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

    The findings of two significant Coronial Inquests

    The findings of two significant Coronial Inquests

    NSW State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan has found that the murders of teenagers Jack and Jennifer Edwards by their father were preventable. The Coroner identified a series of serious systemic failures which contributed to the crimes. Also, Victorian Coroner Paresa Spanos has recommended the adoption of pill testing after investigating the deaths of five young men who died in separate drug related incidents between July 2016 and January 2017.

    • 28 min
    Full decriminalisation of sex work on the cards in Victoria

    Full decriminalisation of sex work on the cards in Victoria

    The Victorian government is set to consider fully decriminalising sex work this year. Guest producer Carly Godden traces how, over the eras, the law in Victoria has regulated the commercial sex and adult industries.

     *Note there are sexual references in this program

    • 28 min
    Christian Porter no longer Attorney General. And eminent scientists petition for release of convicted killer Kathleen Folbigg

    Christian Porter no longer Attorney General. And eminent scientists petition for release of convicted killer Kathleen Folbigg

    On advice from the Solicitor-General, the PM shifts Christian Porter to Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. And following the NSW Court of Appeal ruling that Kathleen Folbigg stay behind bars, the Australian Academy of Science issues a strong statement saying 'there are medical and scientific explanations for the death of each of Kathleen Folbigg's children'. A petition from ninety eminent scientists also called for her immediate release.

    • 28 min
    Inside Thomas Embling Hospital, a Forensic health facility

    Inside Thomas Embling Hospital, a Forensic health facility

    For the first time a journalist is allowed to record in the Thomas Embling Hospital, Melbourne's Forensic healthcare facility. Meet therapists, the psychiatrist in charge and some of the patients who have committed a serious crime but are deemed not responsible for their actions due to mental illness.

    • 28 min
    Politicians suing for defamation and research on re-offending by forensic patients

    Politicians suing for defamation and research on re-offending by forensic patients

    Attorney-General Christian Porter has just lodged a defamation action against the ABC. And recently, the full Federal Court upheld a $120,000 damages payout to Senator Sarah Hanson Young by former Senator David Leyonhjelm.

    Also, new research on who is most likely to commit a serious crime. A former prisoner or former forensic hospital patient?

    • 28 min
    Politicians suing for defamation and research on re-offending by forensic patients

    Politicians suing for defamation and research on re-offending by forensic patients

    Attorney-General Christian Porter has just lodged a defamation action against the ABC. And recently, the full Federal Court upheld a $120,000 damages payout to Senator Sarah Hanson Young by former Senator David Leyonhjelm.

    Also, new research on who is most likely to commit a serious crime. A former prisoner or former forensic hospital patient?

    • 28 min

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