Press conference: Daniel Andrews’ Firearm Protection Orders

Press conference: Daniel Andrews’ Firearm Protection Orders won’t make up for his weakening of anti-gang laws in 2015 (just like he did with bail, sentencing, policing!). Victoria now faces another law and order crisis: this time it’s bikie gangs at war. Much...
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Labor rorts: auditor urged to act

24 Mar 2018 • Weekend Australian, Australia (General News) by John Ferguson The Victorian Auditor-General has been asked to investigate the full legal costs of Labor fighting the Ombudsman’s investigation into a rorts-for-votes scandal. While the government yesterday put...
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No action on Labor MP rorts

22 Mar 2018 • Age, Melbourne (General News) by Benjamin Preiss Adam Carey Noel Towell DAMNING REPORT State Labor MPs involved in rorting nearly $400,000 in taxpayer money face no further consequences, despite a damning investigation by the public watchdog. A report by the...
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A-G urged to fall on his sword

22 Mar 2018 • The Australian, Australia (General News) by Rebecca Urban Samantha Hutchinson Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula – the man with ultimate responsibility for law and justice in the state – will come under pressure to justify his position after an...
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Victoria softer on violent criminals

  17 Mar 2018 • Weekend Australian, Australia (General News) by John Ferguson IMPRISONMENT RATES LOWER STATE OF DISORDER Violent criminals and sexual offenders are proportionally less likely to be jailed in Victoria than any other Australian jurisdiction, a new report will...
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Judges’ softer serve for crims

06 Mar 2018 • The Australian, Australia (General News) by Samantha Hutchinson VICTORIAN JUDICIARY HANDS OUT 38PC OF NATION’S COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS Victorian judges have issued more community service orders than any other state to criminals, including for violent offences...
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Court raid alarm

06 Mar 2018 • Herald Sun, Melbourne (General News) by Shannon Deery Staff security passes stolen by burglars A MAJOR security breach at Melbourne’s children’s court has sparked alarm among senior government and court officials. In the midst of Melbourne’s youth...
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MAGISTRATE STOOD DOWN IN HARASS PROBE

06 Mar 2018 • Herald Sun, Melbourne (General News) by Shannon Deery A MAGISTRATE has been stood down amid serious sexual assault allegations exposed by the Herald Sun. Almost three months after the allegations surfaced, magistrate Raj Malhotra has been stood down after...
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Row over reference

02 Mar 2018 • Herald Sun, Melbourne (General News) by Padraic MurphyFahour letter under the spotlight A REFERENCE written on government letterhead that helped save disgraced AFL executive Ali Fahour from a criminal conviction may have broken the law and breached public service...
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Chief magistrate defends court’s decision to bail

28 Feb 2018 Riverine Herald, Echuca VIC VICTORIA’S chief magistrate has defended the court’s decision to bail an Echuca man accused of child sex offences. In a letter to the Riv, Peter Lauritsen responded to last week’s article which revealed an 18-year-old man charged with two...
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Loopholes let violent teens avoid jail time

08 Feb 2018 • The Australian, Australia (General News) by Samantha Hutchinson Tough new laws brought in by the Andrews government to crack down on violent crime and young offenders are being rendered ineffective by loopholes that mean perpetrators are rarely punished in line with...
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A-G defends slow pace of reform to state bail laws

  03 Feb 2018 • Geelong Advertiser, Geelong VIC (General News) VICTORIAN Attorney-General Martin Pakula has defended the implementation of stricter bail laws, saying the Government won’t rush the “extremely complex” changes. The Government has been accused...
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