Tag: Victoria

“I USED TO BE IN A GANG!”: When is a gang not a gang?

With mainstream media and the Federal Government leading a racist moral panic about ‘African gangs’ apparently tormenting wide sections of Australian society, True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston shares his experiences of growing up with youth gangs on the mean streets of Glasgow and wonders why some groups of young men ‘become’ gangs. Continue reading ““I USED TO BE IN A GANG!”: When is a gang not a gang?”

JUSTICE FOR SALE! The Real Costs of Going to Jail

The Victorian Government has announced it will spend $345 million over three years on almost 500 new cells to deal with the state’s overcrowded jail system and increasing prison population. True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston wonders whether throwing hundreds of millions of dollars into a failed system is a wise move. Continue reading “JUSTICE FOR SALE! The Real Costs of Going to Jail”

OPINION: Pell & the Pall of Secrets

There is an extraordinary amount of information being hidden concerning the trial of Catholic Church leader, George Pell. Key aspects of the case, and related offences, are apparently subject to a suppression order by the courts. This aspect of the trial ought to be discussed, writes an academic with an interest in child abuse cases under the pen name of Lady Diodati. Continue reading “OPINION: Pell & the Pall of Secrets”

“I’ll knock you out, bro” – police officers threaten Melbourne Muslim man before brawl at McDonald’s drive-through

A Facebook live stream has captured troubling vision of Victoria Police officers threatening to bash a young Muslim man at a suburban McDonald’s outlet in Melbourne, before swinging a punch at him and then capscisum-spraying his face while a number of officers were already piled on top of him. Continue reading ““I’ll knock you out, bro” – police officers threaten Melbourne Muslim man before brawl at McDonald’s drive-through”

Patients not safe from rape in Victorian hospitals

Always believed hospital was a safe place where you would be looked after and treated accordingly with care? Well, you may need to think again following the release of shocking figures this week. Continue reading “Patients not safe from rape in Victorian hospitals”