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Driving while Disqualified – Banned from driving until 2153

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July 31, 2014

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~~A quite extraordinary story appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald website on July 11th 2014. The story concerned to a man sentenced for a Drive Whilst Disqualified offence at Newcastle Local Court. Nothing that unusual about that. The interesting part is that Mr David Browne has now been disqualified from driving until 2153. His predicament is a perfect example of the problems that Mandatory Sentencing can cause. According to the Sydney Morning Herald story (which you can read here http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-man-banned-from-driving-until-2153-20140711-zt3tf.html), after being disqualified from driving for a comparatively short period of […]


Punishment by Postcode

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July 8, 2014

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The front page of Friday’s Daily Telegraph caught my attention. The heading reads: “Driving Under the Affluence”. The paper coined the phrase to describe statistics suggesting that Courts in wealthier suburbs are less likely to impose gaol for high range PCA offences. It’s a catchy headline, but if it’s accurate, this idea that where you live directly affects your sentence, is concerning. We live in a society that values “blind justice”. The image of Lady Justice, blindfolded as she weighs the case with her scales, reminds us of this. In less […]

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