Media coverage, May 2015

1st May 2015

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


Detention centre doctors risk jail if they speak out, 29 May 2015


Doctors face jail for reporting asylum seeker abuse

Australian Doctor, 29 May 2015


Feds ‘Iron Curtain of Secrecy’ Around Detention Centres

Pro Bono News, 28 May 2015


‘Paperless’ death in custody shows lack of police accountability

Alice Springs News, 28 May 2015


Border Force Act: detention secrecy just got worse

ABC's The Drum, 28 May 2015


Comcare responds to attacks

The Mandarin, 25 May 2015


Lawyers warn NIIS threatens legal rights, 25 May 2015


Prisoner may go to mother's funeral

Hobart Mercury, 25 May 2015


Class action planned over Montara oil spill

Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2015

Also published in the Sunday Age, WA Today, St George and Sutherland Shire Leader


The Pell Tolls

The Saturday Newspaper, 23 May 2015


Safety inspectorate expanding with licensing changes

OHS Alert, 22 May 2015


Dear Mrs Petrusma: This decision is short-sighted

Tasmanian Times, 22 May 2015


Comcare widening plans raise fears

Canberra Times, 21 May 2015


Expansion of Comcare will threaten workers' safety, says Australian Lawyers Alliance

Sydney Morning Herald, 20 May 2015


ALA extremely concerned by reports the Federal Government is considering stripping Australian citizenship from people accused of involvement in alleged terrorism

SBS Ethnic Radio, 20 May 2015


Split on violence orders

Hobart Mercury, 20 May 2015


Australia's duty of care to detainees on Nauru can't be outsourced

The Guardian, 20 May 2015


Baby Gammy's biological father has been accused of trying to access donations

Ten West WA (Albany), 19 May 2015

Also broadcast on 29 other television channels


The biological father of baby Gammy, has been accused of trying to access donations raised for the Thai Down syndrome baby 

Channel 10 (Perth), 19 May 2015

Also broadcast on 28 other television channels


Lawyers doubt viability of govt scheme

Lawyers Weekly, 18 May 2015


Public sector managers fear Comcare stress claims, 18 May 2015


Government must get out of the way of bold new market

Hobart Mercury, 18 May 2015


PNG denies mission talk

Newcastle Herald, 15 May 2015


New Nauru law 'disturbing'

Illawarra Mercury, 15 May 2015


Code 'undemocratic'

Northern Territory News, 15 May 2015


Eric Abetz snubs Comcare cover for special parliamentarians' scheme

Canberra Times, 14 May 2015

Also published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Today


Pressure Nauru on new laws, Aust urged

Daily Mail Australia, 14 May 2015

Also published on AAP newswire,


Interview about the situation surrounding Wikileaks' Julian Assange 

ABC Radio Gold Coast, 13 May 2015


Nauru asylum seekers could face jail for protesting conditions under new law

The Guardian, 13 May 2015


Now is the time for Australia to finally stick up for Julian Assange

ABC's The Drum, 13 May 2015


In pursuit of civility and the lost art of political moderation

Hobart Mercury, 11 May 2015


Lloyd Rayney pays price for innocence

Sunday Times (Perth), 10 May 2015


'Clarity' in psych compo changes

The Australian, 6 May 2015


Australia Trashes Free Speech – SBS Sacks Journalist Scott McIntyre Over Anti-War Tweets, 4 May 2015


AFP response to the Bali Nine executions

Radio Adelaide, 4 May 2015

Also broadcast on 104.7 Gippsland FM (Morwell), 2ARM (Armidale), 2BOB (Taree), 2HOT (Cobar), 2MCE (Orange), 2MCR (Campbelltown), 2MIA (Griffith), 2NCR (Lismore), 2NUR (Newcastle), 2SER FM (Sydney), 2TLC (Maclean), 2VM (Moree), 2XX FM (Canberra), 2YOU FM (Tamworth), 3MGB (Mallacoota), 3REG (Bairnsdale), 4BCB (Blackwater), 4CRM (Mackay), 4GEM (Bowen), 4K1G (Townsville), 4MIG (Mt Isa), 4RRR (Roma), 4TOF (Cunnamulla), 4US (Rockhampton), 5GTR (Mt Gambier), 5RRR (Woomera), 5THE (Millicent), 98.9FM (Brisbane), BAY FM (Byron Bay), BLU FM 89.1 (Katoomba), CAAMA Radio (Alice Springs), CUZ FM (Bourke), EM FM (Echuca), Eurbodalla Radio (Moruya), FBi Radio (Sydney), Gove FM (Nhulunbuy), Hobart FM (Hobart), KIX FM (Kingscote), MOB FM (Mt Isa), NineFourOne (Wollongong), North West FM (Richmond), Oak FM (Wangaratta), Radio Goolarri (Broome), Radio Larrakia (Darwin), Radio Nag (Yeppoon), Stereo 974 (Sunshine), Tank Radio (Kempsey), TEN73 Border FM (Albury), Triple C FM (Bendigo), Triple U (Nowra), UG FM (Alexandra)


WA government is committed to the no-fault insurance scenario

Radio 6PR Perth, 4 May 2015


State should get out of the forest industry

Hobart Mercury, 4 May 2015


ALA calling on government to retain lump sum payment in no fault insurance scheme

ABC Kimberley WA, 3 May 2015

Also broadcast on 720 ABC Perth, Radio National (Perth)


Insurance system is not broken: ALA

ABC South West WA, 3 May 2015

Also broadcast on ABC Northwest WA, ABC Mid West WA


WA Government urged to release no fault insurance detail

ABC Goldfields WA, 3 May 2015


Footage of ‘suicide by cops’ freely available online as police seek transparency

Herald Sun, 1 May 2015

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