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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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Human headline silenced for 5 months

Leanne O'Donnell
Victoria

Media identity Derryn Hinch aka @humanheadline tweeted 
on 20 July:

Big day tomorrow. Back to Austin for blood tests and condition update. Then Mag. Court 11a.m. for sentencing. #liver

On 21 July 2011, Magistrate Rozencwajg sentenced Hinch to five months home detention, the conditions of which included a ban on gainful employment, media appearances and use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The decision to impose a home detention order was due to the Magistrate considering Hinch's fragile health, as he received a liver transplant only two weeks before the court appearance.

(2011) 36(3) AltLJ 212

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LRCWA Review of Coronial Practice Discussion Paper released

Rebecca Scott Bray
Western Australia

Following the release of its Background Paper in September 2010 and community consultation and feedback in June, the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia ('LRCWA') released its Discussion Paper regarding the review of the WA coronial jurisdiction and practices of the coronial system, including the operation of the Coroners Act 1996 (WA). The terms of reference for the review ask the Commission to consider any areas where the Coroners Act 1996 (WA):

can be improved, any desirable changes to jurisdiction, practices and procedures of the Coroner and the office that would better serve the needs of the community; any improvements to be made in the provision of support for the families, friends and others associated with a deceased person who is the subject of a coronial inquiry, including but not limited to, issues regarding autopsies, cultural and spiritual beliefs and practices, and counselling services; the provision of investigative, forensic and other services in support of the coronial function; and any other related matter.

(2011) 36(3) AltLJ 213

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Worksafe and Mr Ward: An update

Renae Barker
Western Australia

DUAO Volume 36(1) reported that charges had been laid by Worksafe WA over the death of Aboriginal Elder Mr Ward in 2008. The WA Department of Corrective Services pleaded guilty and was fined $285 000 in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court. In handing down the sentence magistrate Greg Benn indicated that he had not imposed the maximum penalty of $400 000, having taken into account several factors including the change in government since the death of Mr Ward, the department's guilty plea and the ex-gratia payment of 
$3.2 million given to Mr Ward's family in July 2010.

(2011) 36(3) AltLJ 213

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PM raises human rights issues with Chinese leaders

Ben Schokman
Human Rights

Julia Gillard raised concerns of China’s recent crackdown on ‘human rights defenders’ with a senior visiting Chinese Communist Party leader ahead of her first visit to the country. Human Rights Watch wrote to the Prime Minister urging her to publicly press for an end to systemic ongoing human rights violations, arguing Australia’s position would be strengthened if Australia reinforced its own commitment to international human rights standards.

(2011) 36(2) AltLJ 127

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Discrimination and the Australian Defence Force

Ben Schokman
Human Rights

The Australian government has announced six investigations into the Australian Defence Force's 'culture', many of which are to focus on the treatment of and opportunities available to women, following the allegedly inappropriate handling by the Australian Defence Force ('ADF') Academy of a complaint made by a female cadet in relation to the broadcast of her sexual encounter with a fellow cadet over Skype. Meanwhile, there are allegations that the ADF has failed to properly investigate or prosecute serving members linked to an online social media campaign that publicly named and vilified homosexual personnel. Finally, it appears women will be allowed to serve in frontline combat roles after the Gillard government ordered the ADF to remove bans that have stopped women from applying for the most dangerous and demanding military jobs.

(2011) 36(2) AltLJ 127

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