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Dallas Buyers Club

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June 26, 2015

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Recent studies have shown that Australia has the highest per capita percentage of illegal downloaders in the international online community. These statistics are especially relevant in respect of the recent Supreme Court decision relating to the illegal downloading of the movie the Dallas Buyers Club. The Supreme Court determined that the company producing the movie was allowed to pursue those who had illegally downloaded the movie for damages. This is a precedent setting decision. In June 2015, a letter to be sent to those alleged downloaders (to be determined by IP […]


Domestic Violence and Electronic Tagging

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June 23, 2015

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With the naming of Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year, domestic violence offences have been brought to the forefront of government agenda and media scrutiny. These type of offences have become increasingly visible in the public eye, moving away from the ‘silent’ crime it once was. In recent weeks, there has been a call, led by Ms Batty, for the government and judiciary to consider using electronic tagging devices to monitor perpetrators of domestic violence. At a cursory glance, it sounds like a good idea and it has been praised […]


Interlock developments

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June 5, 2015

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Earlier this year amendments were made to the Road Transport Act 2013 that instituted mandatory interlock orders for a number of offences. Prior to the introduction of the new laws, the Court had a general discretion to order that a person could obtain their licence back early if they were willing to have an “interlock device” installed in their car. This would require them to be breath tested before starting the car and at random times whilst the car was being driven. The new laws which have effect for any offences […]

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