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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.



Copyright: Copyright 2018, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
 



Space law in the 21st century

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Corporations, as well as nations are venturing into space for satellite technology, mining even tourism. Are the laws created over fifty years ago up to speed in this new space race?


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/04/lrt_20180417.mp3




Commonwealth Redress Scheme restrictions and South African jailed for racist tirade

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Why will some survivors of institutional sexual abuse be locked out of the Commonwealth Redress Scheme? And when using a really offensive word in South Africa multiple times lands you in jail.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/04/lrt_20180410.mp3




Anne Buist on writing her life's work

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +1000

Perinatal psychiatrist Anne Buist is a women's mental health advocate and expert witness who works with protective services, and as an expert witness in the courts, in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. She is also a novelist who explores many of the darker aspects of her work in fiction.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/04/lrt_20180403.mp3




Seeking compensation for family violence and chat bot wills

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

There are a number of avenues for those seeking compensation for family violence including the civil courts but at least one state, a mechanism for assisting survivors with compensation has come under criticism. And a South Australian law firm is selling chatbot generated wills for $150. How different is it from the will kits purchased from a newsagency, what are the safeguards and is it a way of providing a much needed service in remote communities?


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/03/lrt_20180327.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/03/lrt_20180320.mp3




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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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/03/lrt_20180313.mp3




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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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/03/lrt_20180306.mp3




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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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/02/lrt_20180227.mp3




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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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/02/lrt_20180220.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/02/lrt_20180213.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/02/lrt_20180206.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/01/lrt_20180130.mp3




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'.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/01/lrt_20180123.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/01/lrt_20180116.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/01/lrt_20180109.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/01/lrt_20180102.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/12/lrt_20171226.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/12/lrt_20171219.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/12/lrt_20171212.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/12/lrt_20171205.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/11/lrt_20171128.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/11/lrt_20171121.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/11/lrt_20171114.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/11/lrt_20171107.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/10/lrt_20171031.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/10/lrt_20171024.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/10/lrt_20171017.mp3




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.'


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/10/lrt_20171010.mp3




The uncertain future of Tiny Airports

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

Tiny Airports in trouble.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/10/lrt_20171003.mp3




Health Justice Partnerships

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

Taking the pulse of Health Justice Partnerships.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/09/lrt_20170926.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/09/lrt_20170919.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/09/lrt_20170912.mp3




Offensive behaviour or play on words?

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

Danny Lim's controversial sandwich board.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/09/lrt_20170905.mp3




China, a land of paradox

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

Rule of law in China.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/08/lrt_20170829.mp3




Abortion laws in NSW and Queensland

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

Calls for decriminalisation of pregnancy terminations in NSW and Queensland .


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/08/lrt_20170822.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/08/lrt_20170815.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/08/lrt_20170808.mp3




Julian Burnside: Watching Out

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

Julian Burnside reflects on justice and injustice.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/08/lrt_20170801.mp3




National snapshot of legal profession

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

Women in the legal profession.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/07/lrt_20170725.mp3




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?


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/07/lrt_20170711.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/07/lrt_20170704.mp3




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 .


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/06/lrt_20170627.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/06/lrt_20170620.mp3




Women in prison

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

Unintended consequences of women in prison.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/06/lrt_20170613.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/06/lrt_20170606.mp3




Islam and Indonesia and Right Wrongs: Mythbusting

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

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


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/05/lrt_20170530.mp3




Poverty and the law

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

Law and poverty 40 years after the Sackville Report .


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/05/lrt_20170516.mp3




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.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/05/lrt_20170509.mp3







Drones and regulations

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

Regulating 'Eyes in the sky'.


Media Files:
http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2017/04/lrt_20170425.mp3