Friday, July 19, 2024



New religious discrimination bill will cause damage to Australian society that will be difficult to heal

The new religious discrimination bill should be a statement of how much Australia values religious diversity and our commitment to creating a society where everyone feels safe and valued. Instead, we've had a toxic debate that has unnecessarily divided the community.

Next Australian Census to count non-binary sex

It has been a very long time coming, but the Australian Bureau of Statistics has finally agreed to count the sex and gender of...

Sexual assault resource honoured

Your Body, Your Choice, a “first of its kind”...

Supporting the careers of Aboriginal lawyers

The Legal Aid NSW Aboriginal Services Unit (ASU) coordinates, develops and implements initiatives relating specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, communities and staff.

Raising concerns about strip-search laws

Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) has raised grave concerns about increased police strip-search activity in NSW, following a police drug search operation at Central station on March 13.

Raising awareness about sexual assault

A new factsheet for students who have experienced sexual assault is available in 11 languages for international students.

Stand-up for social justice

Redfern Legal Centre celebrates 40 years with a giant comedy fundraiser

ADVOs – do they work?

The article called for “a war on domestic violence”,...

Friends with benefits – ‘landmark’ family law judgement

A Newtown law firm representing a local gay man has just won a landmark family law judgement which could re-write the Family Court’s perception of what constitutes a de facto relationship.

Protesting ‘attack on democracy’

On the morning of September 6, several hundred concerned citizens withstood wind, cold and rain to protest the latest “get Clover” legislation from the Shooters and Fishers, legislation that would see many business owners given two or more votes, while other business owners would lose the one vote they currently have.

Law and peace

For the first time in its 150-year history the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appointed a woman, Dr Helen Durham, as the Director for International Law and Policy to its headquarters in Geneva.

Questionable business of double voting

The proposed changes to council elections have been met with strong opposition from many members of the City of Sydney. The changes, which are part of the bill introduced to the state parliament on August 14 by Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Bersak, would see businesses given two votes in elections.

New website aims to stop traffic

REDFERN: The launch of a new anti-trafficking website on June 15 at the Redfern Town Hall took an unexpected turn when a group of sex workers from the Scarlett Alliance turned up to protest.

Liquor locks

KINGS CROSS: On a recent Saturday night South Sydney Herald's Peter Whitehead defied his Methodist instincts and ventured up the Cross accompanied by his work-experience Lois Lane. The bright lights, burly bouncers, bodacious body-barers, bordellos, boutique bars and booze-barns beckoned …

The law is for everybody

On April 2 the High Court ruled in favour of Redfern resident, Norrie, that human beings could not be categorised simply in terms of male or female.

A conversation to have with loved ones

Why we all need to take control, make plans for the future and “get it in black & white”

New arrest laws legalise poor policing, says legal expert

Two months before Barry O’Farrell announced the ‘one punch’ laws, he passed a different law that expands police powers to arrest without warrant. Like the ‘one punch’ laws, the arrest laws have been met with controversy, with some South Sydney community groups fearing the expanded arrest powers will reduce in-depth investigation and leave vulnerable people more exposed to abuse.

The need for a ‘better death’

When my beloved grandmother died, she was a month short of her 94th birthday. It was a solemn and sorrowful day, but overwhelmingly it was a huge relief – for me, for everyone else who cared for and/or about her, and most of all for Gran herself.

Guest Editorial – July 2013: The movement for change

I have sat and listened to many stories of horrific sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, stories that made me ashamed to be a priest and a Catholic. I have listened to people whose lives have been ruined and I have felt a sadness and horror I cannot put into words. I have spent time with people close to suicide and I have watched the moving struggle of others trying to put their lives together again.

Legal victory beyond the gender binary

On May 31 the NSW Court of Appeal ruled...

Faces behind the fashion tags

With over 1,100 lives lost, the Bangladesh factory tragedy has placed a magnifying glass over the issue of labour exploitation. From beneath the rubble, stories of survival and loss emerge – the faces behind the fashion tags.With over 1,100 lives lost, the Bangladesh factory tragedy has placed a magnifying glass over the issue of labour exploitation. From beneath the rubble, stories of survival and loss emerge – the faces behind the fashion tags.

What happens to the children?

Sarah of Chippendale asks: “My partner and I have separated. I have taken the children and want them to stay with me. How can I formalise this arrangement? What rights do I have?”

Good Will Week – protecting the ones you love

Flying overseas soon? Been divorced? Changed relationships? Own your own house or have a mortgage? Have children? Chances are you are one of the 45 per cent of Australians who don’t have a will. Maybe you don’t think you need one. Or don’t figure on dying soon! Who does? Perhaps you should take the opportunity during Good Will Week, August 5-11, to re-think your position and protect those you love.