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REBLOG! Out of Order

Posted: January 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: | Comments Off on REBLOG! Out of Order

JusticeFirst 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 »»»»


Five Questions YOU need to ask when being interviewed for a job

Posted: June 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Indeep Media | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Five Questions YOU need to ask when being interviewed for a job

 

Has Our Online Social Experience Improved Our Offline Lives

It’s a question that can toss an interview from smooth skiing too a railing downhill tumble, “So do you have any questions for me?”

While employers will score you on the answers you give throughout your interview, they are more likely to judge harshly at the questions you ask them.

Flipping roles, grilling your interviewer is potentially the deal closer in an interview, don’t be tempted by precariously obvious questions: salary, work hours or benefits, interviewers are more often than not put-off by a shallow, thoughtless, self-serving response.

How do you avoid a ten-eighty-three? :: Read the full article »»»»


REBLOG! “Fail Up” Mentally Strong People

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: | Comments Off on REBLOG! “Fail Up” Mentally Strong People

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REBLOG! From my personal blog via Forbes: While the general direction of most Forbes articles is business – and geez they do it well – The following post is applicable to almost every human. It’s inspirational in the best way, basically.

For all the time we spend concerned about our physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly in today’s überpaced world, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength, tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.” :: Read the full article »»»»

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Dressed For Death, Pia Interlandi’s Garments for the Grave

Posted: October 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Socially Engineerd, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Dressed For Death, Pia Interlandi’s Garments for the Grave
Dressed For Death: Garments for the Grave by Pia Interlandi
In almost every culture, death is shrouded with ritual, the entombment of the dead is most commonly preceded by its dressing. In Islam it’s a white cotton cloth, Judaism’s Tachrichim bindings and in the west’s it’s a tradition of grave clothes, solid black woollen suit or head to toe frock. The corporeal commonality is the preparation of a dead body for it’s journey to the other-side.
In an increasingly secular society, it’s a wonderfilled thing to see an artisan reaching back through these traditions, seeking out something deeper from the aesthetically pleasing. Despite clothing being almost exclusively about covering outside of the body, Ms Interlandi asks the most intimate question of the dead, where and what is soul? :: Read the full article »»»»
Dressed For Death: Garments for the Grave by Pia Interlandi
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Facebook Privacy Change unHides Profiles from Search

Posted: October 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook Privacy Change unHides Profiles from Search

Facebook Privacy ChangesFacebook has started removing a privacy setting that allowed users to prevent their profile from being searchable on the site. In a statement posted online, Facebook’s chief privacy officer Michael Richter says users who have enabled the feature will be informed of the changes on their Facebook profile and in emails.

Facebook says only a small percentage of users have enabled the setting and the changes will not affect the privacy settings on posts. Facebook says the change is part of an expansion of the search feature on Facebook.

All Facebook users used to have a setting called Who can look up your Timeline by name? controlling who could find you when people typed your name into the Facebook search bar :: Read the full article »»»»