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Community Legal Centres: Budget and Other Attacks

Tuesday 29 July 2014 @ 11.23 a.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

The Saturday Paper has reported that the federal government is using "money and law to close down criticism and gag the community’s most trusted voices". The claim is based on the drafting of revised service agreements which the federal government uses to provide funding to Community Legal Centres (CLCs) around Australia.

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Former Speaker Peter Slipper Found Guilty Of Dishonest Use of Taxi Vouchers

Tuesday 29 July 2014 @ 11.08 a.m. | Legal Research

Peter Slipper, former speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, was found guilty yesterday in the ACT Magistrates Court of dishonestly and knowingly misusing Cabcharge vouchers in three incidents in 2010.  The trips occurred while he was still a member of the Liberal National Party, representing Fisher in Queensland.  The Canberra Times reported that the trips, which were purportedly on "parliamentary business" included “visits to Clonakilla in Murrumbateman, a $25 bottle of sparkling purchased at Gallagher Wines and lunchtime stops at Wily Trout Wines at Poachers Pantry”. 

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Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014: Federal Euthanasia Bill

Monday 28 July 2014 @ 1.31 p.m. | Legal Research

Greens senator Richard Di Natale is circulating a bill to legalise euthanasia throughout Australia, the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill. It is currently open for submissions which close on 27 October 2014.

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International Aids Conference Told Criminalisation of Sex Work Hampers Fight Against Aids

Friday 25 July 2014 @ 10.09 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

It is reported that this weeks International AIDS Conference, held in Melbourne, has been told that: "there is an increasing focus on the role that the criminalisation of sex work is playing in the worldwide epidemic" with many experts agreeing that laws prohibiting prostitution are in fact hampering efforts to control the global HIV epidemic.

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Decriminalisation of Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Thursday 24 July 2014 @ 12.51 p.m. | Crime | Legal Research

Despite NSW tabling a Parliamentary Discussion Paper in May 2013 regarding the medical use of cannabis, ACT has become the latest jurisdiction to propose legislation decriminalising the use of cannabis for seriously ill patients or patients with chronic pain.

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