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December 2018

North Queensland Women’s Legal Service pans controversial family court merger plan
Vulnerable women and children would be worse off under a controversial shake-up of the family courts, a Townsville-based women’s legal ­service has warned. More

If you've been abused as a child, Queensland is the unluckiest state to be in
Thursday is my 27th birthday and that means it’s been exactly one year since my trial. When the jury found the defendant “guilty” on both counts of “indecent treatment of a child” I cried and cried. More

Queensland is Australia’s worst state for sexual abuse survivors to find justice
Queensland is “trailing far behind” other Australian states and territories in how they respond to rape and sexual abuse and a whole of system review is needed, it has been claimed. More

Court challenge launched over minister's 'flawed' decision on Adani water trigger
The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a federal court challenge to the environment minister Melissa Price’s decision not to apply the water trigger in assessing water infrastructure for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine. More

No complaints about enforced non-gendered language, despite Katter bill
Despite attempts to legislate the right to use "he", "she" and other gendered words in the workplace, there have been no complaints to Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland from people being forced to use non-gendered language at work. More

Right to healthy environment
A Chinchilla resident has weighed in on Queensland's new Human Rights Bill, to highlight the importance of including a right to a healthy environment. The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and Environmental Defenders Office Qld (EDO Qld) co-hosted a seminar in Brisbane on Tuesday to discuss the issue, where key speakers including Chinchilla's Shay Dougall took to the lectern. More

September 2018

Free clinic to train domestic violence support services
A FREE domestic violence workshop will be offered in Mackay in early October to help agencies support local people experiencing family violence. The most recent Magistrates Courts of Queensland annual report for 2016-2017 shows more domestic and family violence applications were lodged with the Mackay Magistrates Court in those 12 months compared to prior years. More

With a #NotOn showcase, Brisbane is making noise to help end violence against women
In 2015 Queensland based musicians used their unique and powerful platform to take a lead on the national campaign #NotOn. Domestic violence still takes the life of one Australian woman each week, and #NotOn aims to make it clear that violence against women is… not on! On Sunday November 18th The Triffid, Newstead is showcasing some of Queensland’s best talent; raising much needed funds for the Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ). The WLSQ provides 25,000 services each year to women and children victims of domestic violence. Since 1984 WLSQ has advocated for the rights, safety and justice of women in Queensland providing legal and social work along with a 24 hour hotline for those in need. More

Disturbing gap ientifdied in Queensland's revenge porn legislation
The Queensland government has been warned of a significant gap in its revenge porn legislation, which may not cover sexually threatening posts made without associated imagery. More

Ipswich crisis housing for homeless addicts a 'crime', Queensland Government says - ABC - 1 September 2018
In a quiet street in Goodna, west of Brisbane, a group of homeless men with drug and alcohol addictions are living together and supporting each other through their recovery. The men are grateful for the opportunity and say the living arrangement is helping them. They rent the rooms through the community group Goodna Street Life, but there is a problem — it is operating illegally as an unregulated accommodation provider, something the Queensland Government has called a crime. More

August 2018

Twenty-five face legal action over same-sex marriage 'hate speech' - Brisbane Times - 31 August 2018
Comments made during last year's contentious same sex marriage campaign have landed 25 people in legal trouble after they were posted online and plastered around university campuses on posters during last year's Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. More

Attorney-General names new magistrates for regional Queensland - Mirage News - 30 August 2018
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath today announced two new magistrates for regional Queensland. More

How Centrelink leaves domestic violence victims out in the cold - Sydney Morning Herald - 29 August 2018
In 2009, Mona* was the victim of a serious car accident that left her with physical injuries and a reduced capacity to communicate. She was awarded $900,000 in compensation, and precluded from receiving social service payments for 10 years. But a few years later, after marrying and having three children, she was victimised again – by her husband's serious and sustained domestic violence. More

Merging Family and Federal Court could have devastating consequences, warns Domestic violence workers - ABC RN Breakfast - 28 August 2018
In the midst of all the leadership ructions last week, Attorney-General Christian Porter introduced two bills to amalgamate the Family and Federal Circuit Courts — with the aim of streamlining the family law system and tackling crippling delays.
The Attorney General says five reviews over the past 10 years have found there are bigger delays, higher expenses but fewer cases resolved in the Family Court, compared to the Federal Court. But Domestic Violence workers claim the proposed model moves from a family law specialist approach to adopting a generalist court model. More

Court merger plans anger violence experts
Domestic violence experts are furious with a "woefully deficient" consultation period on radical changes to Australia's family court system. Angela Lynch, from Women's Legal Service Queensland, says it is frightening the merger plans are being put forward without speaking to people dealing with victims of violence. More

Brisbane City Council calls for Transurban to offer discounts for regular toll road - The Courier Mail - 17 August 2018
Brisbane City Council has urged Transurban to offer discounts to regular toll road users to help ease worsening traffic congestion. More

The women left out of the work debate - Sydney Morning Herald - 11 August 2018
This year's Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey revealed a raft of unsettling, but nonetheless unsurprising facts. Essentially, men aren't doing their share of household chores. More

This is the 'last warning shot' before a man kills his partner - Brisbane Times - 9 August 2018
There’s one day we could have saved Joy Rowley’s life. February 2011. Her former partner, James Mulhall, choked her after she asked him to leave her house. More

'I don't want to be the next Tara Brown,' says Queensland mother - Brisbane Times - 4 August 2018
The hug at the door, the warm smile and cosy home give no outward clues of the trauma Julie (not her real name) has suffered at the hands of violent ex-husband, “Ronald”. More

Yarrabah man eligible for parole next month after attack on pregnant girlfriend - Cairns Post - 2 August 2018
Domestic violence in Yarrabah has been placed under the spotlight yesterday with a father of three convicted of choking and bashing his pregnant girlfriend. More

Queensland providing 'green light' to perpetrators of sexual violence, experts say – The Guardian 2 August 2018
Women’s groups urge reform to police and legal system in state they say has murky consent laws and inadequate support services. More

Queensland police shredded rape complaint from suicidal woman – The Guardian 2 August 2018 
Queensland police shredded a woman’s rape statement – having not previously spoken to her or investigated the claim – then later told the suicidal victim they couldn’t “wave a magic wand and fix all of your problems”. More

E-health records opt out period extended – (AAP) – 2 August 2018 
The deadline to opt out of the federal government's controversial electronic My Health Records system has been extended by a month. More

March 2018

'Unjust and unfair' marriage laws to change in Queensland - Brisbane News - 6 March 2018
Queensland laws will be changed so people who change their gender do not have to divorce their partner. More

February 2018

QCAT applications skyrocket in the wake of Cyclone Debbie - Whitsunday Times - 8 February 2018 Applicants by lessors to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for tenants failing to vacate a property before the nominated handover date have jumpted 41.6 per cent in the 10 months since Cyclone Debbie hit the Whitsundays last March. Solicitor at Mackay Regional Community legal Centre Nikki Hancock said it was an indicator that many tenants simply had nowhere to go after rental vacancy rates plummeted to 2.1 per cent in January. More