Media coverage, May 2017

1st May 2017

Just some of the media coverage generated by the Australian Lawyers Alliance or its members during the month of May 2017.

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.

***, 'How we are failing mentally ill prisoners', 31 May 2017 

Channel 9 Perth, 'Boxer Danny Green has warned of a wave of vigilantism by people fed up with weak penalties for serious assaults', 30 May 2017 

Also published on West Digital Television (Albany)

Southern Cross Tassmania, 'The State Government has revealed plans to change how dangerous driving offences are treated.', 30 May 2017 

The Guardian, 'Human rights', 30 May 2017

Radio 5AA, 'Interview with Tony Kerin, lawyer, Maurice Blackburn. Byner recalls that yesterday, they have discussed the incidents of expulsions and suspensions in schools', 30 May 2017

Also broadcast on 5AU (Port Augusta), 5CS (Port Pirie), 5RM (Berri)

Sunday Times, 'Crime crowd-pleasers Labor's suit', 28 May 2017

Burnie Advocate, 'Prison baby unit welcome', 27 May 2017

ABC Radio Adelaide, 'Interview with Tony Kerin from the Law Society of SA on the legal situation surrounding drug legalisation.', 24 May 2017

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)

Tasmanian Times, 'Mandatory sentencing not the answer', 23 May 2017, 'What Cassie Sainsbury’s family should have done instead of speaking to the media.', 22 May 2017

Channel 10 The Project, 'Barns notes that Sainsbury has given statement to Colombian police, assisted by the Australian Federal Police', 22 May 2017

Also broadcast on Channel 10 (Perth), Channel 10 (Sydney), Southern Cross Cairns (Cairns), Ten Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), Ten Darwin (Darwin), Ten Gold Coast (Gold Coast), Ten Lismore (Lismore), Ten Newcastle (Newcastle), Ten Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Coast), Ten Tamworth (Tamworth), Ten Taree (Port Macquarie), West Digital Television (Albany), 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 Riverland (Berri), 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)

Lawyers Weekly, 'Vic legal service recognised for youth advocacy', 22 May 2017

Sky News live (Sydney), 'Julian Assange, Founder, Wikileaks, has had his rape charges against him dropped by Swedish prosecutors', 21 May 2017

Also broadcast on Sky News Live (Adelaide), Sky News Live (Brisbane), Sky News Live (Canberra), Sky News Live (Melbourne), Sky News Live (Perth), Sky News Live (Regional NSW), Sky News Live (Regional Queensland), Sky News Live (Regional Victoria), Sky News Live (Tasmania)

Sunday Examiner, 'Assange's team calls on Turnbull to intervene', 21 May 2017

SUNDAY TASMANIAN, 'I won't forget or forgive: Assange', 21 May 2017

Sky News (Sydney), 'Interview with Greg Barnes, Tasmanian lawyer, on Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, welcoming the decision of a Swedish court to drop a rape investigation against him', 20 May 2017

Also broadcast on Sky News Live (Adelaide), Sky News Live (Brisbane), Sky News Live (Canberra), Sky News Live (Melbourne), Sky News Live (Perth), Sky News Live (Regional NSW), Sky News Live (Regional Queensland), Sky News Live (Regional Victoria), Sky News Live (Tasmania)

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Sweden drops Assange rape investigation', 20 May 2017

Lawyers Weekly, 'New report airs UN special rapporteur’s concerns', 19 May 2017, 'Centrelink bosses return to Senate inquiry', 18 May 2017

Yahoo News, 'UN and human rights groups condemn campaign to punish Manus Island men', 17 May 2017

Guardian Australia, 'UN and human rights groups condemn campaign to punish Manus Island men', 17 May 2017

7LAA, 'Student petition to have a PhD student, who is a convicted sex offender, banned from the University of Tasmania', 17 May 2017

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

ABC online, 'University students petition against sex offender Nicolaas Bester's presence on campus', 16 May 2017

ABC Tv Hobart, 'A petition calling for the University of Tasmania to ban a PhD student with a history of sex offending from its campuses has reached more than 1,500 signatures', 16 May 2017

WIN Hobart, 'More than 1,600 people have signed an online petition calling for convicted paedophile and former private school teacher Nicolaas Bester to be banned from studying', 16 May 2017

ABC Radio Hobart, 'Police body cameras welcomed but concerns raised over privacy and misuse', 16 May 2017

ABC Radio Hobart, 'Former prisoners are entitled to pursue a study', 16 May 2017

Hobart Mercury, 'Keep an open mind on city building height', 15 May 2017

Sunday Times, 'Why we have a duty to HELP Cassie', 14 May 2017

The Age, 'Budget 2017: 'Based on love': Malcolm Turnbull defends welfare drug test', 12 May 2017

Adelaide Advertiser, 'Inquest adjourned for expert', 12 May 2017

The Age, 'Lawyers query whether welfare drug tests are legal', 12 May 2017

Also published in Sydney Morning Herald

WA Today, 'Budget 2017: Lawyers question whether welfare drug tests are legal', 12 May 2017

ABC Radio Hobart, 'Jacqui Lambie won't be supporting the trial of compulsory drug testing for recipients of welfare', 11 May 2017

Jurist, 'Australia's Forcible Deportations of Unwell Asylum Seekers: Legal Obligations', 10 May 2017

Channel 10 Adelaide, 'A coronial inquest has today heard that the death of 14yo Barossa Valley teenager Ike Zerk, who collapsed on a football field, could have been avoided', 9 May 2017

Geelong Advertiser, 'Tragedy prompts tougher bail laws', 9 May 2017

ABC Radio Hobart, 'Greg Barns explains what blasphemy is', 8 May 2017

Shepparton News, 'Victorian bail laws to get more onerous', 8 May 2017

Adelaide Advertiser, 'Police to control use of cameras', 8 May 2017

Adelaide Advertiser, 'Cops in the frame', 8 May 2017, 'Indonesia's seeks $2.6b over Montara spill', 5 May 2017

Southern Cross Tasmania, 'The who rape victims under the age of 17 could soon face a minimum mandatory sentence of four years in prison', 3 May 2017

Radio NZ, 'Parliament 'treated with contempt' over Nauru, Manus', 2 May 2017

Radio 4BC, 'Davis briefly tackles Compulsory Third Party Insurance protocols in Queensland', (Rod Hodgson interview) 1 May 2017

Hobart Mercury, 'Double standards in attack on Muslim woman's commments', 1 May 2017

Courier Mail, 'Allianz rejects CTP plan to hit risk drivers', 1 May 2017