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Ron Killeen
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Producer. Ferroequinologist. Troubadour.
Producer. Ferroequinologist. Troubadour.

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Our latest ep!
Ep 26 - get it while it's hot!

Listen:

https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-26-small-time-criminals-drink-driving-interlocks-bail-act-panama-papers-common-law-murder

Have you ever wanted to rob a bank? A group of entrepreneurial artists in Melbourne’s inner-north has set up an “escape room”-style game in a disused bank building. But the project has drawn criticism from victims’ rights advocates who say the venture is in poor taste.

Proposed changes to drink driving legislation would see anyone convicted of exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol having their vehicle fitted with an interlock device. Would the money be better spent in education, instead of penalising those who have already broken the law?

Recent changes to the Bail Act means it’s no longer an offence for children to breach their bail conditions. David and Ron explain what it means to be “on bail”.

The Panama Papers scandal has seen the resignation of a Prime Minister, as well as embarrassed back-pedalling by a number of politicians around the world. What exactly is a shell company, and why would the world’s rich and famous register businesses in a foreign country?

Police television shows that solve crimes are great for network ratings. But why are people so obsessed with murder as a part of pop culture? David and Ron explain the offence of Murder, and how investigations and prosecutions are handled by police and the Victorian justice system.

https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-26-small-time-criminals-drink-driving-interlocks-bail-act-panama-papers-common-law-murder
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Our latest episode! Enjoy :-)
Episode 25 - here it is:

https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-25-channel-9-abduction-drama-bike-law-prenups-control-orders-international-student-rights

A serious legal drama is unfolding in Lebanon. Channel 9 reporter Tara Brown and a news crew have been arrested and remanded in custody following an alleged child-stealing incident. What support can Brown and her team expect from the Australian Consulate? Would the alleged crime constitute an offence under Australian law, even if it occurred in another country?

Prenuptial agreements are sometimes undertaken by people entering a relationship. But are they actually worth the paper they’re printed on? David explains Family Law and how these contracts are viewed by the Court.

Last week Ron was critical of an MP and her parliamentary bill which would see the abolition of “drug dogs” in New South Wales. This week, a number of police are in hot water for alleged racist and sexist comments posted to the MP’s Facebook page.

Control Orders can be issued by a court, effectively limiting a person’s physical movements, internet access, freedom of association and a raft of other restrictions, despite the person not being charged with a criminal offence. Such mechanisms have existed for many years in other areas of the law, but David explains why he’s concerned about Control Orders in particular.

Do international students have rights, above and beyond those which apply to Australian citizens? What obligations do international students have once they’ve finished their study?

And David hits-up Ron with a Bicycle Pop Quiz. Do bicycles need to be roadworthy? Can you ride a bike with just one hand on the handlebars? And how about texting while riding?

Listen:

https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-25-channel-9-abduction-drama-bike-law-prenups-control-orders-international-student-rights

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The latest Prima Facie installment. Enjoy :-)
Ep 24 is alive! Listen:

https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-24-double-dissolution-mandatory-sentencing-stat-decs-self-representation-drug-dogs

In this episode, Australia is faced with the very real possibility of a double dissolution election this year. What does this actually mean, and how would it be different to a normal election?

Mandatory Sentencing means that judicial officers have no discretion when it comes to assigning penalties. In Western Australia recently a woman was imprisoned for 6 months after she bit a police officer, causing bodily harm, the penalty being imposed pursuant to tough mandatory sentencing laws.  What are some of the real implications of mandatory sentencing?

Chemists and pharmacists are classes of people empowered to witness Statutory Declarations. But does this authority extend to issuing medical certificates?

A saying amongst lawyers is that anyone who represents themselves in court has a fool for a client. David and Ron discuss why courts let people represent themselves, and where and when Legal Aid is available to litigants and defendants.

And an MP in New South Wales has introduced a private members bill into parliament seeking the abolition of drug detector dogs by police.  David and Ron discuss the manner in which parliamentarians should, or shouldn't, prescribe law enforcement methods to police.

Listen now on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-24-double-dissolution-mandatory-sentencing-stat-decs-self-representation-drug-dogs
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Our latest episode. Apologies for the production delay.
Ep 23 is out!

Listen now: https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-23-public-transport-in-japan-royal-commissions-moomba-riots-police-equipped-with-tasers

In this episode, David returns from Japan. He describes an amazing world where railway stations are staffed and no-one “fare evades”.

The current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been running since 2013. What exactly is a Royal Commission and what rules of evidence apply? What happens if you receive a subpoena or witness summons to attend a Royal Commission?

Police have condemned the behaviour of rioters at this year’s Moomba festival in Melbourne. Chief Commissioner Graham ASHTON says more resources will be devoted to Taskforce Tense, set up in November to crack down on street gangs believed to be responsible. David and Ron discuss the various criminal offences which might take place in what the Herald Sun described as an “outbreak of thuggery”.

And regional police are set to receive Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs or Tasers) as part of a new equipment rollout. General Duties and Highway Patrol officers will be trained and provided with Tasers after a successful trial which began in 2010. David and Ron discuss the merits and dangers of Tasers being available to operational police.

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-23-public-transport-in-japan-royal-commissions-moomba-riots-police-equipped-with-tasers

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The latest episode, from which emerges an unlikely hashtag... #ronubers  
Ep 22 - here 'tis:

https://soundcloud.com/primafacieau/ep-22-ron-ubers-drink-driving-police-custody-officers-making-a-murderer-the-good-samaritan-law

An unsworn police employee was stopped in Glen Waverley recently, allegedly driving in excess of the prescribed concentration of alcohol.  What happens if you’re stopped for drink driving? What happens if you simply refuse to undergo a breath test?
 
A new type of police employee has recently been introduced in Victoria.  The role of a Custody Officer is to supervise, manage and care for people in police custody. This job has traditionally been done by sworn police. In legal terms, how are cells at a police station different to an actual prison?
 
‘Serial’ – ‘Making a Murderer’ – law and order podcasts and television documentaries are all the rage.  But in an age of being able to stream anything to your phone from anywhere, Australian courts still prohibit cameras and sound recording. Could a podcast like ‘Serial’ ever be made in Australia?  And is the American justice system inherently fairer and more transparent than in Australia, simply because it provides unfettered access to journalists, researchers and news outlets?
 
We also discuss the “Good Samaritan” law.  If you stop to help someone in a medical emergency, and end-up causing more harm than good, are you protected from civil action? How does this law affect emergency services workers?
 
And last but not least, an unlikely hashtag: #ronubers
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