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Radio Atticus 10 November 2011

The UK lifts the lifetime blood donating ban on men who have sex with men, and the shocking report card for the New South Wales approach to supporting victims of domestic violence.

The lifetime ban on donating blood for men who have sex with men has been lifted in the UK. The UK Department of Health announced the changes in September, implementing a one-year deferral period. This means that gay men who have had not had sex for a 12 month period, from next week will be able to donate blood. This brings the UK into line with Australian rules on donating blood.

Gay rights campaigners have said gay men would still be treated unfairly under the new rules implemented, as heterosexuals engaged in higher risk sexual activity are not subject to the same restrictions. Many argue, including the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, that in this context, sexual behaviour should not be confused with sexual orientation.

Reporter: Justin Ellis

  1. Rob Lake, Executive Director, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.

The NSW Auditor General has issued a damning report on the States failure to provide an effective response to domestic violence. In addition to the personal suffering of domestic violence victims, the report says that domestic violence has contributed to 26 deaths on average a year, police repeatedly being called out to the same families, and a $4.5 billion annual loss in economic activity. The report has found most victims still do not report the incidents to police, and those that do are unlikely to get a lasting solution because of an uncoordinated systems response.

Reporter: Justin Ellis

1. Gaby Marcus, Director of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House.

Radio Atticus 22 September 2011

The controversial execution of convicted murderer, Troy Davis: Radio Atticus speaks to the professor of law advising Amnesty International USA,  part 2 of our investigation into the police database COPS, and new research highlighting discrimination against epilepsy sufferers.

Convicted murderer Troy Davis has been executed in the US state of Georgia for the shooting murder of a police officer over 20 years ago. His execution was delayed for four agonising hours while the US Supreme Court deliberated as to whether to grant him a last-minute stay of execution.

The case has sparked controversy around the world because serious doubts have been raised about the evidence used to convict Troy Davis. He maintained he was innocent until his final moments.

On the morning of Troy Davis’s execution day Radio Atticus spoke to professor law at Georgia State University, Anne Emanuel, who advised Amnesty International USA on the case.

Interviewer Sharnie Kim

  1. Anne Emanuel, Professor of Law at Georgia State University and adviser to Amnesty International USA

Last week we heard about 19-year-old Musa Konneh who was arrested by police in Punchbowl and taken all the way to Penrith Prison in handcuffs.

Police believed he had breached his bail conditions when in fact he wasn’t on bail at all – his charges had been dismissed by the court earlier in the day.

But this was no one-off, with errors during the transfer of information from the court database, JusticeLink, to the police database, the Computerised Operational Policing System, or COPS, leading to others experiencing similar injustices.

Reporter Amarande Chauvet

  1. Prue Bergen, Treasurer of the Police Association of NSW and serving officer
  2. Ben Slade, Principal of Maurice Blackburn
  3. David Porter, solicitor at Redfern Legal Centre
  4. Vavaa Mawuli, senior solicitor at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre

A new study has highlighted discrimination against people living with epilepsy.

Advocates for epilepsy sufferers say that stereotypes and myths often cloud society’s understanding of the disorder.

They say it may also lead to problems with treatment and diagnosis, particularly in Australia’s minority and Indigenous communities.

Reporter Farah Ahmed

  1. Graeme Shears, CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria
  2. Nicholas Procter, Professor of Mental Health Nursing at University of South Australia

Radio Atticus 24 February

Marriage for all comes closer to reality in the UK, and sexual racism – are online dating sites perpetuating prejudice?

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