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Hoverboards and other wheeled vehicles

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March 29, 2016

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We have reached 2016, so it is only natural that ‘hoverboards’ are gliding down every street. Indeed, one of the big ticket items this past Christmas Season was the ‘Revo Glider’. If you are lucky enough to be the owner of one of these contraptions, you might be surprised to find out that your use of such a product is governed quite heavily by NSW traffic law. You might have already noted that most retailer’s websites include a short warning in relation to the legality of using the ‘Revo Glider’ on […]


Pill Testing

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March 24, 2016

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Emotions have run high about the issue of drugs in our community for a long time – with deeply held views often in conflict. The Howard Government held to a “zero-tolerance”, “tough-on-drugs” policy while other administrations in the states and territories instituted a “harm-minimisation” approach, including safe heroin-injecting rooms and the birth of drug courts, diverting offenders into rehabilitation rather than the harsher penalties provided under criminal law. The new battleground is the plethora of music festivals and what should be done about the multitude of drugs being found in searches […]


Delay In Sentencing – Ronald Coles

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March 21, 2016

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Ronald Coles conducted a scam where he sold people extravagant paintings with promises of high returns. Mr Coles would then re-sell the artwork multiple times to numerous other investors without disclosing how many owners there were to each painting or what they could expect of the proceeds. This 10 year long scam collapsed when Mr Coles could no longer avoid his clients’ increasing demands for money. Many of the investors had invested their superannuation. Police executed a search warrant on 21 January 2009 and seized 413 paintings valued at more than […]


Grant Davies and spousal witnesses

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March 17, 2016

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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has continued to produce shocking revelations about the actions of people who didn’t do what they should have done when allegations of Child Sexual Abuse were brought to their attention. Grant Davies had pled guilty to abusing more than 10 children he was teaching dance to. Whilst over the years many people had brought the matter to the authorities’ attention, in this manner the complaint that finally brought about Police action was made by Grant Davies’ wife and other members of […]


Advocating terrorism

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March 14, 2016

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A teenager in the western suburbs of Sydney or Melbourne couldn’t really find him or herself facing five years’ jail for making some silly joke about his or her “terrorist” mates, could they? You bet he or she could. A new section of the Commonwealth Criminal Code (s80.2C) makes it an offence to  advocate “the doing of a terrorist act; or the commission of a terrorism offence … and the person engages in that conduct reckless as to whether another person will engage in a terrorist act; or commit a terrorism […]


Punishment v Rehabilitation

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March 10, 2016

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One of the primary purposes of sentencing is to rehabilitate an offender so that they don’t find themselves in front of the Court again. This is obviously in the interests of the offender and the community – no one wants to be sent to gaol and no one wants to be the victim of a serious crime. One of the key sentencing principles is “to promote the rehabilitation of the offender”. However, recidivism rates in Australia are alarmingly high. The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducted a Prison Census in 2014 which […]


Revenge Porn

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March 1, 2016

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What exactly is Revenge Porn? There is a lot of focus in the media currently about the need for a national approach and national legislation in relation to revenge porn. But what exactly is revenge porn? There is no clear legal definition of what constitutes ‘revenge porn’, but colloquially it is when one person uploads to the internet, or otherwise distributes through another medium, explicit images of another person without their consent. It has received the title revenge porn as most cases involve one person uploading explicit images to the internet […]

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