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  • Australia’s journey toward a police state – Professor Philip Alston

    Professor Philip Alston delivered a scathing indictment of Australia’s recent legislative response to perceived security issues. Titled “Could Australia really become a police state?” the speech detailed the striking similarities between the Federal Government’s recent swathe of security measures and the activities of totalitarian governments throughout modern history.

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  • In search of certainty: Is the Vic Police Act a step forward?

    A feature article in the most recent Law Institute Journal, In Search of Certainty, examines the issues surrounding the new Victoria Police Act and its implications for police accountability in Victoria.

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  • Racial Profiling champians shortlisted for Human Rights Award

    Two young men from Flemington, Daniel Haile Michael and Maki Issa have been shortlisted for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Young People’s Human Rights Medal for their work against racial profiling.

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  • Police investigating police is “failing our state”

    A Federal Senator has made a strong call for an independent body to investigate and prosecute cases of misconduct by police in Victoria.   In a speech to Federal Senate on Tuesday 30th September, Senator Gavin Marshall (Victoria—Deputy President of the Senate and Chair of Committees) welcomed the compensation recently awarded to Ms Corinna Horvath who was brutally assaulted...

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  • An apology for Corinna Horvath

    Corrinna Horvath has recieved a welcome and a significant compensation from the State of Victoria along with an apology from Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

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  • Coronial findings into death of Michael Atakelt

    A death we need to learn from Findings from the long running inquest into the death of a young Ethiopian-Australian man, Michael Atakelt. who was found dead in the Maribyrnong River in 2011 were handed down on Thursday 28th August, 2014. Michael’s body was found floating near the Raleigh Rd, Maribyrnong pontoon on July 7, 2011.  Issues had been...

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  • Why the Police Act needs changing

    When it comes to police violence and misconduct Victoria’s laws protect police, not its citizens. The new Victoria Police Act 2013, which came into force in July, may already need to be amended due to a recent United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) decision.

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  • Britain acts to reign in stop and search

    After decades of public controversy, the British Government has launched a new scheme to monitor and hold police stop and search practices to account.   In a move that could be replicated by Victoria Police in Australia, all police forces in England and Wales have agreed to adopt a new government code of conduct on the use of their...

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  • A new call for Police Accountability

    Thirteen Victorian and Australian legal, human rights and civil society organisations have today called for a substantive response by the State of Victoria to the recent findings of the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the long-running case of Victorian woman, Corinna Horvath.

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  • Lex Wotton free to speak: four-year gag order lifted

    The death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee on Palm Island on November 19, 2004 and the protests that followed,  are tragic and clear demonstrations of the need for police accountability. Following Doomadgee’s death, the Attorney General indicted Senior Sargent Chris Hurley for a criminal trial. This was the first time action of this kind had been taken by the...

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  • “We will get better” Racial Profiling Update

    We continue to monitor and engage with the roll out of the commitments made by Victoria Police in the Equality is Not the Same report and we want to keep you up to date.

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  • Victorian Civil Justice Award 2014

    The Australian Lawyers Alliance’s highly regarded Victorian Civil Justice Award 2014 has been awarded to the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, in recognition of its outstanding work representing all the way to the United Nations, a young Victorian woman, Corinna Horvath, who was subjected to police brutality. Corinna Horvath was brutally assaulted by a group of police during a raid on...

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  • UN condemns inadequate response to police violence

    A powerful condemnation of the failure of Victoria’s laws to provide adequate remedies to victims of police violence has been delivered by the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) in the recent and long awaited decision of Horvath v Australia (‘Horvath’).

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  • 18 Years Too Long

    In a damning decision, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has found that remedying police violence requires Victoria to take steps it has shirked up to this point.

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  • Grassroots racial profiling monitoring project

    Exciting moves are afoot to form a community-based ‘Racial Profiling Monitoring Project’ to monitor the outcomes of the Vicpol Equality Report

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  • ‘Africans in New Year’s Brawl’ – Our Response

    In a recent article in the Melbourne Age, ‘African youth in New Year’s brawl’ Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle was quoted as saying:

    “Rather than take the approach that we’re not going to talk about this for fear of being branded racist, or saying, ‘why are these young people here, why don’t they integrate’, we actually need to say this…

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  • Police must not investigate their own: six enduring myths

    Police killings are big news, but the investigations that follow have unearthed a culture of violence without accountability. The solution is civilian investigators – but there are a few myths that need to be dispelled first, writes Tamar Hopkins

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  • An end to racial profiling in sight

    In February 2013, six years after the case began, on the eve of an eightweek trial and as Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay was expected to give evidence, it was settled.

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