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Just Cases

Author: Monash Law School

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Every day, law courts make decisions that change the lives of those present in the courtroom. Some decisions change society itself. JUST CASES tells the backstory to some of the biggest court cases you've never heard of.
25 Episodes
How does Australian law protect the beliefs and religious practices of witches, conjurers and fortune-tellers? A High Court case from the 1930s could provide the answers.There’s a big debate about religious freedom in Australia after the federal government announced plans to introduce new federal religious discrimination laws.Most of the coverage of the religious freedom debate focuses on protecting the major religions, most notably Christianity. But there’s some religious groups that don’t get any coverage at all. What if you’re a witch or a Wiccan? A Druid or Shaman? How does Australian law protect your beliefs and religious practices?How has the law treated you over the years if you’re a conjurer or a psychic?Today JUST CASES rewinds to a 1930 case which went all the way to the High Court of Australia.Music- Lee Rosevere 'Last Call'- Lee Rosevere 'Introducing the Pre-Roll'Court case- Hansen v Archdall and Smith [1930] HCA 16 44 CLR 265 with Just
“There’s a saying in law that hard cases make bad law,” says Dr Colin Campbell. “Judges will sometimes do what they think is right in a particular case, but in doing that they will muck up the law."Numerous inquiries have uncovered widespread discrimination and exclusion against children at government schools around Australia.While state-run education departments are tasked with the responsibility of fixing this problem, there’s another institution in our society that has a major role to play: our courts.But the leading court case that dictates how the courts play this role - and which judges around Australia are obliged to follow - is seriously flawed.SHOW NOTESEpisode page @JustCasesShow All tracks by Lee Rosevere- 'Introducing the Pre-roll'- '17 - Awkward Silences version b' Dr Colin Campbell, Faculty of Law, Monash UniversityHosts- Dr Melissa Castan & James PattisonFurther reading- Purvis v New South Wales (Department of Education and Training) [2003] HCA 62: 'Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria: Final Report' (June 2018), E Jenkin, C Spivakovsky, S Joseph, M Smith, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University: Victorian students with disabilities turned away from schools, report finds (ABC News, 29 June 2018): Campbell, Colin D, "A Hard Case Making Bad Law: Purvis v New South Wales and the Role of the Comparator Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)" [2007] FedLawRw 4; (2007) 35(1) Federal Law Review 111: by Rubén Rodriguez on Unsplash: topics- Discrimination law, High Court, human rights, disability discrimination, equal opportunity.
This is the most-downloaded episode of JUST CASES and one of the most controversial.June 1996. Late at night, two young men cross paths on a Sydney street. When the sun rises the following morning, one of them will be found dead.The events of that evening are murky, but the resulting court case sent shockwaves through the community - and we still feel its effects today.Melissa & James: "While we're working on a brand new episode for you, we want to share one from the JUST CASES back-catalogue. This is one of the first JUST CASES episodes we recorded, and it's one of our favourites. A hot tip: after you've listened, check out the follow-up episode which also features Dr Kate Seear: 'How Can Safe Injecting Rooms Be Legal?':" out Kate's awesome ABC podcast, The Outer Sanctum: in this episode by Audiobinger:- 'Made Men'- 'You Cant Love Me'
Earlier this year the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced it had shut down a long-running investigation into corruption at Rolls-Royce. What did the UK authorities have to trade in exchange for Rolls-Royce’s money and cooperation?Between 1999 to 2013, the SFO and a joint BBC/The Guardian investigation revealed that Rolls-Royce - which manufactures aircraft engines and defence systems, as well as their famed luxury cars - engaged in systemic criminal activity on a global scale. In 2017, Rolls-Royce came to an agreement with the SFO, in which the company agreed to pay £671 million in return for avoiding prosecution on bribery and corruption charges.This type of agreement - referred to as a deferred prosecution agreement (or DPA) - is gaining popularity. What exactly are DPAs? Do they pull the teeth out of the criminal justice system, which already struggles to convict people for white collar crime?
The name Rolls-Royce is synonymous with luxury. But in recent years, whistleblowers have revealed the prestige brand has been exporting corruption worldwide. How does the criminal justice system respond? (RELEASE DATE: Wednesday 24 July 2019)LEARN MORE Rosevere - 'Snakes'
