Media coverage, March 2018

1st Mar 2018

Just some of the media coverage generated by the Australian Lawyers Alliance or its members during the month of March, 2018.

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.


Channel Ten The Project, 'UK - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has had his internet access suspended by the Ecuadorian Embassy in London', 29 March 2018 

Also broadcast on Channel 10 (Adelaide), Channel 10 (Perth), Channel 10 (Sydney), Southern Cross Cairns (Cairns), Ten Darwin (Darwin), Ten Gold Coast (Gold Coast), Ten Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), West Digital Television (Albany), WIN Albury (Albury), WIN Ballarat (Ballarat), WIN Bendigo (Bendigo), WIN Cairns (Cairns), WIN Canberra (Canberra), WIN Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), WIN Dubbo (Dubbo), WIN Gippsland (Sale), WIN Griffith (Griffith), WIN Hobart (Hobart), WIN Lismore (Lismore), WIN Mackay (Mackay), WIN Mildura (Mildura), WIN Newcastle (Newcastle), WIN Orange (Orange), WIN Riverland (Berri), WIN Rockhampton (Rockhampton), WIN Shepparton (Shepparton), WIN Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), WIN Tamworth (Tamworth), WIN Taree (Port Macquarie), WIN Toowoomba (Toowoomba), WIN Townsville (Townsville), WIN Wagga (Wagga Wagga), WIN Western Australia (Perth), WIN Wide Bay (Bundaberg), WIN Wollongong (Wollongong)

ABC News Melbourne, 'Interview with Greg Barns, adviser to Julian Assange', 29 March 2018

Also broadcast on ABC News (Adelaide), ABC News (Brisbane), ABC News (Canberra), ABC News (Gold Coast), ABC News (Newcastle), ABC News (Perth), ABC News (Sydney)

Guardian Australia, 'Immigration warns child abuse redress for temporary visa holders a 'significant' cost', 29 March 2018

Lawyers Weekly, 'ALA slams Dutton’s ‘power grab’ on visa cancellations', 20 March 2018

Channel 7 Perth, 'There are calls for a Royal Commission into WA Police sparked by a convicted killer's fresh bid for freedom', 18 March 2018

Also broadcast on GWN7 (Perth)

ABC Radio Australia, 'Peter Dutton's use of'civilised' is an insult and sounds a lot like Donald Trump: commentators', 17 March 2018

The Australian, 'Malcolm Turnbull refuses to back Peter Dutton over South Africa comments', 17 March 2018

Crikey, 'Dutton fundamentally misunderstands the ‘plight’ of white farmers in South Africa', 15 March 2018

2SM, 'Maurice Blackburn Abuse Law Principal Michelle James says the Turnbull Government should give the recommended compensation following the national redress scheme', 15 March 2018

Also broadcast on 2AD (Armidale), 2DU (Dubbo), 2EL (Orange), 2GF (Grafton), 2HD (Newcastle), 2LM (Lismore), 2MG (Mudgee), 2MO (Gunnedah), 2NZ (Inverell), 2PK (Parkes), 2TM (Tamworth), 2VM (Moree)

mysunshinecoast, 'Feds go for lowest common denominator approach in delivering redress for abuse survivors', 15 March 2018

2SM, 'The Turnbull government is under fire for ignoring the recommendation of the Royal Commission into sexual abuse', 15 March 2018

Also broadcast on 2AD (Armidale), 2DU (Dubbo), 2EL (Orange), 2GF (Grafton), 2HD (Newcastle), 2LM (Lismore), 2MG (Mudgee), 2MO (Gunnedah), 2NZ (Inverell), 2PK (Parkes), 2TM (Tamworth), 2VM (Moree), Triple Z (Lismore)

Lawyers Weekly, 'Firm lashes out at Canberra’s ‘farcical’ national redress scheme', 15 March 2018

Lawyers Weekly, 'Abuse survivors not eligible for justice: Aus Lawyers Alliance', 13 March 2018

Hobart Mercury, 'Liberal Government's post-election hubris on election advertising could be its own undoing', 12 March 2018

Crikey, 'Is Germany building a case to charge Australian ministers for crimes against humanity?', 9 March 2018

ABC Radio Hobart, 'There are calls for Tasmanian political parties to be held to higher standards in disclosing pre-election promises', 8 March 2018

Also broadcast on Radio National (Hobart), ABC TV News

ABC Radio Hobart, 'Hobart Lawyer Greg Barns is calling for an overhaul of the rules governing election commitments and costings, following Premier Will Hodgman's admission that only 100 of the party's 300 policies were published on its website before Saturday's election', 8 March 2018

Also broadcast on Radio National (Hobart)

ABC Radio Hobart, 'Saunders talks about the policies the Hodgman government has just recently released. Barns says he has never seen something like it anywhere. He says this is another nail in the coffin for democracy in Tasmania', 8 March 2018

Also broadcast on ABC Northern Tasmania (Launceston)

ABC Radio Canberra, 'Rejected asylum seekers from Manus Island are being told it is too dangerous for them to return to their countries of origin but that they are also not allowed to stay in PNG', 7 March 2018

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

Gladstone Observer, 'Nauru mould takes toll on staff', 6 March 2018

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

Herald Sun, 'Dishonest, unfair campaign yet another nail in the coffin for democracy', 5 March 2018

SBS, 'Comcare monitoring Nauru mould scandal', 5 March 2018

Also published in Yarrawonga Chronicle, Illawarra Mercury

Radio 5AA, 'Coroner Mark John has found 14yo Ike Zerk, who died on a football field in the Barossa Valley in March three years ago, would've been alive if his cardiologist, Phillip Adams, had double-checked his test results', 2 March 2018

Also broadcast on 5AU (Port Augusta), 5MU (Murray Bridge)

Channel 10 Adelaide, 'State Coroner Mark Johns has found cardiologist Dr Phillip Adams' follow-up phone call to an interstate surgical team would’ve saved the life of Ike Zerk, a 14yo boy who died from a heart attack at football training', 2 March 2018

Also broadcast on Ten Darwin (Darwin), WIN Riverland (Berri)

Channel 7 Adelaide, 'State Coroner Mark Johns has found the life of teenager Ike Zerk who had a heart condition and died at football training at Williamstown Oval could have been saved if his doctor had made a follow-up call to specialists', 2 March 2018.

Also broadcast on Central GTS/BKN Port Lincoln (Port Lincoln), Central GTS/BKN Port Pirie (Spencer Gulf), Southern Cross GTS/BKN Broken Hill (Port Pirie), Channel 9 Adelaide, Channel 9 Darwin (Darwin), Imparja Alice Springs (Alice Springs)

ABC Radio Adelaide, 'State Coroner Mark Johns has found the life of teenager Ike Zerk who had a heart condition and died at football training at Williamstown Oval could have been saved if his doctor had made a follow-up call to specialists', 2 March 2018.

Also broadcast on  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), Radio National (Adelaide), ABC Radio Darwin, ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs)