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Schoolies, Sex And The Law

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November 20, 2015

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Every twelve months, at the conclusion of the secondary school year, graduating students from all over Australia converge in Queensland (and no doubt elsewhere) to celebrate ‘schoolies’. For most, schoolies is a time of excitement, festivity and fun. For some, schoolies will include having sex with another person. For a few, this sex will be a crime. The term ‘sex’ can encompass a variety of activities but, as a matter of law and for the purpose of this article, sex has its widest meaning and includes non-penetrative but overtly sexual acts, […]


Parliamentary comments – What exactly does it take to prejudice a criminal trial?

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November 6, 2015

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What exactly does it take to prejudice a criminal trial? Many members of the legal community in NSW were horrified earlier this year to see Prime Minister Tony Abbott reading out in parliament what he claimed was evidence against two men who had been arrested for terrorism related offences. In short, the Prime Minister briefed the parliament on information he had received about the arrest. In particular, he provided a detailed account of a video that was said to have been produced by one of the arrested men. There are multitude […]

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