Ep 31: Uber, Car Jacking, The Plebiscite, Racial Discrimination and Court Reporters Making the News

Politics aplenty in this instalment of Prima Facie, especially with developments in the proposed plebiscite unfolding every hour.

The Victorian government says it will legalise ride-sharing services like Uber, but taxpayers and consumer advocates are upset over a proposed levy to reimburse existing taxi licence-holders. Predictably, David has an opinion he’d like to share.

“Car jacking” is common parlance for what, in criminal terms, would be Robbery or Armed Robbery, combined with Theft of Motor Car. Victorian Premier Mr Daniel Andrews says that “car jacking” needs to be a discrete offence after a reported increase in such crime over recent months. Ron doesn’t agree.

There’s been fiery debate in Federal parliament over the last few days as Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Turnbull has accused the Opposition Leader’s stance on legalising same-sex marriage as being “demeaning to voters”. We take another look at the proposed plebiscite, where it sits legally and politically, and what it means for Australians.

In other news from Canberra, proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would no longer make it unlawful to do anything that is reasonably likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity. David argues that politicians are already insured by parliamentary privilege, and any change to Section 18C would be a step backwards. Maybe we need a plebiscite on this instead?

All this and more in Episode 31 of Prima Facie.

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