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Messaging whilst driving

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September 25, 2014

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Is this new technology the silver bullet to stop people texting while driving? Probably not. A small tech company in the US is trumpeting a new piece of equipment that they claim can tell whether a car is emitting radio transmissions such as those produced whilst sending a text message. Many have wondered whether we will soon see police officers equipped with these sensors to enable them to pull you over and charge you for using a mobile phone whilst driving. There can be no doubt that mobile phone use is […]


ICAC Comittee Inquiry

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September 22, 2014

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Not since Nick Greiner resigned as Premier of NSW after a finding of corruption has ICAC been so popular a source of gossip and intrigue in NSW politics. The history books show that not only was Mr Greiner never prosecuted before a criminal court, but he successfully appealed against the finding of corruption before the NSW Court of appeal. Eddie Obeid, a more recent focus of ICAC, famously boasted that he had a "one percent" chance of ever being prosecuted as a result of the allegations and findings of corruption made […]


ACT Not Following NSW and Victoria With Mandatory Sentencing for One-punch Assaults Resulting in Death.

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September 15, 2014

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There used to be a joke long before self-government that you could tell with your eyes shut when you were entering the ACT, such was the difference in the quality of the road surface. This was a game played most often on the Kings Highway (the Coast road) between South Canberra and Bungendore as the road left the ACT for Queanbeyan and then came back into the Territory around the Burbong Bridge and out again a few kilometres further on (just past the turn-off for the new Headquarters Joint Operations Command […]


What’s driving High Range PCA sentencing

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September 8, 2014

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A Sydney socialite with a previous high-powered marriage, flipped car and another three smashed vehicles, the Jodhi Meares court case has had media salivating. But does the media’s reporting of the case paint a fair picture of the legal system in regard to drink driving matters? Meares, the 43 year-old fashion designer, was charged with high range drink driving and driving while suspended following a crash in Sydney's eastern suburbs in June 2014. She crashed into three parked cars in Bellevue Hills and rolled her Range Rover, returning a blood alcohol […]


Not Guilty Verdict in State’s First Major Drug Analogue Case

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September 2, 2014

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Two weeks ago a District Court Judge found two men not guilty of all charges in New South Wales’s first major drug analogue case. The defendants were represented by Armstrong Legal. The drug analogue provisions are an interesting area of law. They were developed in an attempt to keep one step ahead of clandestine chemists. The Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act NSW contains a schedule of numerous prohibited drugs. Any substance on that list is illegal to possess, manufacture or supply. However, relying on the list alone leaves a gaping loophole. […]

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