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    The Weekly News Roundup - 8th April 2019

    12/04/19 5:05 PM


    Teachers and parents 'powerless' to stop spread of Instagram and Snapchat fights in Canberra

    A Canberra high school teacher says many staff members feel "powerless" to stop a "24/7 cycle" of cyberbullying and physical violence among their students.

    ‘I am trying to protect the pictures of this woman’: Legal stoush of Justine Damond video

    A legal stoush has broken out in the US over whether police video of Australian yoga instructor Justine Ruszczyk Damond naked and “gasping for breath in the last moments of her life” should be shown to the media and members of the public.

    Ticket reseller Viagogo defends practices in face of consumer and industry backlash

    This week, Viagogo executives were in Australia to meet with politicians in Canberra and, in particular, lobby against Labor's proposed cap on resale prices. Many of the customer complaints posted in online review forums and dedicated Facebook groups centre on people not being aware they are buying from a reseller, rather than the official ticket provider.

    Tasmania set to be first in Australia to allow birth certificate gender change

    Tasmania is poised to become the first Australian jurisdiction to make gender optional on birth certificates after landmark legislation passed an upper-house milestone.


    Penalties should be increased for vegan protesters: Attorney-General

    Vegan activists who invade farms and slaughterhouses to stage political protests must face tougher criminal penalties, the federal Attorney-General has told his state counterparts.

    Blonde left with 'mullet' after salon trip fails to win $30,000 payout

    For Jessica Bray, it was more dramatic than the usual disappointment after leaving a hairdresser, when an appointment with a hair salon in South Melbourne resulted in a $30,000 damages claim after her bleached blonde hair fell out, leaving her with a "mullet".

    Starc sues over $1.5m injury payout for IPL contract

    Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is taking legal action to get $1.53 million of his Indian Premier League contract paid out after he was injured in last year's ill-fated Test series against South Africa.

    Sydney company fined $90,000 after worker crushed

    A Sydney earthmoving company has been fined $90,000 after a 26-year-old man was crushed underneath the body of a dump truck and seriously injured.


    Qld appoints ‘highly respected’ barrister as new Solicitor-General

    Sandy (Gavin Alexander) Thompson QC, who was called to the bar in 1983 and was appointed senior counsel in 1998, will serve as Queensland’s second law officer until 2024, providing expert legal advice to the Attorney-General and the Crown.

    Voluntary assisted dying will soon be legal in Victoria, and this is what you need to know

    The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) comes into effect on June 19, making Victoria the first state in Australia to allow “voluntary assisted dying”.

    More Queenslanders die from domestic violence-related suicide than homicide each year

    One hundred and twenty people involved in Queensland domestic and family violence cases died by suicide in the three years to last July, compared to 71 homicide deaths in the same period, according to a government-established board examining family violence deaths.


    National family court should be scrapped and powers given to states, according to review of the system

    Control over the family law system should be given to the states and territories, rather than the Commonwealth, under a radical proposal from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC).

    School’s party invite ban slammed as ‘bloody ridiculous’

    A Sydney school’s decision to ban students from handing out birthday party invitations has infuriated parents across the country, with many claiming the move is “bubble wrapping kids”. Mosman Public School established the ban on party invitations in an effort to avoid hurting the feelings of students who were not invited, The Daily Telegraph reports.

    Warner Bros. makes a copyright claim against a pro-Trump video using the 'Dark Knight' theme

    "The use of Warner Bros.' score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized," the entertainment company said in a statement Tuesday. "We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed."


    Rush set to receive millions in defamation victory against The Daily Telegraph

    Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded $850,000 in damages and may receive millions more in lost earnings after he won his defamation case against Sydney tabloid The Daily Telegraph over reports accusing him of "inappropriate behaviour" towards a female co-star.

    Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, found guilty of breaching bail by British court

    A judge in London has found WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange guilty of breaching his bail at Westminster Magistrates Court.

    The way we get divorced could be about to change

    After years of uncertainty about the future of the family law system, the next government now has a clear roadmap for how to amend the law, and improve the system of justice, for all those unfortunate enough to go through a relationship breakdown.

    'We’re not kidding': Animal activists could face jail under Morrison’s tough new policy

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants vegan activists who target farmers' homes to face jail terms of up to 12 months.


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    Micaela Corr

    Written by Micaela Corr