Media coverage, August 2016

1st Aug 2016

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


ABC Northern Tasmania, 'The Prisoners' Legal Service hopes changes to Tas' prison system will improve access to the community corrections sector', 30 August 2016

ABC Northern Tasmania, 'The merger between the community corrections and the prison service', 29 August 2016

Adelaide Times, 'Euthanasia question demands answer', 28 August 2016

Also published on the Sunday Times

Sunday Examiner, 'Concern over child privacy', 28 August 2016

Hobart Mercury, 'Croome calls for talks on new bill', 27 August 2016

ABC Newsradio (Melbourne), 'Interview with Greg Barns, Asylum Seeker Legal Advocate, about Sarah Hanson-Young, Federal Greens Senator, being stripped of the immigration portfolio by Richard Di Natale', 26 August 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)

Tasmanian Times, 'Liberals Release Draft Amendments to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Act', 25 August 2016

Radio 5AA, 'Alcohol consumption and the importance of public safety', 25 August 2016

Also broadcast on 5AU (Port Augusta), 5CS (Port Pirie), 5RM (Berri)

Australian Financial Review, 'Plebiscite row endangers same-sex cause', 25 August 2016

ABC Radio 720, 'Police search harms Parliament's ability to be a safe place for people to ar concerns', 24 August 2016

Also broadcast on ABC Goldfields WA (Kalgoorlie), ABC Great Southern (Albany), ABC Kimberley (Broome), ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt (Geraldton), ABC North West WA (Karratha), ABC South West WA (Bunbury)

Techdirt, 'Australian Law Enforcement Hacked US Users' Computers During Child Porn Investigation', 19 August 2016

Tasmanian Times, 'Hodgman Confirms Plan to Weaken Anti-Discrimination Laws', 17 August 2016

Hobart Mercury, 'Law change 'excessive'', 17 August 2016

The New Daily, 'The case against Julian Assange ‘must be dropped’: leading barrister', 17 August 2016

Lawyers Weekly, 'Legal bodies voice 'urgent need' for action on Nauru', 17 August 2016

ITWire, 'Qld police silent on claims of hacking US child porn ring members', 16 August 2016

Tasmanian Times, 'Legal Aid in Tasmania', 16 August 2016

Canberra Times, ''Evil 8' child rapist omitted from sex offender register due to loophole', 16 August 2016

The Guardian, 'Can the law come to the rescue of abused asylum seekers and refugees?', 15 August 2016

Motherboard, 'Australian Authorities Hacked Computers in the US', 15 August 2016

Hobart Mercury, 'Detention abuse ignored by most media outlets', 15 August 2016

Lawyers Weekly, 'Lawyers call for bipartisanship on class action laws', 15 August 2016

Launceston Advocate, 'Leading the way on youth justice', 13 August 2016

The Advocate, 'Tasmanian leading the way on youth justice', 12 August 2016

Independent Australia, 'ALA demands Comcare prosecute over #NauruFiles abuses and WHS offences', 12 August 2016

The Big Smoke, 'Nauru: Time for a bi-partisan solution to our national problem', 10 August 2016

The Guardian, 'Nauru files: widespread condemnation of Australian government by UN and others', 10 August 2016

WIN Hobart, 'Friends of Sarah Paino, who was killed in a shocking crash in Hobart's CBD, are outraged at the 5-year sentence handed down to the teenage joy rider who caused her death', 10 August 2016 

Hobart Mercury, 'Talking Point: Protectionism raises its ugly head with new voices in the Senate', 8 August 2016

SBS, 'IS on defensive, losing lives, land: PM', 6 August 2016

Sky News Live (Sydney), 'The Government is set to keep people deemed a terror risk locked up beyond their prison sentence', 6 August 2016

Also broadcast on Sky News Live (Adelaide), Sky News Live (Brisbane), Sky News Live (Canberra), Sky News Live (Melbourne), Sky News Live (Perth), Sky News Live (Regional NSW), Sky News Live (Regional Queensland), Sky News Live (Regional Victoria), Sky News Live (Tasmania)

666 ABC (Canberra), 'The advocacy group Lawyers Alliance says the Federal Government's plan for preventative detention for terrorist is dangerous', 6 August 2016

Also broadcast on 936 ABC (Hobart), Radio National (Hobart), 891 ABC (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), 105.7 BC (Darwin), ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs), 774 ABC (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), Radio National (Melbourne), 612 ABC (Brisbane), ABC Capricornia (Rockhampton), ABC Far North (Cairns), ABC Gold Coast (Gold Coast), ABC North Queensland (Townsville), ABC North West Qld (Mt Isa), ABC Southern Queensland (Toowoomba), ABC Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), ABC Tropical North (Mackay), ABC Western Queensland (Longreach), ABC Wide Bay (Bundaberg), Radio National (Brisbane)

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Devils are in the detail in super life insurance', 6 August 2016, 'ISIL on defensive, losing lives, land: PM', 6 August 2016

Also published on Yahoo7 News

Hobart Mercury, 'Talking Point: State’s duty to protect must override humanitarian concerns', 6 August 2016

Hobart Mercury, 'Prison contraband hits record highs', 6 August 2016

SBS (Sydney), 'Thirteen people convicted of terror offences in Victoria and New South Wales could potentially remain in jail after serving their prison sentences', 4 August 2016

Also broadcast on SBS (Adelaide), SBS (Albany), SBS (Brisbane), SBS (Canberra), SBS (Melbourne), SBS (Perth), SBS (Regional NSW), SBS (Regional Queensland), SBS (Regional Victoria), SBS (Tasmania)

2MCE (Orange), 'A move to change laws in a bid to keep terror offenders in jail would have no way of ensuring proper legal rights are upheld', 4 August 2016

Also broadcast on 100.9 FM (Albany), 104.7 Gippsland FM (Morwell), 105.1 FM Caboolture (Caboolture), 2CBD (Deepwater), 2HOT (Cobar), 2MCR (Campbelltown), 2MTM (Coonamble), 2NCR (Lismore), 2SSR (Wollongong), 2WAY (Wauchope), 2WCR (Coonabarabran), 2XX FM (Canberra), 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), 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), Phoenix FM (Bendigo), 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 (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)

HO FM, 'George Brandis, Federal Attorney-General, is set to meet with his State and Territory equivalents to argue the case for keeping convicted terrorists in jail', 4 August 2016

Also broadcast on 7LA (Launceston)

ABC News 24 (Sydney), 'Attorney-General George Brandis meeting with State and Territory counterparts about extending the imprisonment of high risk convicted terrorists', 4 August 2016

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)

Sunraysia Daily, 'Big class action over oil spill', 4 August 2016

SBS, ''Truth can't be defeated': Indonesian seaweed farmers launch $200m class action over oil spill', 4 August 2016

Nine News, 'Class action suit launched over oil spill', 3 August 2016