Media coverage, May 2016

1st May 2016

Just some of the media coverage generated by the Australian Lawyers Alliance or its members during the month of May 2016.

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.


Hobart Mercury, 'Taxpayers, consumers lose when we pander to dairy farmers', 29 May 2016

The Guardian, 'Pauline Hanson ready for her close up as One Nation given chance to rise again', 27 May 2016

891 ABC Adelaide, 'An inquiry might be needed to check if prisons are implementing the recommendations of Wayne Lines, SA Ombudsman, on the treatment of mentally ill prisoners', 26 May 2016, 'British Aussie Mum of Five Separated From Kids, Deported to UK Due to Criminal Past', 25 May 2016

Radio 774 Melbourne, 'The former head of mental health services for asylum seekers in Manus Island and perhaps Nauru had been subjected to AFP investigations.', 25 May 2016

Hobart Mercury, 'Plan for random prison searches', 25 May 2016

Yahoo UK & Ireland, 'Mother-of-five, who moved to Australia when she was two years old, faces deportation back to the UK', 24 May 2016

Radio 774 Melbourne, 'The federal police have been active in covering up government secrets about the situation on Manus Island', 24 May 2016

3AW Melbourne, 'A mother of five could be separated from her children if the Federal Government succeeds in deporting her to England over her criminal past', 24 May 2016

Also broadcast on AY (Albury), 3BA FM (Ballarat), 3CS (Colac), 3NE (Wangaratta), 3SH (Swan Hill), 3WM (Horsham), 3YB (Warrnambool), Coast FM (Warrnambool), Light FM (Melbourne), Magic 1278 (Melbourne), Mixx FM Hamilton (Hamilton), Mixx FM Horsham (Horsham), SEN (Melbourne), TR FM (Traralgon)

720 ABC Perth, 'Why after nearly two decades, WA has still got such a huge drug problem', 23 May 2016

Hobart Mercury, 'Weep for a free nation held hostage to fear and discrimination', 23 May 2016

PerthNow, 'Politicians blind to 'bizarre drug parade' in WA courts', 22 May 2016

ABC Online, 'Duncan Storrar's treatment by media sparks call to protect right to public debate', 20 May 2016

Probono Australia, 'NFPs Concerned Over Democracy', 20 May 2016

ABC News 24 (Sydney), 'Interview with Greg Barnes regarding the investigation of leaked documents about the NBN', 20 May 2016

Also broadcast on ABC News 24 (Adelaide), ABC News 24 (Brisbane), ABC News 24 (Canberra), ABC News 24 (Hobart), ABC News 24 (Melbourne), ABC News 24 (Perth), ABC News 24 (Regional NSW), ABC News 24 (Regional Queensland), ABC News 24 (Regional Victoria), ABC News 24 (Regional West Australia)

Macedon Ranges Guardian, 'Accident claims protocols changing', 20 May 2016

Yarrawonga Chronicle, 'Injured Victorians to benefit from improved TAC protocols', 18 May 2016

Radio 6PR, 'Interview with Tom Percy, QC about people getting assaulted on the football field', 17 May 2016

Radio 891 Adelaide, 'South Australian Council for Civil Liberties chair Claire O'Connor says the community needs to know how SA Police are using Long-Range Acoustic Devices which create a loud, piercing sound.', 17 May 2016

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)

Channel 7 (Adelaide), 'Hundreds of lawyers have protested against escalating cuts to Legal Aid', 16 May 2016

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)

Hobart Mercury, 'Campaign spin thwarting real democracy', 16 May 2016

Adelaide Advertiser, 'FEND FOR YOURSELF', 16 May 2016

Brisbane Times, 'Court to rule on forced radiotherapy treatment for Perth boy', 15 May 2016

Also published on Sydney Morning Herald, The Age

Radio 7LA, 'One of Tasmania's leading legal barristers is again pushing for the legalisation of cannabis', 12 May 2016

Also broadcast on 7AD (Devonport), 7BU (Burnie), 7SD (Scottsdale), HO FM (Hobart)

Radio 7LA, 'Interview with Greg Barns,about legalising cannabis', 12 May 2016

Also broadcast on 7AD (Devonport), 7BU (Burnie), 7SD (Scottsdale), HO FM (Hobart)

ABC Central Victoria, 'Interview with Greg Barns, Spokesperson, Australian Lawyers Alliance. Parker talks about the disendorsement of Fremantle Labor Candidate Chris Brown', 12 May 2016

Sunday Times, 'Court lacks 'timely' justice in shortage', 8 May 2016

WA Today'WA Attorney General should appoint more judges to reduce time to trial’, 7 May 2016

Radio 5AA, 'Interview with Tony Kerin, Managing Partner, Maurice Blackburn about CTP', 6 May 2016

Northern Daily Leader, 'Lawyers speak out about laws', 5 May 2016

Townsville Bulletin, 'Police to hold terror kids, 14', 5 May 2016

Barrier Daily Truth, 'Terror laws 'dictatorial', 5 May 2016

Channel 9 News (Perth), 'One of WA's most notorious criminals, Brenden Abbott is back behind bars’, 4 May 2016 

Also broadcast on Channel 9 (Adelaide), Channel 9 (Brisbane), Channel 9 (Perth), Channel 9 (Sydney), Channel 9 Darwin (Darwin), Channel 9 Gold Coast (Gold Coast North), GEM (Perth), GEM (Regional West Australia), Imparja Alice Springs (Alice Springs), Imparja Longreach (Longreach), Imparja Mt Isa (Mt Isa), NBN Central Coast (Gosford), NBN Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), NBN Gold Coast (Gold Coast), NBN Lismore (Lismore), NBN Moree (Upper Namoi), NBN Newcastle Hunter (Newcastle), NBN Tamworth (Tamworth), NBN Taree (Taree), WIN Albury (Albury), WIN Ballarat (Ballarat), WIN Bendigo (Bendigo), WIN Cairns (Cairns), WIN Canberra (Canberra), WIN Dubbo (Dubbo), WIN Gippsland (Sale), WIN Griffith (Griffith), WIN Hobart (Hobart), WIN Mackay (Mackay), WIN Mildura (Mildura), WIN Orange (Orange), WIN Rockhampton (Rockhampton), WIN Shepparton (Shepparton), WIN Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), WIN Toowoomba (Toowoomba), WIN Townsville (Townsville), WIN Wagga (Wagga Wagga), WIN Western Australia (Perth), WIN Wide Bay (Bundaberg), WIN Wollongong (Wollongong), WIN Western Australia (Perth), 

Ten Wollongong (Wollongong), 'Terror suspects as young as 14 will soon a maximum two weeks behind bars being interrogated without being charged', 4 May 2016

Also broadcast on Southern Cross Ten (Canberra), Ten Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), Ten Gold Coast (Gold Coast), Ten Lismore (Lismore), Ten Newcastle (Newcastle), Ten Tamworth (Tamworth), Ten Taree (Port Macquarie), Ten Wagga Wagga (Wagga Wagga)

Sky News, 'Baird's terror laws 'recipe for police abuse', 4 May 2016

Geelong Advertiser, 'Survivor Kate Moir speaks out about Australia’s worst serial killer couple 30 years on', 2 May 2016