Media coverage, December 2014

1st Dec 2014

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


Devices could run people into legal trouble

Sunday Age, 28 December 2015

Also published in Sydney Morning Herald


Calls for tougher bail laws

Sunrise (Ch 7), 22 December 2014

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), Southern Cross Central (Alice Springs), Southern Cross Darwin (Darwin), Southern Cross GTS/BKN Broken Hill (Port Pirie), Southern Cross Tasmania (Hobart)


Detention centre cuts 11.5 jobs

Launceston Examiner, 22 December 2014


Calls for prison officers to be removed from administering a drug substation

ABC News 24, 18 December 2014


More funds for legal aid recommended

Central and North Burnett Times, 18 December 2014


What does reintroduction of TPVs mean?

SBS online, 17 December 2014


New refugee laws could face court challenge

Courier Mail, 17 December 2014

Also published in Sydney Morning Herald, SKY News, Daily Telegraph,, Herald Sun, The Age, Big News network


Australia orders sweeping investigation after deadly hostage siege

Reuters, 17 December 2014

Also published on RTE News, SKY News, Daily Times,, DNA India, Global Post, Reuters, Cnews, The Recorder, Gulf News, The Hindu, EWN, World Bulletin, Washington Post, First Post, Christian Today, BD Live, Yahoo News, NDTV, Brantford Expositor, LF Press, Simcoe Reformer, Timmins Press,, Newstime Africa, Swissinfo


Siege raises bail law questions

SKY News, 17 December 2014


Calls for tougher bail laws

ABC Adelaide, 17 December 2014


Calls for tougher bail laws are misplaced

Radio 2HD, December 17, 2014

Also broadcast on 2BH (Broken Hill), 2GF (Grafton), 2LF (Orange), 2MO (Gunnedah), 2PK (Parkes), 2SM (Sydney), 4WK (Toowoomba), Radio 97 (Tweed Heads)


They lie when they tell us we need fear

Daily Telegraph, 17 December 2014

Also published in the Courier Mail


Refugee laws scrutinised

St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, 16 December 2014


Court out of you're a bully

Adelaide Advertiser, 15 December 2014


Manus Is: a foreseeable death that shames Australia

ABC's The Drum, 12 December 2014


Senate inquiry finds the Federal Government failed to protect asylum seekers in its custody during the deadly Manus Island riots

ABC online, 11 November 2014

Also broadcast on 105.7 ABC Radio Darwin, ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs), 702 ABC Radio Sydney, 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 (Newcastle), Radio National (Sydney), 936 ABC Radio Hobart, Radio National (Hobart)


Senate enquiry report's findings into the escalation in violence at Manus Island Detention Centre

ABC Newsradio (Melbourne), 11 December 2014

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)


ALA calls for Bill of Rights

Lawyers Weekly, 11 December 2014


Former schoolteacher accused of sexual abuse of students found to be alive (TV interview)

Southern Cross Television News, 10 December 2014


Harassment leads to court

Gympie Times, 10 December 2014

Also published in News Mail, Daily Mercury, Fraser Coast Chronicle, Morning Bulletin, Gladstone Observer, Queensland Times, Sunshine Coast Daily


The Coalition's tough-on-crime policies failed Victoria

The Age, 8 December 2014


A Most Immoral Act

Blogotariat, 6 December 2014


Refugee laws `in breach'

Border Mail, 6 December 2014


Immigration laws labelled a breach of human rights

Illawarra Mercury, 6 December 2014


Detained children to be freed

Hobart Mercury, 6 December 2014


Questions over changes

Gympie Times, 6 December 2014

Also published in News Mail, Northern Star, Daily Mercury, Queensland Times, Fraser Coast Chronicle, Morning Bulletin, Gladstone Observer, Sunshine Coast Daily


Asylum laws under scrutiny

Herald Sun, 6 December 2014


Australia’s immigration changes ‘cruel’

Newstime Africa, 6 December 2014

Also published in World Bulletin, Turkish Press


Senators hand refugees' lives over to Scott Morrison

ABC The Drum, 5 December 2014


Explainer: What does the reintroduction of TPVs mean?

SBS Online, 5 December 2014


Lawyers say visas could breach Refugee Convention

Northern Star, 5 December 2014

Also published in Sunshine Coast Daily, Gatton Star, Warwick Daily News


Refugee laws could face court challenge, 5 December 2014

Also published on AAP Newswire, Courier Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph,, Herald Sun, The Age, Big news Network, Brisbane Times, Sky News Australia, The Sydney News


Warning over soft regulation for carers

‚ÄčThe Australian, 2 December 2014