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Hot Topics 85: Human rights
Hot Topics 85: Human rights. Gives an overview of human rights law from its origins and sources, through to the development of modern human rights law. It discusses the domestic operation of human rights law and looks at the rights-based approaches, with case studies on housing and health in Australia.



Explains the NSW court and prison system in a way that avoids jargon and complicated legal language. It is directed at those people who are unfamiliar with the processes involved with arrest, trial and imprisonment of a family member or friend. The Justice Maze was made with the intention of supporting families and friends of an accused by providing them with information and contacts for support agencies.

The Justice Maze will enable disadvantaged and marginalised groups to better understand the criminal justice system and gain access to essential legal, community and government resources. It will also enable government and community workers to better understand the system, and the economic, legal, social and psychological implications for prisoners and their families

Produced by Community Restorative Centre (CRC)


Information for victims of crime about going to court in New South Wales, Australia. From JusticeNSW.

A series of 10 short videos. Click here to go to the web page.


Anti-Poverty Week runs from 15-21 October 2017
Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. It was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17. 


Watch this short animation from the Parliament of Victoria to understand how laws are made.


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Living with the enemy

Living with the enemy explores differences that may impact on social cohesion in Australia by asking people to live with others whose lifestyles and beliefs directly contradict their own.

Same-sex marriage. Living with the enemy. Episode 1. An atheist gay couple spend ten days with a conservative Anglican minister.

Detention Centres. Living with the enemy. Episode 2.  Morteza is a former 'boat person' who spent four years in detention centres. He will live with Jenni for ten days. She believes that asylum seekers should not be allowed in Australia.

Immigration. Living with the enemy. Episode 320,000 Sudanese refugees have recently arrived in Australia, some after many years in camps. Many have experienced racism.

Islam. Living with the enemy. Episode 4. Lydia and Ahmed try to convince Ben that there are moderate Muslims.

Hunters. Living with the enemy. Episode 5. Two Australians who have different views on the ethics of animal hunting, must live in each other's worlds for ten days.

Marijuana. Living with the enemy. Episode 6. Michael, Australia's no.1 public advocate for marijuana, and former drug-user Kerry, who is now a school drug educator, spend ten days living together debating the legalisation of marijuana.


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