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New Zealand justice minister Kiri Allan resigned from her position on Monday after she was charged with careless driving and resisting arrest. Allan was taken into custody by police Sunday night after she was involved in a vehicle collision with a parked car in Wellington. Police attended the accident and Allan returned a breath test [...]

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A Royal Commission into Australia’s Robodebt scheme has referred several government officials for civil and criminal prosecution after handing down its final report on Friday. The inquiry included 46 days of hearings, received over 1000 submissions and heard from 115 witnesses regarding the unlawful scheme. The report contains an “additional sealed chapter that is not [...]

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In a joint statement on Saturday, the Australian, Canadian and United Kingdom Foreign Ministers urged Israel to reverse its decision to expand settlements in the West Bank. They also expressed concern about the surge of violent attacks in the West Bank and the decreasing prospects for peace agreements between Palestine and Israel. The Israeli government [...]

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The Australian federal government on Thursday passed emergency legislation to prevent the Russian Federation from building a new embassy near Australia’s parliament. The Home Affairs Act 2023 cancels Russia’s lease of land in the Australian capital Canberra, citing risks to national security. At a press conference, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said that the law [...]

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An investigation into Australia’s New South Wales Police Force released Wednesday found that police officers lack appropriate training to manage domestic violence cases and identified gaps in reporting processes. The NSW Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) report reviewed instances where officers were investigated for inadequately responding to domestic violence and instances where officers were accused [...]

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An Australian corruption watchdog urged the Northern Territory (NT) government on Thursday to audit personnel records of public officers with certain role qualifications. The move follows findings of corruption within the recruitment processes in the public sector. The NT Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) released the findings of an independent investigation, concluding that a public [...]

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The UN is set to sanction Australia for failing to meet its international human rights obligations. On Saturday, in an exclusive interview with The Saturday Paper, vice-chair of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), Aisha Shujune Muhammad, said that Australia has failed to implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and [...]

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An Australian police force is launching an internal investigation after police officers tasered a 95-year-old woman at an elderly care facility. In a statement released last week, the New South Wales Police Force confirmed that “ critical incident investigation has been launched after an elderly woman sustained injuries during an interaction with police at an [...]

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A climate change advocacy group has filed an application for judicial review on Tuesday in the New Zealand High Court following claims that recent climate regulations fail to meet emissions reduction targets. Lawyers for Climate Action NZ Inc (LCANZI) filed the statement of claim against the Minister of Climate Change, claiming that the price and [...]

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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government Tuesday introduced a bill to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 years old to 14. The Justice (Age of Criminal Responsibility) Legislation Amendment Bill 2023  has been introduced in the Legislative Assembly, making the ACT the first Australian jurisdiction to increase the age of criminal responsibility [...]

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