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Hearsay ... the electronic journal of the Bar Association of Queensland - The Law Report

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the_law_report_intro.jpgPresented by Damien Carrick, the Law Report on ABC Radio National focuses on breaking legal stories across Australia and overseas, analysing law reform, legal education, test cases, miscarriages of justice and examining legal culture. The following is a summary of recent programs with a link to audio and transcripts.

Mark Standen

 NSW Law Enforcement is in shock after the assistant director of the State Crime Commission, Mark Standen, was found guilty of conspiring to import drugs and pervert the course of justice.

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Frank Cassar: Australia's worst landlord?

Melbourne landlord Frank Cassar has a string of unpaid court orders. He and his wife have just been told by the Supreme Court: stop dealing with tenants and hire a real estate agent.

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Canberra v Big Tobacco

Canberra and Big Tobacco are at war over plain packaging of cigarettes.

There's a Freedom of Information battle raging in the Federal Court, a dispute over rights spelled out in the HK-Australia Business Investment Treaty and a likely constitutional challenge - it centres on whether or not Canberra is taking away intellectual property without just compensation.

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Proceeds of crime legislation

Federal prosecutors are trying to seize the profits from his autobiography Guantanamo My Journey which has, since October last year, sold 30,000 copies.

Captured in Afghanistan, Hicks was detained for five and half years in Guantanamo Bay before pleading guilty to supporting terrorism.

He was repatriated to an Australian prison in May 2007 and released in December of that year.

Last week prosecutors using the federal Proceeds of Crime Act succeeded in freezing bank accounts pending a full trial

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Justice Kevin Duggan

2 August 2011

Last week Justice Kevin Duggan stepped down from the Supreme Court of South Australia.

During his 46 years in the law he sentenced Snowtown (bodies in barrels) killer James Vlassakis, presided over 'The House of Horrors' child abuse trials and defended serial murderer James Miller.

But Justice Duggan doesn't think lawyers and judges are the centre of the legal universe -- he reckons jurors are the 'unsung heroes of the system'.

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Planning processes and houses of worship

26 July 2011

Have you ever tried obtaining planning approval to build or renovate a house? It's not easy is it!

But when it comes to a 'house of god' planning processes can become a lot trickier. How do you distinguish genuine concerns about amenity from religious intolerance?

As difficult as these issues are here in Australia, they are nothing compared to the obstacles faced by some of our Asian neighbours' religious minorities.

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Ponki mediation

19 July 2011

Ponki: the word means 'welcome' in the language of the Tiwi islands. It also means 'peace' or 'it's finished', and the spoken word is often accompanied by a hand gesture, waving the hand away from the body.

The ancient concept is now being combined with mainstream mediation techniques to resolve all sorts of conflicts and disputes.

It's helping long serving prisoners reintegrate back into the community and helping troubled youth stay out of jail.

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