Translated elder abuse resources now available

Caxton Legal Centre has recently produced several elder abuse fact sheets translated into languages other than English. The resources have been translated into Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Serbian and Tagalog. The World Health Organisation estimates that prevalence of elder abuse is between 2% - 14% in high- or middle-income countries. Social … Continue reading Translated elder abuse resources now available

Statements on the passing of Aboriginal leader Sam Watson 

Artwork: Jyi Lawton A Murri can't have grown up in Brisbane without acknowledging they knew or knew of Uncle Sam Watson.  For many years Sam carried the torch for community whilst working for organisations to be a shield against inequality, unfairness and racism. He featured highly in media reports and was sought out by the … Continue reading Statements on the passing of Aboriginal leader Sam Watson 

Coronial Investigations in Queensland: (Counter)-Therapeutic Effects

  The Coronial Assistance Legal Service is operated by Caxton Legal Centre and Townsville Community Legal Service. The service is funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney General to provide legal advice and representation to bereaved families in contact with the Coronial system.  In November 2019 Caxton Legal Centre hosted a panel discussion on … Continue reading Coronial Investigations in Queensland: (Counter)-Therapeutic Effects

Elder abuse website goes live 

Elder Abuse Action Australia and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department have launched Australia’s new website “Compass – Guiding action on elder abuse”.   The website is the culmination of calls by organisations and individuals for a national knowledge hub on elder abuse.   Cybele Koning, CEO of Caxton Legal Centre and Elder Abuse Action Australia Board Member, describes the launch of Compass … Continue reading Elder abuse website goes live 

New laws to limit peaceful protest

Today the Queensland Government will debate laws cracking down on protesting in Queensland.  The new laws are likely to be passed shortly and include:  Increased powers for police to stop and search protestors and vehicles  Increased penalties for using a range of ‘lock-on’ devices, whether or not they are intended to cause harm  The laws are purportedly designed … Continue reading New laws to limit peaceful protest

Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service Update: Building collaboration across health and justice sectors

OPALS is “live”! OPALS officially commenced on 5 August 2019.  It started in the Princess Alexandra Hospital and surrounding health area but will roll-out across Metro South.  It is the first of its kind in Queensland.  Prior to 5 August, Caxton staff and our partners at Metro South Health worked diligently behind the scenes to develop how … Continue reading Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service Update: Building collaboration across health and justice sectors

No justification for new protest laws

While a number of arrests under existing laws have been made during recent climate change protests, Queenslanders have not been provided with truly cogent reasons as to why existing laws are insufficient. “Until clear and compelling evidence of the justification for these new laws is made public we believe that the proposed amendments should not … Continue reading No justification for new protest laws

Family represented by Coronial Assistance Legal Service

Caxton lawyer Yatarla Clarke acted for the family of David Chivers in an inquest before Central Coroner O’Connell in March 2019 as part of our Coronial Assistance Legal Service.  The inquest considered the circumstances of the deaths and presumed deaths of 8 men as a result of two separate incidents involving the capsize of fishing … Continue reading Family represented by Coronial Assistance Legal Service

Coronial Assistance Legal Service in action

In November 2018 Caxton lawyer Klaire Coles acted for the family of Kerri Pike in the inquest into the death of Kerri Pike, Peter Dawson and Tobias Turner before Northern Coroner Wilson over 5 days in Cairns. Rachelle Logan of counsel appeared pro bono for the Pike family. Kerri’s death occurred in a skydiving accident … Continue reading Coronial Assistance Legal Service in action

Caxton Legal Centre welcomes State Government’s removal of children from police watch houses

Caxton Legal Centre welcomes the State Government’s recent action to remove children from police watch houses. Klaire Coles, Director of the Centre’s Coronial and Custodial Justice Practice, said “We consider the practice of children being kept for unacceptable periods of time, sometimes weeks, in watch houses to be unlawful. Children must be moved to more … Continue reading Caxton Legal Centre welcomes State Government’s removal of children from police watch houses