Radio Atticus, 19 May 2011

May 19, 2011

Should artistic merit be part of Australia’s classification system, we talk to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner about jumps in sexual harassment claims, and the lighter side of law week, yes the creative light still flickers within the legal profession.

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Radio Atticus 12 May

May 12, 2011

Greater legal protections for children against violence, the national human rights framework one year on, and Forensic pathology: taking CSI out of the courtroom.

The Howard-era family law reforms are to be overhauled after three separate inquiries found they failed to protect children from violence. If passed, a proposed amendment will create a new definition of family violence that includes causing a family member to be fearful, even if this is not intended. While some believe the proposal doesn’t go far enough, fathers’ groups fear it will sabotage the system of shared parental responsibility.

Reporter Dana Macauley


  1. Brian Fisher, spokesman for the Family Law Reform Association.
  2. Freda Briggs, spokesperson for National Council for Children Post-Separation.

It’ been a year since the launch of the Australian Human Rights Framework; a Framework that was designed to promote and protect human rights in Australia. But is the framework serving its intended purpose, and are Australians gaining anything from it? Advocates of the framework are divided on its usefulness and where the human rights movement in Australia should take the issue from here. Two years ago, Australia’s federal parliament voted to establish a national security law watchdog. Its aim? To scrutinise and review Australia’s anti-terrorism legislation, and in the process, safeguard Australians’ civil rights.

Reporter Amarande Chauvet


  1. Alexander Ward, President of The Law Council of Australia.
  2. Tim Vines, a director of Civil Liberties Australia.

Just how much reality is there in the representation of forensic pathology in TV shows like CSI?

Reporter Justin Ellis


  1. Kendall Bailey, trainee forensic pathologist, NSW Department of Forensic Medicine

Relevant websites: Law Week 2011

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Radio Atticus 5th May 2011

May 5, 2011

We talk to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s President about the organization’s funding cuts. How effective will Australia’s first national security legislation monitor really be? And was Osama bin Laden’s death a perversion of justice?

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Radio Atticus 28th April 2011

April 28, 2011

Legal immunity for expert witnesses struck down in the courts of England, what does it mean for us? Federal immigration minister Chris Bowen’s calls to toughen up immigration laws. And South Australia’s suppression laws – the protection of identity versus open and transparent justice.

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Radio Atticus 21 April 2011

April 21, 2011

The federal government putting a stop to illegal logging, freedom of speech defended in Twitter joke appeal, and computers in prisons: what’s the verdict?

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Radio Atticus 14 April 2011

April 14, 2011

Can juries really be relied upon to know what DNA evidence is all about?, Evidence of past offences to be considered in sentencing in South Australia, and law for kids: where can they go to find out their rights?

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Radio Atticus 7 April

April 7, 2011

Should prisons be abolished: we investigate the ‘justice reinvestment’ movement that is working to make it happen, and the medical defence bill in South Australia: we speak to the MP who has already made history.

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