Auscript welcomes referral to Queensland Auditor-General: @Qldaah #auslaw #qldpol

Allegations against contractor Auscript of poor court transcripts. The Newman Government announced the outsourcing of court transcription and recording services to Auscript on February 22, 2013. The then Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie, declared that this would save $6 million. The move ultimately resulted in the shutting down of the State Reporting Bureau (SRB). “The outsourcing of transcription services is expected to save the State up to $6 million annually,” he stated at the time. However, on August 7, 2014, it was revealed that Auscript was a LNP donor, who paid $2,000 to attend a function. Chief executive, Peter Wyatt, also donated $5,000 to the LNP. Another company he was director of gave an amount […]

Only taking it to the streets will stop #csg: Bob Debus to @RobinMosman #Pilliga

About three years ago, when I first started to become really aware of the threats presented by coal seam gas mining, I happened to meet up with Bob Debus. Some of you will remember him as NSW’s longest serving Environment Minister. Such was his capability that he typically held 4 ministries at any one time. Here in the Blue Mountains where we were lucky enough to have him as our local Member, he was affectionately known as “the Minister for Everything”. During part of that time I was president of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, and we met fairly often about various issues. In 2007 he went on to serve […]

Bloggers beware: law uneasy about citizen journalists and court reporting

By No Fibs legal reporter Joan Evatt August 7, 2013 On July 1 this year the NSW government’s amendments to the NSW Court Security Act (2005) became effective as law. It is the government’s first real attempt to come to terms with the growth of social media and its impact on the law. The media has historically played a critical role in the ‘open justice’ principle of the law. Its role has been the public’s eyes and ears in any court proceedings. Now that the mainstream media is in such financial and structural disarray, that role has been compromised. ‘New media’ or ‘social media’ has started to fill the void […]