How does the law balance the rights of women to access safe and legal abortions with the right to free speech and protest?For over twenty years anti-abortion protesters have picketed abortion clinics around Australia. To combat this targeted harassment of women seeking safe and legal abortions, state governments have passed ‘safe access zone’ laws which create an exclusion zone around abortion clinics which protestors cannot enter. Anti-abortionists argue these laws limit their free speech. Supporters of safe access zones argue these laws are vital to ensure the safety of women seeking health care.When this law was challenged by anti-abortion protesters who had breached the exclusion zones, the High Court was faced with a major balancing act. our ONE-QUESTION SURVEY (You'll go in the draw to WIN a $50 Amazon gift card): Dr Tania Penovic, Faculty of Law, Monash University- Dr Caroline Henckels, Faculty of Law, Monash UniversityHosts- Dr Melissa Castan & James PattisonFurther reading- Explainer: what are abortion clinic safe-access zones and where do they exist in Australia? ( High Court delivers landmark ruling validating abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ ( in this episode:- Lee Rosevere - ‘Start the Day’- Lee Rosevere - ‘Waiting For the Moment That Never Comes’Law topics: Constitutional law, health law, protest, freedom of speech, implied freedom of political communication, bill of rights, human rights
A fight over a new toilet block at a Catholic school in 1962 turns into a major constitutional and ideological war, the effects of which last until today. Australians traditionally sees themselves as pretty secular compared to the rest of the world. But how Australians choose to fund their children’s education paints a very different picture.For every dollar the Federal Government spends per student in a private or independent school, public schools receive only around 75 cents per student. In 2017, Catholic schools received $8.4 billion in government funding, despite also being funded by fee-paying families. The Catholic Church in Australia is estimated to be worth between $20 billion to $30 billion. How can a secular government, in a country which espouses the separation of church and state, be allowed to fund religious schools? And when it comes to school funding, is our government playing favourites with religion?www.justcasepodcast.com notesStoryteller:Dr Luke Beck, Associate Professor, Monash Law School. ( Professor Luke Beck is a leading scholar in the field of separation of religion and government and religious freedom under the Australian Constitution. The principal focus of his research is on developing a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of section 116 of the Australian Constitution in terms of its history and underlying purposes, its relationship and interaction with broader Australian constitutional culture and how it might be best interpreted and applied.Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James PattisonExtra material:The DOGS case: Attorney-General (Vic); Ex Rel Black v Commonwealth ("DOGS case") [1981] HCA 2; (1981) 146 CLR 559 (2 February 1981) in this episode:Nathaniel Wyvern - ‘Sanctuary of the Sky Gods’Mid-Air Machine - ‘Breathing Out’John Bartman - ‘Pepper the Pig’Image:Josh Applegate (Unsplash)
Issues affecting transgender people are much more prominent in the public consciousness than they’ve ever been. This episode of JUST CASES explores one important legal issue: can children access hormone therapy or surgery in Australia? We speak to the judge who decided this important case and learn what it’s like to make such life-changing decisions.WARNING: This episode contains some difficult subject matter. There’s mentions of suicide, gender-identity issues, family violence and graphic content. If that’s difficult for you please find another episode of Just Cases to listen to. If anything in this episode brings up some difficult feelings for you please contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue, or similar support services in your community.Lifeline 13 11 14 / Blue 1300 22 46 36 / The Honourable Nahum Mushin AM, former Judge of the Family Court of Australia. Nahum Mushin AM is a Professor of Law at Monash University. Prior to his appointment to the Monash Law Faculty, he was a Judge of the Family Court of Australia for 21 years and a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for 6 years. As a consultant to the ALRC and the VLRC, he contributed to law reform in areas of matrimonial property, evidence and family violence. Professor Mushin AM was the first Monash Law graduate to be appointed as a Judge.Hosts: Dr Melissa Castan & James PattisonMusic in this episode:- 'Hot Pink' by Chad Crouch- 'Backwater' by Chad Crouch- 'Cross Stitch' by Chad Crouch
The corruption case against former South African president Jacob Zuma has begun. Zuma’s case lifts the lid on the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide.“It’s not a story of a corrupt guy, Jacob Zuma,” says Hennie van Vuuren, the director of Open Secrets, a South African organisation that investigates economic crimes and abuses of power. “[Instead] it’s a story of a network of players around the globe - in corporations, arms companies, intelligence agencies - who have been working with accountants and lawyers and others who have facilitated this corruption. As we zoom out we start to see the links spread across the globe.”Music in this episode:'Alum Drum Solo' by Blue Dot Sessions‘Melodramatic’ by DJ Ollie Jwww.JustCasesPodcast.comHennie van Vuuren ( is the author of 'Apartheid, Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit', which shows how a secret global network of banks, governments and big business dodged international sanctions to supply the last Apartheid regime with weapons, and how this legacy of corruption, which resulted in the gutting of democratic institutions and the murders of those who attempted to expose it, still survives to this day.More informationOpen Secrets: series: They Killed Dulcie
Episode 11 Trailer

Episode 11 Trailer


The corruption trial of former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, exposes the influence of weapons companies on governments worldwide. (UPCOMING EPISODE)www.JustCasesPodcast.comMusic: 'Alum Drum Solo' by Blue Dot Sessions
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