The biggest legal cases you've never heard of

Episode 1: A dagger at the heart of society


 

In the middle of WW1,

the Australian government launches a stinging attack on an international 'extremist' network of German sympathisers. When a policeman is murdered in a small country town, the stage is set for a showdown between his killers and a political system with everything to lose.

 


Episode 2: Help! I crashed my Uber


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In the gig economy,  

our cars, spare rooms and spare time have become handy money-earners. But sometimes things don't go as planned. If you're an Uber driver or Deliveroo cyclist and you injure someone else on the job, who has to cough up the money?

 

Storyteller: Dr Joanna Kyriakakis, Monash Law School

 

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*Bonus Episode* 

Chief Justice, is the same-sex marriage postal vote doomed?


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On 5 September 2017, 

the High Court of Australia will hear a legal challenge to the Federal Government's same-sex marriage postal vote. What's the legal challenge all about? Hint: it's not about human rights.

Join Robert French, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, as he reflects on two very similar cases he decided that provide the basis for the current case.

CONTENT WARNING: heady legal concepts contained within. Listener discretion advised.

UPDATE: On 7 September the High Court rejected the challenge and ruled that the postal vote could proceed. Ballots are due to be sent out from 12 September, with a result expected in early October 2017.

 

Guest: The Hon. Robert French AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (2008-2017)

Notes: You can find the case information for the legal challenge on the High Court website, as below:

 

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Episode 3: How you can be detained for life without trial


The story of Ahmed Al-Kateb has far-reaching consequences for individual liberty in Australia. This is the story of a man who wanted to go home to Palestine, but who the High Court decided could be held indefinitely despite committing no crime.

Constitutional law expert Patrick Emerton describes this "shocking case" as one which "shows us how even very clever judges sitting on the High Court can sometimes make terrible mistakes". 

Storyteller: Assoc. Professor Patrick Emerton, Monash Law School

 

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Episode 4: They don't teach you this at law school


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"I can't look this case up in a book," says Dr Kate Seear from Monash Law School. "But it's been imprinted on the minds and memories of people who inject drugs in Australia."

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, as Dr Seear explains, the resulting court case "sent shockwaves through the community" and we still feel its effects today.

Storyteller: Dr Kate Seear, Monash Law School

BONUS AUDIO: 

How can safe injecting rooms be legal?

The Victorian State Government has announced it will set up a safe injecting room, located in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond. It's a first for the state, and only the second in Australia. A safe injecting room in Sydney's Kings Cross was established in 2001.

The announcement comes in response to a growing heroin problem in Victoria. The ABC reports the number of Victorians dying from overdoses has doubled in the last five years, and in the Richmond area alone 34 people died from heroin overdoses in a single year, all within a four-block radius from where the new service will be established.

In this bonus episode, Melissa talks with Dr Kate Seear, about how safe injecting rooms and needle exchanges work. How can they be legal while drugs are illegal?

This extra audio was recorded just before the Victorian Government's announcement.

If you haven't listened to Episode 4 of Just Cases there's a few things about the case that are mentioned so it might be worth going back and having a listen to Episode 4: They Don't Teach You This At Law School.

 

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