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Tanya Day’s family awarded Tim McCoy prize
Tanya Day’s family awarded Tim McCoy prize

 Karin Derkley 12 Nov 2019

The family of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day, who died after she was arrested for being drunk in a public place, has won the Tim McCoy Award for their efforts to change Victoria’s public drunkenness laws and create community health alternatives to incarceration...

 

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Religious Discrimination Bill will create a “set of swords”: LIV
Religious Discrimination Bill will create a “set of swords”: LIV

 Karin Derkley 08 Oct 2019

A national human rights charter would be a more effective way of safeguarding religious freedom than the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, the LIV says...

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LIV calls for national human rights charter over Religious Discrimination Bill
LIV calls for national human rights charter over Religious Discrimination Bill

 Administrative Law and Human Rights Section 26 Sep 2019

In a memo to the Law Council of Australia, the Law Institute of Victoria has called for a national charter of human rights to protect religious freedoms within a human rights framework...

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Liability for racially offensive remarks
Liability for racially offensive remarks

 Bill Swannie 01 Jun 2019

Two decisions of the Federal Court illustrate that an employer may be liable for racially vilifying remarks made in the workplace...

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Public drunkenness law should be abolished
Public drunkenness law should be abolished

 Karin Derkley 12 Apr 2019

Decriminalising public drunkenness would reduce the risk of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people dying in police custody...

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Law slow to catch up with risks from AI
Law slow to catch up with risks from AI

 Karin Derkley 11 Apr 2019

Stronger regulation is needed to protect people from discriminatory and exploitative practices enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning, a Melbourne Law School 'Judges in Conversation' event heard this week. ...

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Inquiry must examine link between mental health and criminal justice
Inquiry must examine link between mental health and criminal justice

 Karin Derkley 13 Feb 2019

The Royal Commission into Mental Health needs to look at how mental health issues can all too easily topple people into the criminal justice system or precipitate other legal problems, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) has said in its submission to a consultation on the terms of reference for the royal commission...

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Fighting the good fight
Fighting the good fight

 Vanessa Shambrook 01 Nov 2018

There is still much to be done to achieve gender equality in the legal profession...

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Remove exemptions allowing schools to expel gay students, lawyers say
Remove exemptions allowing schools to expel gay students, lawyers say

 Karin Derkley 15 Oct 2018

Existing laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI people don't reflect the Australia we live in today and should be removed, human rights lawyers say...

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Sexual harassment: more work to be done
Sexual harassment: more work to be done

 Sarah Rey 01 Oct 2018

Sexual harassment has been in the spotlight more intensively than many of us can remember...

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Time's up for legal workplace reform
Time's up for legal workplace reform

 Chris Molnar 01 Oct 2018

What should the profession do to free workplaces from harassment, bullying and discrimination...

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Solicitor Advocates for Change
Solicitor Advocates for Change

 Carolyn Ford 21 Aug 2018

Solicitors are to be invited to join Justice Chris Maxwell's gender equity campaign...

 

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Anti-gang laws target young and marginalised
Anti-gang laws target young and marginalised

 Karin Derkley 25 Jul 2018

New laws introduced by the Victorian state government could send people as young as 14 to prison for up to three years for associating with someone convicted of a serious offence...

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Forum to challenge toxic law and order narrative
Forum to challenge toxic law and order narrative

 Karin Derkley 04 May 2018

The justice community is trying to find ways to shift the "toxic" narrative on law and order as we head into a Victorian election...

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Ethnicity rarely relevant in crime reporting
Ethnicity rarely relevant in crime reporting

 Karin Derkley 22 Dec 2017

Don’t focus on race where it is not relevant, and avoid reinforcing ethnic-based stereotypes when reporting on crime, lawyers from the Police Accountability Project have advised journalists...

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