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Gay Panic Defence

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July 27, 2015

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A recent press release by the Law Society of South Australia has raised significant controversy about what is commonly called the "gay panic" defence. This so-called defence is a principle of law that regards a non-violent sexual advance upon someone to potentially be a matter of provocation. We see it most commonly in cases where a Defendant allegedly lost his temper and killed another person after the victim made a homosexual advance towards them. The Courts have generally considered such a non-violent approach to be a form of conduct that could […]


Letter to Editor, Canberra Times

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July 17, 2015

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There is a middle ground in the current debate around sentencing drivers with drugs in their system – and it is on our doorstep. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Current ACT law does not adequately provide for the cases of people who still have drugs in their bodies but are not affected by them at the time of driving. Drink-driving and drug-driving are different. The level of alcohol in drivers is measurable, and studies have demonstrated the effect of those levels on driving. Different levels of alcohol attract […]


Mark Bosnich avoids conviction despite pleading guilty to a serious traffic offence

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July 9, 2015

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In late April former Socceroo Mark Bosnich avoided being convicted despite pleading guilty to a serious traffic offence. According to the Police Facts, Mr Bosnich was involved in a dispute with a cyclist over lane positioning. The cyclist rode past Mr Bosnich's car and struck the rear view mirror with a bike lock. Subsequent to that, Mr Bosnich "turned the steering wheel in the direction of [the cyclist] and moved forward causing the front grill and bumper of the vehicle to collide with the victim’s rear bicycle wheel." Fortunately, the cyclist […]

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