: DUAO - Vol 37(4)

DUAO - 2012 - Vol 37(4)

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Developments around the country

DownUnderAllOver is a round-up of legal news from both State and federal jurisdictions, and contains topical articles and short pieces from Alternative Law Journal committees around the country.

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Justice for dependents of Lockhart River plane crash victims

Kate Galloway
Queensland

In Emily Kepa, for and on behalf of the estate and dependants of Frank Billy, deceased v Lessbrook Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) [2012] QSC 311 compensation was awarded to the dependents of five passengers killed in the 2005 Lockhart River plane crash. The decision is notable for its approach to issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

(2012) 37(4) AltLJ 289

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Three plead guilty to bestiality offences

Kellie Toole
South Australia

For what appears to be the first time in the state’s history, the District Court of South Australia has had to consider bestiality offences. In November 2011, two women and one man, all in their 50s and without prior convictions, pleaded guilty to bestiality offences involving domestic dogs that occurred from 2008 to 2010. After protracted sentencing hearings throughout 2012, the three defendants each received suspended prison sentences.

(2012) 37(4) AltLJ 289

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News from Tasmania

Tasmania Editorial Committee
Tasmania

Same-sex marriage

Tasmania’s Same-Sex Marriage Bill which had been the first to pass a lower house of parliament in Australia and would have allowed same-sex couples to marry, was recently defeated 8–6 in the Upper House. With Bills currently before, or proposed for, Parliaments in South Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory it is likely that the fight for same-sex equality will continue.

(2012) 37(4) AltLJ 290

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Protesters and privacy

Nicholas Croggon
Victoria

On 27 September 2012 the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘VCAT’) handed down its decision in Lisa Caripis v Victoria Police [2012] VCAT 1472, a case about protesters’ privacy.

Lisa Caripis, a researcher and writer on climate change law, attended a protest in 2010 at the Hazelwood Power Station to raise awareness about the possibilities for transitioning from dirty energy sources like brown coal to cleaner renewable energies. The protest was a peaceful, family-friendly day, attended by around 250 people — and about as many police. Throughout the day the police filmed protesters, including Ms Caripis — an experience that was disconcerting for her. After the protest, despite Ms Caripis’s requests, the police refused to destroy the footage.

(2012) 37(4) AltLJ 290

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Minister for Planning changes the rules 
to avoid scrutiny

Nicholas Croggon
Victoria

On 8 October 2012, VCAT was due to hear a planning appeal by a small environment group, Friends of the Surry Inc, against a series of decisions by the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy. The appeal was against the Minister’s decisions to grant planning permits allowing residential development along the coast in the south-west of Victoria, near the little town of Narrawong.

(2012) 37(4) AltLJ 291

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