A battle over decriminalising some drug use in the ACT is holding back help for desperate people, and probably endangering lives, drug law reform expert Bill Bush says. The outcomes in the ACT are likely a forerunner of changes to drug laws throughout Australia…eventually.
Some 35 official US tough guys, Navy SEALs, have won an interim ruling that they don’t have to obey US Department of Defense orders because they object to vaccination on religious grounds. Will they be demoted down the marine order, and end up as otters…or even ROTTERS.
Derek Bromley refuses to leave prison because he is innocent. He has served 38 years. He was eligible for parole 14 years ago. But to be paroled, he ‘must express remorse for his crime’. Bromley maintains he did not commit a crime, and so is unable to express genuine remorse. His case will soon be before the High Court, with the state of South Australia having a lot to answer for.
Throughout the world, journalists are dying to tell the truth: a record number of reporters are jailed. Australia Julian Assange has been locked up on a superseded bail offence by Australian ally and cricket competitor, England, for two years while being illegally sought for extradition rendition by another ally, the USA, which itself does not abide by the ‘rules’ it is trying to enforce on Assange. PM Scott Morrison: bring Julian home, before the 2022 federal election.
Tasmania’s Court of Criminal Appeal rejected Sue Neill-Fraser’s second appeal, 10 years after the first, against her conviction and sentence for murdering her husband, Bob Chappell, onboard their yacht Four Winds in Sandy Bay, Hobart, in 2009. This time, the three judges split 2-1. One judge believes she was wrongly convicted, and wanted a retrial. Can she appeal again to the High Court of Australia? Not long ago, in the case of Cardinal Pell, the High Court unanimously overturned the original jury verdict and a 2-1 appeal court finding to acquit the Cardinal and set him free.
How would you described Australian Members of Parliament who want Pacific islanders to have more rights and greater decision-making powers than the Australians whom the MPs represent? Hypocrites would be the only world: meet the retiring Kevin Andrews MHR and Minister for the Pacific, Senator Zed Seselja…islander advocates but no lovers of equal democratic rights for all Aussies.
Forensic science throughout Australia has caused massive miscarriages of justice. There’s Mallard in WA, Farah Jama in Victoria, Gordon Wood and claimed spearchucking a body at The Gap in NSW, Lindy Chamberlain, the Dingo and sound-deadening material in the NT…and, CLA believes, the Sue Neill-Fraser ‘Yacht No Body’ case in Tasmania. But still forensic scientists appear to be super-resistant to critiques of their opinions aimed at improving legal certainty. Here’s a report of an ongoing dispute, being played out in the global scientific media…at the instigation of an Australian polymath stargazer whose base is the foot of a telescope in the Canary Islands, south-west of Casablanca.
Police Minister’s so-called ‘ring of steel’ is actually giant privacy-invading mechanism, with no public, police or political-legislative safeguards, CLA VP Rajan Venkataraman says. It’s typical of a repressive approach to governing in a state which has no human rights charter to provide a modest baseline against which to measure surveillance intrusion into citizens’ lives.