“Once your name is linked to any of those sexual allegations…you’re done. Your reputation. Everything.” – Daniel Jones
South Australia’s automatic suppression laws, which saw those accused of sexual offences have their identity hidden as they go to court, have now been removed, bringing the state into line with the rest country. Identities will now been revealed when accusations are made, with the move made to keep the public informed and help support victims. But is this all good news? Could it actually have some unintended consequences? Michael O’Connell, a Victimologist and Victims’ Advocate, spoke with Wavelength about the benefits and drawbacks of this reform. We also had a chat to ACT man Daniel Jones, a victim of false-accusations, about the damage the allegations caused him and his family.
Also on the show, it’s no secret Australians love a drink, but with the Coronavirus keeping most people in lockdown, is our drinking becoming an issue? We spoke with Melinda Lucas from the Alcohol & Drug Foundation to find out more. Meanwhile, COVID-19 is gripping the world for yet another week, and we’re here to give you the latest on the situation. Listen in!
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Airdate: April 27, 2020
Reporters: Hamish Kearvell, Andrew Showell & Amy Vogelsang