NSW, ABC South East SA, ABC South West WA, ABC South Western Victoria, ABC Southern Queensland, ABC Sunshine Coast, ABC Tropical North, ABC Upper Hunter, ABC Western Plains NSW, ABC Western Queensland, ABC Western Victoria, ABC Wide Bay, Radio National 


Draconian anti-terrorism bid an affront to freedom

Greg Barnes, The Drum, 6 August


 $3m bill to send asylum seekers home  (subscription only)

The Australian, 5 August 2014

Also published on,, the Daily Barrier truth, Daily Advertiser, the Launceston Examiner, Cairns Post and Perth Now


Men bashed by police have a case for compensation

Patrick Boylen interview, Channel 7 TV News, 5 August 2014


Combatting the Snowden Effect: National interest and media freedom in Australia

Nicholas Williams, Index on Censorship, 5 August 2014


Cheered by populism, lazy politics kicks the vulnerable when they are down

Greg Barnes, Hobart Mercury, 4 August 2014


Legal access denied: claim

Cameron Lucadou-Wells, Greater Dandenong Weekly, 4 August 2014


Montarra’s Forgotten Victims

Fred McCue, Northern Territory News, 2 August 2014


Culture concerns in Families SA

Tony Kerin interview, ABC TV 7.30,1 August 2014


Proper Advice: The Impossible Dream

Law Institute Journal, 1 August 2014