Media coverage, December 2015

1st Dec 2015

Just some of the media coverage generated by the Australian Lawyers Alliance or its members during the month of December 2015.

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.


No idea too big or too small

Hobart Mercury, 28 December 2015


Interview about liability of amusement parks for trampoline injuries

Radio 2UE, 28 December 2015


Keeping party, festival drugs safe the priority

Hobart Mercury, 28 December 2015


Many questions surround Macquarie Point contract to Mona

Hobart Mercury, 21 December 2015


What would Jesus be saying, Colin?

Sunday Times, 20 December 2015

Also published in the Daily Telegraph


Wealthy publishing houses’ self interest behind more costly books

Hobart Mercury, 14 December 2015


Interview with Greg Barnes about preventative detention for terror suspects

ABC Ballarat, 11 December 2015


Interview with Greg Barnes about Gerard Baden-Clay's charge being downgraded to manslaughter

Radio 2UE, 9 December 2015


Detained Kiwis signing away their rights, says lawyer

Australasian Lawyer, 9 December 2015


Form may stop NZ deportees appealing

News Telegraph, 9 December 2015


A review of the CTP scheme in SA’ (interview with ALA SA director Tony Kerin)

Radio 5AA, 9 December 2015

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


Detainees signing forms that waive rights to guaranteed appeal – lawyer

Radio New Zealand, 8 December 2015


Yearning for alternative PM who will stand up to the hawks

Hobart Mercury, 7 December 2015


Sex offenders not as dangerous as the hysteria

Perth Times, 6 December 2015


Queensland allows civil partnerships again

Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Blog, 5 December 2015


Depression: music keeps the beast at bay

Brisbane Times, 4 December 2015

Also published in the Saturday Age


Tom Percy: retaliation and self-defence can prove costly

Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2015

Also published in the DonnyBrook Bridgetown Mail, Central Midland and Coastal Advocate, Esperance Express, Avon Valley Advocate, Wagin Argus, Augusta Margaret River Mail, Collie Mail, Bunbury Mail, Busselton Dunsborough Mail, Mandurah Mail


Sydney man Robert Xie, charged with murdering five members of his own family, is now facing a fourth trial’

ABC 7:30 Report, 1 December 2015

Also broadcast on ABC (Adelaide), ABC (Albany), ABC (Brisbane), ABC (Canberra), ABC (Darwin), ABC (Hobart), ABC (Melbourne), ABC (Perth), ABC (Regional NSW), ABC (Regional Queensland), ABC (Regional Victoria)