Tag Archives: defamation

Radio Atticus 20 October 2011

We get into the spirit of our annual subscriber drive with a comical look at the law:  Sharnie Kim interviews a Kiwi comic on why he left the law for laughs. Are hyperlinks defamatory? We speak to Leanne O’Donnell, our intellectual property and media law commentator to find out.

Reporter: Sharnie Kim

  1. Comedian, Raybon Kan.

Reporter: Justin Ellis

1. Radio Atticus intellectual property and media law commentator, Leanne O’Donnell.

Radio Atticus 15 September 2011

Privacy still on the agenda: you’ll hear from three experts about what they think, and is the police database COPS, keeping our kids in remand without cause?

In July, Radio Atticus aired a story on privacy when the public response to the News Ltd phone hacking scandal had reached fever pitch. In reaction to the scandal, the Government revived the 2008 recommendations on privacy from the Australian Law Reform Commission. New federal privacy laws, affecting the rights of everyone in Australia, are expected to be drafted soon. Some of the country’s foremost experts on the subject were brought together in Sydney this week to discuss exactly what the right balance should be – between privacy, accountability and public scrutiny under the law.

Interviewer Justin Ellis

  1. Barbara McDonald, Professor of Law at the University of Sydney
  2. Chris Merritt – Legal Editor of the Australian Newspaper
  3. David Rolph – Associate Professor  at Sydney University Law School.

We take you on a journey into the lives of some young people who have been falsely imprisoned. Earlier this year, some of them launched a class action in NSW. In this class action they fall into two categories. The first were arrested under s.50 of the Bail Act when in fact they were no longer on bail. The second were arrested on the basis of a breach of a bail condition which had in fact been changed.

The claim before the Supreme Court is that the Police’s database, the Computerised Operational Policing System, known as COPS, was so unreliable, and known to be so by senior members of the police force, that no individual police officer could have reasonably relied on it as the sole basis for arresting someone.

Reporter Amarande Chauvet

  1. Ben Slade, Principal of Maurice Blackburn
  2. David Porter, Solicitor at the Redfern Legal Centre
  3. Prue Bergen, Treasurer of the Police Association of NSW and serving officer

Radio Atticus 1 September 2011

Where to now for the Labour Government on asylum seekers? Part two of our Behind Mental Health story.

The High Court handed down a damning judgement of the federal government’s Malaysia solution this week, which has left it’s immigration policy in tatters.

So where to now for the government on asylum seekers?

Interviewer Justin Ellis

  1. Alexandra Vaughan, Radio Atticus aslyum seeker and human rights commentator

Tonight the story continues. We find out the consequences of breaching S162 and what the media needs to consider when broadcasting information. S162 is a privacy policy section which protects patient’s rights from possible abuses from the media. No person can identify or name a mental health patient unless the Mental Health Review Tribunal agrees. As it stands today, if a patient wanted to be identified as a forensic mental health patient, without the Tribunal’s consent, they couldn’t. But when someone is a forensic patient, consenting to speak to the media could have adverse effects. Radio Atticus reporter Amarande Chauvet. with this report.

Reporter Amarande Chauvet

  1. Brett Collins: Prisoner’s rights activist
  2. The lawyer representing the case in the Supreme Court

Radio Atticus 10 March

Renewed calls for a Bill of Rights in NSW, and Twitter defamation cases – we speak to Radio Atticus commentator Leanne O’Donnell about Courtney Love and what’s in store for indiscreet Tweeters.

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Radio Atticus: Thursday, September 9

Counter terrorism laws suspend civil liberties in NSW. Brand damage versus defamation on social media: who’s really losing out? And when an innocent night out, becomes an expensive brush with the law

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