Media coverage, November 2016

1st Nov 2016

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


ABC Radio National (Canberra), Call for the Andrews Government to abandon the policy of moving young offenders into an adult prison, 30 November 2016

Also broadcast on 105.7 ABC Darwin (Darwin), 612 ABC Brisbane (Brisbane), 666 ABC Canberra (Canberra), 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), 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), Radio National (Adelaide), Radio National (Brisbane), Radio National (Darwin), Radio National (Hobart), Radio National (Melbourne), Radio National (Perth), Radio National (Sydney)

Radio 3AWMitchell says the Victorian Government has agreed, after the Aboriginal Legal Service threatened legal action, that Aboriginal juvenile offenders do not have to go to prison while other offenders do, 30 November 2016

Also broadcast on 2AY (Albury), 3CS (Colac)

Adelaide Advertiser, DNA sample is not yours once SA has it, 29 November 2016

Hobart MercuryBig chance to cast off failed justice policies, 27 November 2016

Newcastle Herald, Survivor says criminal justice system needs to respond to child sexual abuse cases, 27 November 2016

Sunday TimesHow to get my law and order vote, 27 November 2016

Perth Now, Perth man's nightmare at hands of Bali bouncers, 27 November 2016

Daily MailDid revenge spark Melbourne's youth prison riot? Teenage prisoners 'broke into sex offender's cell and threatened to kill him with an angle grinder' after discovering his criminal past, 22 November 2016

GWN 7Extra cash to guard violent Vic teens, 22 November 2016

Also broadcast on Prime 7

Herald SunVic teens 'shouldn't be in adult jail', 22 November 2016

Daily MailYouth prisoners who sparked a riot WON'T be moved to a maximum-security jail as punishment - because it would 'breach their human rights', 22 November 2016

Canberra TimesParkville rioters: Human Rights Legal Centre launches injunction to stop juveniles being sent to adult jail, 21 November 2016

Hobart MercuryNew planning puts wilderness edge in danger, 21 November 2016

Hobart Mercury, Win for abuse victims, 21 November 2016

SBS World News AustraliaSouth African family ordered to leave Australia before Christmas, 18 November 2016

Shepparton NewsTeens to be moved, 18 November 2016 

774 ABC MelbourneInterview with Greg Barns, Australian Lawyers Alliance. Barns says it's up to courts to punish people, not populist politicians, 17 November 2016 

Also broadcast on ABC Ballarat (Ballarat)

Herald SunVic riot teens need to break cycle: union, 17 November 2016 

MamamiaSix important questions about the refugee US resettlement deal that need to be answered, 17 November 2016 

Radio 3AW,  Human rights advocates say the Andrews Government's decision to send young offenders to Victoria's high security Barwon Prison is appalling (Greg Barns interview), 17 November 2016 

Also broadcast on 2AY (Albury), 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)

Geelong AdvertiserRioting Vic teenagers sent to adult jail, 17 November 2016 

Radio 2GB (Sydney), Ray Hadley says more than 40 teenagers are being moved to Vic's maximum security adult prison because of rights in a Melbourne juvenile justice centre, 17 November 2016 

Also broadcast on 1071 AM (Kingaroy), 2BS (Bathurst), 2CC (Canberra), 2GN (Goulburn), 2RG (Griffith), 2XL (Cooma), 4BC (Brisbane), 4GC (Charters Towers), 4K1G (Townsville), 4LG (Longreach), 4RO (Rockhampton), 4VL (Charleville), 4ZR (Roma), Radio 4KZ (Innisfail), Triple M Central West (Orange), Triple M Coffs Coast (Coffs Harbour), Triple M Darling Downs (Toowoomba), Triple M Mid North Coast (Port Macquarie), Triple M Riverina (Wagga Wagga), Triple M Sunraysia (Mildura), Zinc 666 (Mt Isa)

 Radio SEN, Jenny Mikakos, Victorian Minister for Children, has admitted young offenders are being moved to Barwon Prison to enable upgrades of the Parkville Youth Justice facility after weekend riots (Greg Barns interview), 17 November 2016 

Also broadcast on 1377 3MP (Melbourne), 3AW (Melbourne), 2AY (Albury), 3BA FM (Ballarat), 3CS (Colac), 3NE (Wangaratta), 3SH (Swan Hill), 3WM (Horsham), 3YB (Warrnambool), Coast FM (Warrnambool), Magic 1278 (Melbourne), Mixx FM Hamilton (Hamilton), Mixx FM Horsham (Horsham)

