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Law Report - Full program podcast

Informative, jargon-free stories about law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and legal culture. The Law Report makes the law accessible.

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Defamation in Australia and modern warfare and challenges for IHL

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30:00 +1100

A study finds that that the rich and famous are not the your usual plaintiffs when it comes to defamation cases. Nor are media companies the usual suspects when it comes to defending defamation claims. And in a time of conflict, defining what constitutes a cyber attack, a potential act of war, is tricky. So is international humanitarian law keeping up with the new battlefields of the 21st century?

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Debt and road tolls: the dilemma and solutions

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Toll fines are one of the major issues dealt with in Victorian and Queensland courts, with some debts as high as $200,000. Why are such massive debts accrued and what can be done about it?

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Do the walls have ears? Smart devices, privacy and the law

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:30:00 +1100

The Internet of Things are those objects that are connected to the web, such as home appliances, fitness or health devices, even some toys. But there is a dark side to this clever connectivity and data collection.

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ACT's unique approach to Family Violence Orders

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

In the ACT, mediation is mandatory if you are seeking a permanent order to keep a violent ex partner away. How does it work and how successful is this unique system?

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Neighbourhood tree disputes and the law

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Disputes between neighbours over trees are as common as they are personal, and can get so bad that some property owners sell up to avoid conflict.

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Damning report on treatment of prisoners with disabilities; The 'slayer rule' and elder abuse

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Human Rights Watch reports that prisoners with disabilities in Queensland and WA are particularly at risk of neglect and abuse. Also on the program, could an expanded American style 'slayer law', be a way to deter elder abuse?

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Federal court declares 'Dr Droop' bankrupt; Jewish divorce, the complicated nexus between religious and secular law

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +1100

After mulitiple run ins with regulators, the man behind the 'bonk longer' billboards has been declared bankrupt. And Gett recalcitrance, that's when a Jewish marriage falls apart and one spouse refuses to grant a religious divorce.

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Lloyd Rayney's defamation win and an alternative to medical negligence litigation

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

It's the second largest defamation damages payout in Australia. Why did the WA Supreme Court award Lloyd Rayney $2.6 million? Also, 'open disclosure', an alternative to costly and stressful medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Australia and early settler law

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

From the capital offence of stealing food to property rights and cases involving swine, an insight into how the First Fleeters managed to create what is now considered 'the land of the fair go'.

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Australia's first school lawyer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Meet the first in-house school lawyer in Australia. Vincent Shin provides legal advice to students and their families who attend a Victorian school.

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Health Justice Partnerships

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

Health Justice Partnerships provide legal help to hospital patients. We look at the collaboration between three major hospitals and Inner Melbourne Community Legal.

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South Australia's Gambling Court

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +1100

A visit to the first court in Australia to deal with criminal offenders with a gambling addiction.

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A civics education

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

A tour of Canberra exploring Australian democracy with St Kilda Primary School grade six students.

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Restorative Justice

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Only a small percentage of sexual assaults are reported to police and only a small percentage lead to a conviction. The South East Centre Against Sexual Assault is addressing the needs of survivors in a different way.

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Questions over Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional sexual abuse

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

There are concerns that the Commonwealth Redress Scheme, one of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, will never get off the ground.

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US Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop case, Australia's Family Court rules on children seeking gender reassignment and celebraties and defamation law

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +1100

In this program, the US Supreme Court hears arguments for and against a baker refusing to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. Also, The Family Court rules that Transgender children no longer need a judge's for permission to have irreversible medical treatment, and in light of the allegations about Don Burke's inappropriate behavior over many, many years, we ask are Australia's defamation laws too restrictive?

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Sentencing models in the UK and Australia

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Sentencing is a complex and controversial area, where there are constant debates over how best to ensure transparency and consistancy. What models best help judges make informed decisions?

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Australia's prescription opioid crisis

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Overdose deaths from prescription pharmaceuticals now outstrip overdose deaths from heroin. But just who is getting addicted to prescription opioids — and what can be done?

