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    1. Hakeem al-Araibi returning to Australia after Thai court rules extradition case be dropped This is a follow-up to this previous story: Refugee footballer Hakeem AlAraibi to remain in Thai prison...

      Hakeem al-Araibi returning to Australia after Thai court rules extradition case be dropped

      This is a follow-up to this previous story: Refugee footballer Hakeem AlAraibi to remain in Thai prison after bail request rejected

      4 votes
    2. Man says he doesn’t have to lodge tax returns because he’s not a ‘person’ Based on his patterns of speech - "who stated his name was Glen, of the family Polglaise" - and his argument that he's a...

      Man says he doesn’t have to lodge tax returns because he’s not a ‘person’

      Based on his patterns of speech - "who stated his name was Glen, of the family Polglaise" - and his argument that he's a human being who waives his right to recognition as a person, he seems to be a "freeman on the land" (also known in the USA as a "sovereign citizen").

      18 votes
    3. So... here's an article I read in my newspaper earlier this week: "Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online". As you might imagine, this left me quite...

      So... here's an article I read in my newspaper earlier this week: "Why the media is unable to report on a case that has generated huge interest online". As you might imagine, this left me quite unenlightened. I had no way of knowing or guessing what this case was, or who was involved. It was only a few days later, in conversation with some people I work with, that I found out what had happened.

      And this is the first chance I've had since then to sit down and research the story for myself.

      In short, Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic Church official to stand trial for sexual abuse, has been convicted of sexual abuse offences relating to his time as Archbishop of Melbourne in the late 1990s.

      However, the Victorian court hearing the case has imposed a suppression order on the case, which applies in every jurisdiction in Australia. We have seen no reporting of the case as it proceeded, and no reporting of the outcome.

      Before some people start assuming that this is protecting the Church, it's related to the right of an accused person to a free trial. Cardinal Pell is facing another trial in a few months for further charges of sexual abuse on a minor (relating to his time as a priest in Ballarat in the 1970s), and the court feels that reporting the outcome of this trial will potentially influence any possible jurors for that trial. Those possible jurors should go into that trial without any preconceived ideas of the accused person's guilt - and reporting that he is guilty of similar charges will undermine his right to a fair trial.

      All that we in Australia are being told is "George Pell removed from Pope Francis's cardinal advisory body". It's obvious why he was removed... if you know about the conviction.

      32 votes