Tag: Justice

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Same-Sex Marriage in Australia: Boarding the Train of Equality

The luxury of having an online information highway available at our fingertips means that Gen Y has the ability to cross-reference any asserted fact without having to take one’s word as gospel. Unlike our predecessors, our reasoning is not confined to words of our teachers, parents, and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Our reasoning is borderless, and…




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Workplace Bullying: The Impact of Brodie’s Law on Employers

Brodie Panlock was a 19 year old waitress who tragically ended her life after being subjected to ‘persistent and vicious’ workplace bullying at café Vamp in Hawthorn, Victoria.[1] A coronial inquest found that Brodie’s young age, low self-esteem, and inexperience combined to make her ‘emotionally vulnerable’, and it was this vulnerability that was callously exploited by…




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Failing to ‘Acknowledge Country’: The Scarcity of Respect

I think we students generally don’t provide enough praise to our educators who are charged with the onerous duty of pulling the cord to the parachute of our minds. Throughout my seven-year tertiary academic journey I’ve had the pleasure of learning from a multitude of remarkable lecturers and tutors at Monash and RMIT University. But…




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Foetal Murder: The Antiquated ‘Born Alive’ Rule

One of the most profound absurdities in modern-day Australian criminal law is the complete lack of substantive rights afforded to a foetus. According to Sir Edward Coke’s 1797 definition of murder, a child in utero is not deemed a‘reasonable creature in being’ until it is ‘born alive’.[1] The born alive rule maintains that a child can only be a victim…




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Trial by ‘Doctored’ Peers: Preventing Prosecutorial Jury Stacking

Since reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, I’ve always been fascinated by the jury system. The fictional champion Atticus Finch taught me at a very early age that ‘a court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the [people] who make it up’.[1] Our jury…




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The Toxicity of Juvenile Imprisonment: Mandatory Sentencing in Victoria

It’s been five years since I completed work experience as a Youth Worker at the Juvenile Justice Centre, supervising male offenders between the ages of 15-20 in the Youth Training facility. Being exposed to the toxicity behind the prison walls made me appreciate why the Children’s Court is legislated to reserve incarceration as an absolute…




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‘Get a Fire in Your Belly’ for Indigenous Rights!

‘Get a fire in your belly’ was Jill Prior’s powerful message from the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service when she recently provided a moving presentation at the Progressive Law Network’s Legal (r)Evolution conference. It has been 20 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody made its 339 recommendations to essentially jam the revolving doors of our criminal…