Media coverage, January 2015

1st Jan 2015

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


Changes to Qld workers compensation

Radio 4BC, 31 January 2015


Free speech, privacy concerns raised about anti-terrorism bill's internet clauses

CBC News, 31 January 2015


Indefinite sentences are problematic

Radio 3AW, 28 January 2015

Also broadcast on 2AY (Albury), 3CS (Colac)


ALA keen to protect worker’s rights

Radio 2MCE, 26 January 2015

Also broadcast on 100.9 FM (Albany), 104.7 Gippsland FM (Morwell), 105.1 FM Caboolture (Caboolture), 2BOB (Taree), 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), 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), Eurobodalla 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), QbynFM (Canberra), 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)


Don't appease Indonesia on death penalty

ABC The Drum, 26 January 2015


Victoria's prisoner return rate soars

The Age, 24 January 2015


Inside Peter Dutton’s asylum-seeker endgame

Herald Sun, 24 January 2015


Abuse compensation priority for commission

Daily Mail, 23 January 2015

Also published on AAP, Daily Advertiser


The quashing of Henry Keogh's conviction for the murder of Anna-Jane Cheney 

Channel 7 Adelaide, 22 January 2015


Politicians criticise 'secrecy-at-any-cost' attempts to uncover journalists' sources

The Guardian, 22 January 2015


‘Armchair’ activist retreats after supporting Manus Island asylum riots

The Australian. 21 January 2015


Cost of Manus is too high on every level

Herald Sun, 21 January 2015


Big changes to unwieldy WorkCover beast may get it off its own life support system in 2015

Adelaide Advertiser, 21 January 2015


Western cultural elitism blinds us to Nigerian slaughter

Hobart Mercury, 19 January 2015


Manus Island detainees a 'danger to staff' 

The Australian, 19 January 2015


ABA joins legal condemnation of PM

Lawyers Weekly, 19 January 2015


Fears cerebral palsy sufferers wont be able to sue under new scheme

Canberra Times, 17 January 2015

Also published in the Brisbane Times


ALA tells politicans to back off

Lawyers Weekly, 16 January 2015


Cerebral palsy sufferers locked out of insurance scheme

The Australian, 16 January 2015


Interview: Calls for the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment from the Federal Government to apply to domestic terrorism

ABC Radio 774, 13 January 2015

Also broadcast on 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)


Tassie must stake its claim as a haven

Hobart Mercury, 12 January 2015


Editorial: Laws would stain state

Hobart Mercury, 12 January 2015


State Government’s planned defamation laws spark national backlash

Hobart Mercury, 11 January 2015

Also published on


After all this carnage, deniers of terrorism still don't get it

Sunday Territorian, 11 January 2015

Also published in the Sunday Mail


Tram and bus braking causing serious injuries

The Age, 10 January 2015

Also published in WA Today


Ministers unite against Gillian Triggs on wife killer John Basikbasik

The Australian, 8 January 2015


Calls for legalisation of illicit drugs

Radio 3AW, 7 January 2015

(Hotlink also contains audio file of interview)


State must abandon failed policies

Sydney Morning Herald, 7 January 2015

Also published in The Age, Brisbane Times, the Warrnambool Standard


Are wearable police cameras a good idea?

ABC's The Drum, 5 January 2015


Take appeal power off A-G: McCusker

Perth Now, 5 January 2015


Childhood a time of taking risks, but it’s the best way to learn

Hobart Mercury, 5 January 2015


Sentencing and victim impact statements

Radio 6PR (Interview with Tom Percy), 4 January 2015


Henry Keogh decision shows judicial decisions must be left to judges, not politicians 

Sunday Times, 4 January 2015


Issues around citizen's arrest

ABC 702, 2 January 2015

Also broadcast on 105.7 ABC Darwin (Darwin), 612 ABC Brisbane (Brisbane), 666 ABC Canberra (Canberra), 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 Coast (Erina), 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 Great Southern WA (Wagin), 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)


Miss Dhu a reminder of long way yet to go

The Australian, 1 January 2015


Christmas tear. Season of ill-will 

Noseweek, 1 January 2015