Posted: January 1st, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: REBLOG! | Comments Off on REBLOG! Out of Order
First Published by Fairfax in December 2013 :: In the Magistrates Court annual report, released on November 27 2013, chief executive Andrew Tenni said intervention orders had risen 42 per cent over five years, to a record 44,455 for 2012-13. That was up almost 4000 on the previous year, when then chief magistrate Ian Gray warned the steep rise in intervention orders was “a significant concern”.
Exactly why these numbers are soaring is a topic of hot debate in legal circles. Partly, it’s because definitions of abusive and violent behaviour were expanded five years ago to capture issues such as economic threats. Another reason is that Victoria Police are applying for many more intervention orders than they have in the past to combat family violence. People are also much more aware of their right to apply for an order by simply filling in a form at the Magistrates Court, with no fee. These changes are positive steps to match legal rights with community expectations.
Another reason, however, is misuse. It’s the elephant in the room that few wish to talk about. Several interview requests to the Magistrates Court and Victoria Police were stonewalled. A spokeswoman for the Magistrates Court warned she would not like to see a story that discouraged people from applying for intervention orders.
But barrister Nicholas Kanarev is prepared to stick his neck out, and wrote a paper earlier this year on Intervention Orders in Victoria: Their use and potential for misuse. He concluded that intervention orders have become a significant part of the legal landscape. “Often they are the entry point into the legal system by parties whose personal relationship has ended . . . Conversely, they can be another tool in the arsenal of feuding neighbours.”
Intervention orders are meant to protect people who are in real fear for their safety. Family violence intervention orders protect people from abusive or threatening relatives, often where partners have separated or have a volatile relationship. Personal safety intervention orders protect people from a non-relative who makes them feel unsafe, usually a neighbour or work colleague.
A typical order may prohibit someone from contacting the applicant in person, by phone, text or email or going within 100 metres of them, their home or their workplace.
In another recent case, Kanarev acted for a real estate agent who managed a block of flats. One tenant, who the agent suspected owned a cat in breach of the lease, refused an inspection, then took out an intervention order against him, falsely claiming he was stalking her. The agent was not allowed within 200 metres of her flat, making his job of managing the other flats impossible. The order was eventually overturned, but he had to make several trips to court.
“Certainly, they are being overused,” Kanarev says. “People are going to the courts at the drop of a hat.”
A growing number of cases involve social media. In September last year, a candidate in the Port Phillip council elections took out an intervention order against a rival candidate, claiming the rival was posting rude and inappropriate messages on Facebook and harassing him :: by Lucinda Schmidt :: Read the full Fairfax article »»»»
Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Author: The Socialist | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: REBLOG! | Comments Off on REBLOG! Was it Fatal for You?
The NYTs Joyce Wadler writes: I have been dating age-appropriate men, and I must tell you that sex with men in their late 60s can make you a nervous wreck.
It’s the climactic moment, if you know what I’m saying. The earth moves, there’s sometimes a sharp little intake of breath, and then the man gets The Look: the face freezes and the eyes are either closed or staring at some unknowable thing, which ideally resembles you, although you will never know. The man has been transported. The God Eros and his servant Cialis have beamed him up.
When this happens with a guy in his 40s or 50s, it’s not a concern, you’re either – best case – reveling in your own state of bliss or – worst case – feeling relieved because now you’ll be able to go to the kitchen and get a Diet Pepsi :: Read the full NYTs article »»»»
Posted: March 14th, 2014 | Author: Miya Keji | Filed under: Goolge, News, REBLOG! | Tags: google, REBLOG! | Comments Off on REBLOG! ‘The Future of Internet Freedom’ According to Google
Two Google executives have penned an article for the New York Times “The Future of Interent Freedom”
In the op-ed, the duo – Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen – detail what they believe are the means to overcome internet censorship in repressive communities.
Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, assert that the coming decade will see the internet increase by five-billion users from around the globe.
The Googlers surmise that the population growth will come primarily from places like Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan and Iran where www. access is heavily censored, another dystopian divination? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 10th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Art in the Streets | Tags: REBLOG! | Comments Off on FNT! Panic in Paradise Limited Edition Screen Print via Denial Art
FAVOURITE NEW THOUGHT! our buds at denialart.com have a superneat new Limited Edition – hand layed – screen print on offer. Not only are these prints hand stenciled, they’re singed, numbered and did we mention, superneat? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: Festival, Melbourne Now, NGV, REBLOG!, White Night Melbourne | Comments Off on REBLOG! Melbourne Now via Milkbar
Melbourne Now is daylight’s answer to White Night Melbourne, the cultural festival that took the city hostage earlier this year. More manageable and minus the mosh pit, Melbourne Now does what it says – showcasing the works of nearly 400 local artists across a plethora of interactive spaces in the NGV, Ian Potter Centre and Federation Square.
A good place to start is the NGV, where large, psychedelic communal spaces have been erected in the foyer. There’s something deliciously rebellious about playing ping-pong in Melbourne’s most prestigious gallery, and this you can do, as well as stringing your own necklace with trinkets preselected by Meredith Turnbull.
Trippy installations pepper the upper levels, including Patrick Pound’s Gallery of Air – a seemingly random assortment of items that sees a whoopee-cushion, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air screenplay and Wedgwood vase fall unexpectedly into the same category :: Read the full Milkbar article »»»»
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Posted: October 6th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: NSFW!, REBLOG! | Tags: ADULT THEMES, Child Pornography, Gallery View, Life-drawing, naked, Naked and Nude, NSFW!, Nude Art, pornography, Portaiture, Portrait, R18+, REBLOG!, Thumbnail Gallery Posts | Comments Off on NSFW! R18: Has Internet Porn Killed the Naked Portrait?
Internet pornography has been on the rise since the 1980s. The ever-popular TGPs -Thumbnail Gallery Posts – have flashed the female form steadily for over two decades. Clearly this saturation of naked bods didn’t kick off with internet, Penthouse, Hustler and Playboy have all accrued billions of dollars peddling fleshy prints, the Internet however has surpassed the combined pulp volume of naked performers, and apparently internet porn is easier to hide!? :: Read the full article »»»»