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Speeding Ticket Scam

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October 30, 2014

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I am forever bemused by the ingenuity of scammers and virus writers. Perhaps it’s an age thing, I don’t get Twitter and for the life of me don’t know why someone would put their life on show on Facebook. However, the ingenuity of some people is amazing when it comes to the effort put into scamming and viruses. The latest I have seen relates to a speeding ticket sent via email “from” the State Debt Recovery Office, NSW. The email address is quite good penalty-office@sdro3-nsw-gov.com. The presentation is of the State […]


Safely Loading and Restraining Goods

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October 27, 2014

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Safely loading and restraining goods is an important aspect of safe trucking. Poor loading practices pose a risk to the safety of both the driver and other road users. The most obvious danger is that a poorly restrained load could fall off, either onto or into the path of other vehicles. However, poor loading can also allow goods to shift on the vehicle. This can destabilize the truck and impact on how it handles. As well as being dangerous, poor loading is illegal. The National Heavy Vehicle Laws include loading standards. […]


Medicinal Cannabis – Changes hit the big smoke

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October 23, 2014

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Changes to legislation surrounding the legality of medicinal cannabis are afoot in New South Wales after recommendations made by Nationals MP Kevin Anderson. The proposed new laws mirror the approach taken in numerous countries, including the United States of America. About 20 countries – as well as more than 20 states in the United States – have legalised medical cannabis. Premier Mike Baird announced in September that a clinical trial will be run by a working party in NSW and will report back by the end of the 2014. Further to […]


The Oscar Pistorious Trial

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October 20, 2014

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The Oscar Pistorious trial started a million conversations all over the world. Whether it was domestic violence, gun control or South Africa's horrific crime rate, the trial was something that almost everyone has an opinion about. Now that it is over and we have a verdict, the interest level seems to only have increased. As a criminal defence lawyer, there were two main points of interest for me. The first is the lack of a jury. South Africa abandoned the jury system in 1969. The justifications for this change are complex, […]


ACT PCA Disqualification

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October 14, 2014

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Disqualifications from driving for ACT drink-drivers could be about to be substantially raised – potentially by more than double in many cases. The change is happening from within the courts, both Magistrates and Supreme, not via any direct action from the ACT Legislative Assembly. Two recent judgments declare that increased disqualification periods should be applied. The judgments say that doing so places the Territory where its legislature had always intended it should be. The effect will be widespread: one in four criminal matters coming before the ACT Magistrates Court is a […]


Notice to Provide Document and Information – Heavy Vehicle Offences

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October 10, 2014

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Most truckies have experienced being stopped by the authorities for a random vehicle check. As such, most are familiar with the inspectors’ roadside powers to stop, measure and weigh vehicles, examine work diaries and check permits. What many are less familiar with are the ‘off road’ investigation powers. The National Heavy Vehicle Law gives investigators the power to demand the production of documents and information about vehicles and loads from certain people. It is an offence not to comply, carrying a maximum fine of several thousand dollars. The investigators will use […]


Preventative Detention Orders and terrorism arrests

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October 2, 2014

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The fear of terrorist attacks on Australian shores has produced an interesting legal subplot in New South Wales relating to the powers of police. In light of last week’s raids sparked by intelligence reports that Islamic State supporters were planning a public execution in Australia, some key political decisions are in the process of being enacted by the State Government. On the 18th of September 800 police descended on homes across Sydney and Brisbane in unprecedented terror raids. The purpose of the raids was to prevent attacks involving beheading innocent members […]

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