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HCA rules on prenup and US Opioid crisis

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

The High Court of Australia unanimously agreed that a pre-nup signed between a Gold Coast Property developer and his fiancee was not fair or reasonable. And in 2016, 60,000 American deaths are linked to opoids. What are the regulations and policies to tackle the crisis?

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Acquired Brain Injury and the criminal justice system

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Hear first hand experiences from former prisoners living with ABI. They are part of a project advocating for people Acquired Brain Injuries, a group who are massively over-represented in the criminal justice system.

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HCA decision on dual citizenship; Youth detention in the US and Europe

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

What are the consequences of the High Court's decision on the 'Citizenship 7'? And as the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory prepares to hand down its final report, a look at juvenile detention in the US and Europe.

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High Court rules on Tasmanian protest laws; Is a text message a valid Will?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

What impact will the High Court's decision to overturn Tasmania's anti-protest laws have on other states who are have or are considering similar laws? And does an unsent text message constitute a valid Will? The Queensland Supreme Court says yes.

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Getting under the skin, laws around Tattoo Parlours in NSW and Japan

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Licence to tattoo in NSW. Japan requires tattooists to be doctors.

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Regional planning 'anarchy' letting down communities

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

The Law Report travels to an abattoir in the deep north of Victoria and Western Australia's South West wine region to find a regional planning system that is 'broken.'

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The uncertain future of Tiny Airports

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:30:00 +1100

Tiny Airports in trouble.

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Health Justice Partnerships

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Taking the pulse of Health Justice Partnerships.

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Retiring Chief Justice of the Family Court Diana Bryant

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Retiring Chief Justice reflects on thirteen years in the Family Court.

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In the political spotlight: same sex marriage and voluntary euthanasia

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +1000

High Court ruling on Same Sex Marriage postal survey . Moves to legalise assisted dying in Victoria and NSW.

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Offensive behaviour or play on words?

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Danny Lim's controversial sandwich board.

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China, a land of paradox

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Rule of law in China.

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Abortion laws in NSW and Queensland

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Calls for decriminalisation of pregnancy terminations in NSW and Queensland .

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German legislation targets fake news and hate speech on social media platforms

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

World first German legislation targets social media hate speech.

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Victorian Supreme court rules on Beveridge mobile phone bill

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

The man with the $191,000 phone bill.

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Julian Burnside: Watching Out

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Julian Burnside reflects on justice and injustice.

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National snapshot of legal profession

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Women in the legal profession.

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Is practicing criminal law bad for your mental health?

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Is practising criminal law bad for your mental health?

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What next for the George Pell case, and meet the Australian gun advocate in Guatemala

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +1000

What next in the George Pell case? Meet the Australian fighting gun violence in Guatemala.

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UNHRC decision on transgender birth certificate and HCA ruling on Photo ID

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Transgender and identity. High Court ruling photo ID .

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Federal Ministers face possible Contempt charges, Parole and terrorism, Manus Island Class Action

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1000

Three Victorian judges and three politicians. Parolees with terrorism links. Manus Island Class Action.

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Women in prison

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Unintended consequences of women in prison.

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Indemnity deal leads to recovery of Matthew Leveson's remains and can Schapelle Corby sell her story?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Can Michael Atkins face trial again? Schapelle Corby and profiting from crime.

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Islam and Indonesia and Right Wrongs: Mythbusting

Tue, 30 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Right Wrongs: Myth busting. Is Indonesian pluralism under threat?

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Poverty and the law

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Law and poverty 40 years after the Sackville Report .

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Access to solar energy and family law disputes over schooling

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Protecting your solar panel sunlight. Family court rulings on how to raise children.

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Drones and regulations

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Regulating 'Eyes in the sky'.

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Restorative justice in sexual assault cases

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Restorative justice for survivors of sexual assault.

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The Court of Disputed Returns; Juvenile justice in the US

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Senator Bob Day's disqualification. Lessons from youth detention in the US.

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Advocates Immunity; 3D hand guns

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +1000

Advocates Immunity defence is refined. 3D guns and regulation.

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