Radio 3AW, The Vic government just announced that part of the Barwon Prison will be used as a juvenile detention facility (Greg Barns interview), 17 November 2016  

Also broadcast on 2AY (Albury), 3CS (Colac)

ABC, Manus Island, Nauru refugees could wait months before being resettled in the US under new deal, 17 November 2016

Australasian LawyerBoom in Qld class action activity seen, 16 November 2016 

7LA Launceston, Legalising marijuana is sensible drug policy and sensible economic policy (Greg Barns interview), 16 November 2016 

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

ABC Central Victoria (Bendigo), Interview with Greg Barnes, Spokesperson, Australian Lawyers Alliance, about the sending juvenile offenders to adult prisons, 16 November 2016 

Radio AustraliaEffectiveness of Tasmania's mandatory sentencing for child abuse crimes questioned (Henry Pill interview), 16 November 2016 

936 ABC Hobart, The Sexual Assault Support Service says judges would need to have compelling justification to stray from a minimum sentence for a sex offence against a child (Henry Pill interview), 16 November 2016 

Also broadcast on Radio National (Hobart)

936 ABC HobartThe Sentencing Advisory Council has recommended the Government to introduce a minimum sentence of four years for a rape of a person under 17yo (Henry Pill interview), 16 November 2016

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

The AgeAndrews 'not sorry' to jail teen rioters, 15 November 2016

WA TodayForty teenage juvenile prisoners to be sent to adult jail, 15 November 2016

Lawyers WeeklyQld class action regime welcomed, 15 November 2016

Sydney Morning HeraldLeft hero Assange claimed by right, 15 November 2016

The AgeTurnbull's attack on 18C case based on a serious error, 13 November 2016

Also published in the Canberra Times

Adelaide Advertiser, Lawyers call for an independent review before anti-consorting laws aimed at bikies are created, 10 November 2016

HOFMThe Federal Government is making assurances Australia will be fine during a Donald Trump presidency (Greg Barns interview), 10 November 2016

Also broadcast on 7LA (Launceston)

ABC News 24 (Melbourne)Interview with Greg Barns, Barrister, to discuss the Vic Government's 'no body, no parole' laws, 8 November 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)

SBS Viceland (Sydney)Interview with Greg Barns, Advisor to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, 8 November 2016

Also broadcast on SBS VICELAND (Adelaide), SBS VICELAND (Brisbane), SBS VICELAND (Canberra), SBS VICELAND (Hobart), SBS VICELAND (Melbourne), SBS VICELAND (Perth), SBS VICELAND (Regional NSW), SBS VICELAND (Regional Queensland), SBS VICELAND (Regional Victoria), SBS VICELAND (Regional West Australia)

Insurance business onlineInsurers and lawyers do battle over car-injury insurance system, 7 November 2016

Sydney Morning HeraldContinuing Detention Orders: When courts try to predict the future, we're in a legal twilight zone, 7 November 2016

Hobart MercuryA study in economic, social benefit, 7 November 2016

Courier MailProfits spat hits injury insurers, 7 November 2016

The GuardianShorten says proposed lifetime ban on asylum seekers is to appease right wing, 6 November 2016

Courier MailQld CTP insurance review: Lawyers clash with insurers over costs of scheme, 6 November 2016

Green Left WeeklyHerald Sun vilifies unemployed — again, 5 November 2016

Tasmanian TimesTassie VIPs speak out against weakening of hate speech laws, 5 November 2016

West AustralianStates must take part in redress: Fox, 5 November 2016

ABC OnlineChild sex abuse redress scheme finally gives survivors the respect they deserve, 5 November 2016

Weekend WestSupport for law to keep terrorists in jail longer, 5 November 2016

Sydney Morning HeraldBaird government's plan to axe green slip insurers' 'super profits' amid reforms, 4 November 2016

ABC Radio IllawarraCall for a financial services royal commission, 3 November 2016

SBSLatest Government asylum move draws strong reactions, 1 November 2016

Lawyers Weekly, Turnbull's asylum seeker ban 'adds another layer of cruelty', says legal body, 1 November 2016

JuristHiding Torture Beyond Borders: Australia and Offshore Asylum Processing, 1 November 2016

Hobart Mercury'Dry cell' prisoner handling deplored, 1 November 2016