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Fatigue Management Rules for Truck Drivers

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November 27, 2014

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Long distance truck drivers would be very familiar with the fatigue management rules. Planning work times, rest times and filling out the work diary are integral parts of the job. The strict rules mean that you must plan your trips carefully to ensure the numerous required breaks are taken. While fatigue rules are undoubtedly important for safety, it can be difficult to balance them with the needs of a trucking business. The National Heavy Vehicle Law recognises this and allows exemptions from the standard fatigue rules for operators who demonstrate high […]


Cold Case Convictions

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November 21, 2014

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The ability of technology to positively affect our lives is well proven. From laptops to iPhones and everything in between, advances in technology allow our lives to be made easier. There can be no argument that technology has made the world a smaller place and there is nowhere to hide from it. But what does this have to do with the law, you may ask. Technological advances in the detection and matching of DNA samples has put previously difficult ‘cold cases’ back in the frame to being solved. This means that […]


Parliamentary inquiry into CBD violence

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November 13, 2014

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The NSW parliament has recently called for submissions on “Measures to Reduce Alcohol and Drug-Related Violence.” In particular, the Legislative Assembly Committee was interested in whether the recent changes to Lock Out laws in NSW have had any positive effect. In addition, the Terms of Reference asked for feedback on “other measures” that may reduce the incidence of violent crime in the Sydney CBD. There can be no doubt that there has been a great deal interest in drunken violence in Sydney, and in particular the danger of Coward Punches. However, […]


Presumption of innocence

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November 10, 2014

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On scores if not hundreds of occasions every day in courtrooms across the country, groups of 12 good citizens and true hear the following words (or something closely approximating): “This is … a criminal trial of a most serious nature and the burden of proof of guilt of the accused is placed on the Crown … “It is not for the accused to prove his innocence but for the Crown to prove his guilt and to prove it beyond reasonable doubt. “It is, and always has been, a critical part of […]


Reclassification of Steroids as Narcotics

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November 7, 2014

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In January 2014, the former NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell announced that the Government were going to introduce laws to target steroid use and supply as well as alcohol related violence. The laws effectively increased the maximum penalty for possessing and supplying steroids from 2 years to a massive 25 years. Prior to the amendments, steroids were dealt with as prescription drugs under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966. There was a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment if you possessed steroids that weren’t prescribed to you. The amendments reclassified steroids […]

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