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Lidar Devices – Further Debate About Police Prosecutions for Speeding

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October 22, 2015

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An article recently appeared in the Daily Telegraph that has provoked further debate about Police prosecutions for speeding. According to the article, a Defendant was arguing that the certification for the Police Radar Gun was deficient, meaning that the speed measurement could not be relied upon in Court. The laws around the use of speed measuring devices are extremely powerful, provided the rules are followed to the letter. A person who was caught on a speed measuring device is deemed to be travelling that speed unless that person is able to […]


Family (or “Domestic”) Violence

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October 12, 2015

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Family (or “domestic”) violence is an area of the law that seems almost constantly under review. Recently, the Australian and NSW Law Reform Commissions completed a report into the issue that is being considered by governments around Australia. It is a highly emotional area, encompassing an exceptionally broad range of offending conduct with the seriousness of matters varying markedly. It is an area where prosecutors and defence lawyers often clash, with defendants of good character bewildered by their first contact with the criminal-justice system. The sheer weight of publicity afforded some […]


Phoenix Companies

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October 7, 2015

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The Australian Taxation Office has announced that it will be leading a crime task force into phoenix activity. Phoenix activity is a term generally used to describe a tax avoidance scheme that relies on companies rapidly starting up and shutting down to avoid debts. Typically, a Company will be created and the directors and shareholders of the company will quickly first earn a great deal of income and, as a consequence accumulate a debt, usually to the Tax Office. The company is then quickly closed down and, if the scheme is […]


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ….

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October 1, 2015

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ….” Drink-drivers in Canberra and Queanbeyan (or any other NSW location for that matter) could be forgiven for thinking they were living in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Canberra’s drivers are simultaneously better off and worse off than their NSW counterparts under the ACT version of the Interlock scheme for drink-drivers, which was introduced in mid-2014. The Interlock device prevents a driver from starting his or her car until he or she has provided a clean breath […]

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