Media coverage, March 2015

1st Mar 2015

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


Big end of town wanted Comcare gutted

Namoi Valley Independent, 31 March 2015

Also published in the Merimbula News


Are we too precious about our approach to drugs in sport?

PerthNow, 30 March 2015


Anti-terrorism laws have made our nation a security state

Hobart Mercury, 30 March 2015


National firm poaches SA veteran for new office 

Lawyers Weekly, 30 March 2015


Blood from a stone folly

Sunday Tasmanian, 29 March 2015



Sunday Times, 29 March 2015


Hundreds of bikies have united in a show of force

Channel Nine News, Perth, 28 March 2015

Also broadcast on WIN Western Australia (Perth)


Report on the Child Abuse Royal Commission

ABC Radio National Canberra, 27 March 2015

Also broadcast on Radio National (Adelaide), Radio National (Brisbane), Radio National (Darwin), Radio National (Hobart), Radio National (Melbourne), Radio National (Newcastle), Radio National (Perth), Radio National (Sydney), 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 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)m 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)


ALA ‘extremely disappointed’ by child abuse compo rejection 

Lawyers Weekly, 27 March 2015



Brisbane Legal, 27 March 2015


All eyes on Aust's beef with the bishop’

Daily Mail Australia, 26 March 2015


Will Comcare overhaul help ease premium costs for agencies?

The Mandarin, 26 March 2015


The Australian Lawyers Alliance has spoken out against the Federal Government's proposed changes to Comcare

666 ABC Canberra, 26 March 2015

Also broadcast on Radio National (Canberra), 936 ABC Hobart, ABC Northern Tasmania (Launceston), Radio National (Hobart), Radio national (Adelaide)


Comcare faces widespread changes to 'modernise' public service workers' compensation

ABC News online, 26 March 2015


Crims owe state $2m in levies

Hobart Mercury, 26 March 2015


Govt crackdown on PS compo

Canberra Times, 26 March 2015


Public servants stripped of compo rights in Comcare crackdown

Sydney Morning Herald, 25 March 2015

Also published in the Namoi Valley Independent


WA mulls changes to car insurance

Autotalk, 24 March 2015


Moss Review: lawyers say Comcare must ensure detention centre health and safety

The Mandarin, 24 march 2015


ALA warns of asylum seeker compo claims

Lawyers Weekly, 23 March 2015


Hard-line law and order policy fails to rehabilitate or cut crime

Hobart Mercury, 23 March 2015


Peter Dutton can ‘play God’ with refugees’ lives

Green Left Weekly, 21 March 2015


Rapes, sexual assault, drugs for favours in Australia's detention centre on Nauru: independent Moss review

Sydney Morning Herald, 20 March 2015

Also published in the Moyne Gazette, The Age


All eyes on Aust's beef with the bishop

Daily Mail Australia, 20 March 2015


Inquiry focus falls on scandal-hit Newcastle diocese

The Australian, 19 March 2015


Interview with Andrew Morrison SC, Australian Lawyers Alliance, about abuse. 

Radio National, Canberra, 18 March 2015

Also broadcast on Radio National (Adelaide), Radio National (Brisbane), Radio National (Darwin), Radio National (Hobart), Radio National (Melbourne), Radio National (Newcastle), Radio National (Perth), Radio National (Sydney)


The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson, who has been charged with concealing child sexual abuse

ABC 702 Sydney, 18 March 2015

Also broadcast on ABC Central Coast (Erina)


NSW Police have relied on a rarely used section of the crimes act to charge Adelaide's Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson

ABC Radio Newcastle, 18 March 2015

Also broadcast on ABC Upper Hunter (Muswellbrook), ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Mid North Coast (Taree), ABC North Coast NSW, ABC Illawarra


Victorians must resist police pressure to adopt bikie laws

Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 2015

Also published in WA Today, Brisbane Times


Julian Assange, Founder, WikiLeaks, has welcomed the decision by Swedish prosecutors 

SBS Ethnic Radio, 17 March 2015



PerthNow, 15 March 2015


Sorting the pulp fiction from fact

Hobart Mercury, 14 March 2015


Telling the truth about Kathy Jackson

Independent Australia, 13 March 2015


Sex offender's alleged online brag prompts class action from Tasmanian sexual assault advocate

ABC News online, 10 March 2015


The Australian Lawyers Alliance has described the class action being taken on behalf of all sexual abuse victims as 'over the top'.

936 ABC Hobart, 10 March 2015

Also broadcast on Radio National (Hobart)


The Lawyers' Alliance says it is appalled by the case of a Hobart sex offender

936 ABC Hobart, 10 March 2015

Also broadcast on Radio National (Hobart)


Tony Abbott: Australians 'sick of being lectured to' by United Nations, after report finds anti-torture breach

Sydney Morning Herald, 9 March 2015


SASS calls for major reform

The Examiner, 9 March 2015


Posts on Facebook by a convicted paedophile have prompted legal action

ABC TV Hobart, 9 March 2015


Class action aimed at restricting the online activities of convicted pedophiles is bound to fail

936 ABC Radio Hobart, 9 March 2015

Also broadcast on ABC Northern Tasmania (Launceston), Radio National (Hobart)


Northern suburbs light rail proposal little more than fantasy

Hobart Mercury, 9 March 2015


SA Government has announced a shake-up of the state's legal system

ABC TV News Adelaide, 7 March 2015


Can the ACT create better value workers compensation scheme?

The Mandarin, 6 March 2015


'Upsizing' not for Comcare: WorkSafe ACT cmr

Workers Compensation Report 1007, 3 March 2015


View from the Street: George Brandis stars in Censure & Censurability

The Age, 2 March 2015

Also published in the Sydney Morning Herald


More heroics from Triggs as she stays strong in face of bullies

Hobart Mercury, 2 March 2015


Abbott, leave Gillian Triggs alone

Lawyers Weekly, 1 March 2015


Legal challenge to refugee policy

Sunday Age, 1 March 2015

Also published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Warrnambool Standard