May 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a set of proposed guidelines outlining a plan to end the national lifetime ban on blood donations from homosexual individuals. The ban, which many activists and medical groups say after 32 years in no longer justified, was enacted to ...[read more]
April 28, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Eight convicted drug smugglers were executed in Indonesia early Wednesday despite international criticism and pleas for clemency. Among those executed by firing squad were Australian nationals Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, part of the so-called "Bali Nine," who were arrested in 2005 for ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday ordered six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary discovery application to ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Wednesday welcomed a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws, expanded police power to enable them to move protesters who ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday announced a plan to revoke and curb citizenship of Australians involved in terrorist activities. The proposal was made as a response to over a hundred Australian nationals who have traveled overseas to fight for the Islamic State (IS), finding ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The High Court of Australia on Wednesday ruled that the off-shore detention of more than 150 ethnic Tamil refugees aboard an Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) vessel was lawful under the Maritime Powers Act of 2013. The case was brought by 157 Tamil refugees fleeing Sri ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Emelina Perez
A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes they will overturn the ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially ...[read more]
September 9, 2014
by Ann Schober
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that ...[read more]
August 8, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two ...[read more]

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