Victoria’s Commission for Children and Young People reveals unacceptable use of isolation in youth justice centres

Victoria’s Commission for Children and Young People reveals unacceptable use of isolation in youth justice centres

Today the Commission for Children and Young People released a scathing report, The Same Four Walls, detailing widespread isolation of children in Victoria’s youth justice centres. "You can’t respond to inadequate staffing levels by just leaving kids locked up in the cells for hours on end. It’s time for the Victorian Government to stop taking short cuts and to start properly resourcing the youth justice system," the HRLC's Alina Leikin.

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Same sex couples in South Australia have equal access to IVF and legal surrogacy

Same sex couples in South Australia have equal access to IVF and legal surrogacy

As of today, same sex couples have equal access to assisted reproductive technology and unpaid surrogacy in South Australia. The last direct discrimination against LGBTIQ couples in South Australian legislation has now been removed, but federal marriage equality laws still need to be passed for same sex couples to be treated equally in Australia.

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Tasmanian anti-protest laws unreasonably restrict free speech and protest: HRLC High Court submission

Tasmanian anti-protest laws unreasonably restrict free speech and protest: HRLC High Court submission

“We are seeing a clear and worrying wave of state-based laws that restrict the ability of Australians to stand together and speak out on issues that they care deeply about. The government may disagree with protesters' views on a particular issue, but shutting down peaceful assemblies only serves to weaken our democracy,” said HRLC's Emily Howie.

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High Court finds the exercise of Northern Territory’s punitive police lock-up powers lawful

High Court finds the exercise of Northern Territory’s punitive police lock-up powers lawful

“All the data shows that these laws are being overwhelmingly used against Aboriginal people. Twenty-six years ago the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody made clear that locking someone up should only ever be a last resort and that police should be required to consider safer options,” said HRLC's Adrianne Walters.

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