Tag: Lawyer

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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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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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‘Sexting’ Laws in Victoria: Distinguishing Child Pornography from High-Tech Flirtation

Back when I was in primary school, our lunchtimes occasionally consisted of playing ‘kiss chasey’ – a game of tag by mode of kissing. I was never the popular kid in the schoolyard and on the rare occasion where I had been kissed or selected to start the game I remember most girls would run…




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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…