Media coverage, February 2015

1st Feb 2015

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


200 ACT public servants still off work as feds crackdown on compo

Sydney Morning Herald, 26 February 2015

Also published in the Canberra Times


LIV: abolish time limits for child abuse suits

Lawyers Weekly, 26 February 2015


Call for WA drivers to pay extra $100 a year for car accident compensation scheme

Prime 7, 24 February 2015

Also published in, Daily Mail Australia,, Courier Mail, Herald Sun and PerthNow


Lawyers back increase in WA car insurance

Yahoo News, 24 February 2015

Also published in Daily Telegraph, GWN7


Time limit hurdle for abuse victims to go

The Courier, 24 February 2015


Child sex abuse claim time limits to go in Victoria

ABC News online, 24 February 2015


Internet pirates won't be pursued under data retention scheme, says AFP

The Guardian, 24 February 2015


Lawyers back increase in WA car insurance

Yahoo News, 24 February 2015

Also published on Prime 7,, Daily Mail Australia,, Courier Mail, Herald Sun, GWN7, Perth Now, Daily Telegraph


Victoria is set to become the first jurisdiction to remove time limitations on child abuse victims

ABC 666 Canberra, 23 February 2015

Also broadcast on 105.7 ABC Darwin (Darwin), 612 ABC Brisbane (Brisbane), 702 ABC Sydney (Sydney), 720 ABC Perth (Perth), 774 ABC Melbourne (Melbourne), 891 ABC Adelaide (Adelaide), 936 ABC Hobart (Hobart), ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs), ABC Ballarat (Ballarat), ABC Broken Hill (Broken Hill), ABC Capricornia (Rockhampton), ABC Central Victoria (Bendigo), ABC Central West NSW (Orange), ABC Coffs Coast (Coffs Harbour), ABC Esperance (Esperance), ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast (Port Lincoln), ABC Far North (Cairns), ABC Gippsland (Sale), ABC Gold Coast (Gold Coast), ABC Goldfields WA (Kalgoorlie), ABC Goulburn Murray (Wodonga), ABC Great Southern (Albany), ABC Illawarra (Wollongong), ABC Kimberley (Broome), ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt (Geraldton), ABC Mildura - Swan Hill (Mildura), ABC New England North West (Tamworth), ABC Newcastle (Newcastle), ABC North and West SA (Port Pirie), ABC North Coast NSW (Lismore), ABC North Queensland (Townsville), ABC North West Qld (Mt Isa), ABC North West WA (Karratha), ABC Northern Tasmania (Launceston), ABC Riverina (Wagga Wagga), ABC Riverland SA (Renmark), ABC Shepparton (Shepparton), ABC South East NSW (Bega), ABC South East SA (Mt Gambier), ABC South West WA (Bunbury), ABC South Western Victoria (Warrnambool), ABC Southern Queensland, Toowoomba), ABC Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), ABC Tropical North (Mackay), ABC Upper Hunter (Muswellbrook), ABC Western Plains NSW (Dubbo), ABC Western Queensland (Longreach), ABC Western Victoria (Horsham), ABC Wide Bay (Bundaberg)


Will workers be safer through an expansion of Comcare?, 23 February 2015


Child abuse legal time limits to be lifted in Victoria

WA Today, 23 February 2015

Also published in the Courier Mail, Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Border Mail, Brisbane Times, Bendigo Advertiser, Mail Times, The Standard, The Courier


Insurers back WA no-fault CTP, 23 February 2015


Child sex abuse claim time limits to go in Victoria

ABC Online, 23 February 2015


Jokowi spilling blood will do nothing to hinder the drug trade

Hobart Mercury, 23 February 2015


The Federal Government's proposed anti-terrorist data retention laws are driven by deflection politics

891 ABC Adelaide, 22 February 2015

Also broadcast on ABC 105.7, 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), 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), ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs)



Brisbane Legal, 16 February 2015


Save the children… or not

Lawyers Weekly, 16 February 2015


Asylum seeker lawyers win ALA award

Lawyers Weekly, 16 February 2015


Potential execution of two of the Bali Nine

936 ABC Hobart, 16 February 2015


Abbott's terror comments could prejudice trial

ABC's The Drum, 13 February 2015


Legal experts defend Human Rights Commission​

Australian Financial Review, 13 February 2015


PM's parliamentary comments may affect terror trial

ABC NewsRadio (Melbourne), 13 February 2015

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)


Federal Government will face massive legal issues if it continues to keep children in detention

HO FM, 13 February 2015

Also broadcast on 7LA (Launceston), 1071 AM (Kingaroy), 4LG (Longreach)


ALA supports a Royal Commission into the children of asylum seekers being held in detention

Radio 4BC, 13 February 2015

Also broadcast on Radio 4KZ (Innisfail),, 3AW, 6PR, 6iX (Perth), HOT FM 91.1, Zinc FM Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), 5AA


Lost the battle, but won the war

Brisbane Legal, 13 February 2015


International trade expert says looming execution of Bali nine pair won't damage agricultural trade relations with Indonesia’

ABC Rural, 11 February 2015


West Timor awaits Abbott Montara response

SBS, 9 February 2015

Also reported in The Sydney Morning Herald


Better one term of radical reform than an age of populist inertia

Hobart Mercury, 9 February 2015


Tas Government has dumped plans for new defamation laws

Southern Cross TV Hobart, 5 February


Big win for free speech

Hobart Mercury, 5 February 2015


‘Bali Two’ executions could set back Australia-Indonesia relations

The Conversation, 4 February 2015


Bali Nine death penalty

ABC NewsRadio, 2 February 2015

Also broadcast on ABC NewsRadio (Adelaide), ABC NewsRadio (Brisbane), ABC NewsRadio (Canberra), ABC NewsRadio (Gold Coast), ABC NewsRadio (Melbourne), ABC NewsRadio (Newcastle), ABC NewsRadio (Perth)


Will Greste find press freedom here at home?

ABC's The Drum, 2 February 2015


A failed deterrent: Tackling the death penalty in Asia

Policy Forum, 1 February 2015