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Stories for Friday, 27 March 2015
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WA to pass new anti-protest laws   
Produced by Paul Van Lieshout

A new bill introduced by the WA Government could see protestors jailed for up to 12 months or fined $12,000. The bill targets people using or intending to use thumb or arm locks to attach themselves to objects. The Criminal Code Prevention of Lawful Activity Bill would make it illegal to create a ‘physical barrier’ to someone to going about their business. Civil libertarians and human rights activists are up in arms and the State Opposition have vowed to repeal the law if they come into office.

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Government sees the light, returns legal services funding   
Produced by Steven Riggall

After steadfastly ignoring the pleas of the legal community to restore legal aid funding cut in 2013, the Attorney General has returned around $25 million to the sector. Until recently there had been a growing campaign to reverse cuts to Aboriginal Legal Services and community legal centres in particular. In his announcement of policy Attorney General George Brandis acknowledged a growing conversation about the issue of domestic violence, saying the funding will help victims seek the help they need. So does this indicate a change of heart by the government or just a convenient shift to ward off criticism?

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Great Barrier Reef Plan leaves environmentalists unimpressed   
Produced by Jack Lawrie

On Saturday, the federal government released it's plan to address the declining health of the Great Barrier Reef. It was met by criticism from environmental groups who claim the government's interests are self-serving and inadequate for dealing with the risk faced by the Reef.

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Budget 2015-16: What does the Consumer Health Forum want?   
Produced by Steven Riggall

Continuing our look at what the community wants in the upcoming budget, we turn now the budget submission of the Consumer Health Forum. The Consumer Health Forum advocates on issues related the costs of healthcare expenditure by government and in their submission have targeted in particular the funding agreement between the federal government and the pharmacy guild.

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