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Has the High Court gone hyperactive with the ruling on the Malaysia solution Police line ups – are they on the way out? And our latest Brush With the Law.
The debate on the High Court ruling ending the Malaysia Solution continues to rage across the country, but on the minds of many lawyers is the question: Has the High Court gone activist?
Interviewer Justin Ellis
Richard Ackland, legal commentator, journalist and publisher of the website Justinian.
Police line-ups – are they on the way out? (The introduction to this story contains harsh language)
You’ve probably all seen it in films and TV shows – victims of crime at a police station trying to identify a suspect out of a row of people or a stack of photographs. Line ups have long been considered a bedrock of police work, and the way they’re done hasn’t really changed for hundreds of years.But that could be about to change.For some time now eyewitness identification researchers have been finding evidence that there are flaws in police lineups which have led to serious miscarriages of justice.But the supreme court in the US state of New Jersey has taken note and issued sweeping new rules to try to combat what it called “a troubling lack of reliability in eyewitness identifications”.
Reporter Sharnie Kim
Professor Neil Brewer, Flinders University School of Psychology Dean
Ralph Bonig, Law Society of South Australia President
Radio Atticus reporter Anthony Jucha sets up a stall in a public space and offers free legal advice to passersby. This week Anthony speaks with two young men who say they are being hassled by the police. Please note Brush with the Law is edited and is provided for general information only. Every situation is different and this segment is not a substitute for legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should speak to a lawyer.
Reporter Anthony Jucha
Privacy: how should we protect ourselves from the media pack, or should that be hack? Is the US legislating itself, and us, into debt oblivion?
And past lives: should violent histories be made public to the love struck?
At present there is no general right to privacy in Australia, and that means there’s no certainty for anyone wanting to sue for an invasion of their privacy.
But that might be about to change. The phone hacking scandal that has rocked Rupert Murdoch’s British publication, The News of the World, has sent politicians here into a spin, with many calling for national inquiry into media ownership and ethics here in Australia. But it seems the government will resist those calls, and instead will put the focus on overhauling the country’s privacy laws.
Reporter Patrick Wright
Bernie Goldsmith – Principal of Australian Defamation Lawyers
Peter Timmins – FOI and privacy law expert – Sudanese Australian community leader.
The US national debt is about to reach a new milestone. Next month it will go over the $14 trillion mark, the current legal limit to government borrowing set by Congress. Congress routinely raises the debt ceiling each year to avoid America defaulting. But now it’s using the situation as a bargaining chip for drastic spending cuts for the first time in years. With negotiations making little ground, the US is now in real risk of default, which would shake global economic confidence. International commentators are warning that despite budget cuts, America’s unsustainable debt is digging the global economy into a bottomless financial pit.
Reporter Alexandra Vaughan
Dr David Smith, lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy at the United States Study Centre at Sydney University.
People often don’t know a lot about someone they’ve just met online. So what if you find out too late that your new love interest has a secret violent past? A campaign is underway in the UK to introduce new laws where women could be warned if their partner has had a history of domestic violence. The proposal is called “Clare’s Law”, named after British woman Clare Wood, who was murdered by a man she met on Facebook. Victims’ rights campaigners, police, and the murdered woman’s father, have all voiced support for the legislation. But could the law infringe civil liberties?
Reporter Sharnie Kim
Helen Fenwick, Co-director of the University of Durham’s Centre for Human Rights