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Double Jeopardy Reforms

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July 25, 2016

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If you have ever seen the 1999 thriller ‘Double Jeopardy’ you may have an idea what is meant by the principle double-jeopardy. For those who are not Tommy Lee Jones fans, double jeopardy is the well-known legal principal that provides that no-one may be tried twice for an offence for which they have already been acquitted. Of course the movie has used some poetic licence for dramatic effect, but the basic principle that one cannot be tried twice for the same crime remains the same, and has done for centuries across […]


Match Fixing

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July 15, 2016

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The NSW Organised Crime Squad has recently released a media statement that they are investigating Manly Sea Eagles Football Club for match fixing. Unfortunately, match fixing has been prevalent in many sports and this is not the first time clubs in Australia are facing such allegations. Only as recently as January 2016 were professional tennis players thrust into the spotlight for alleged match fixing at the Australian Open. Back in 2012, the “Crimes Amendment (Cheating at Gambling) Bill” was passed and accordingly “Part 4ACA – Cheating at Gambling” was inserted into […]


ACT Intensive Diversion Program

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July 4, 2016

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While many Australian States’ and Territories’ politicians continue to engage in legislative law-and-order auctions, it is refreshing to see one jurisdiction holding out. The ACT, notwithstanding that it is going to an election in October this year, has just introduced a program that hopes to break the offending cycle, but not by the blunt instrument of ever-longer mandatory sentences. ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell, who is not standing for re-election in October, has unveiled a new program that aims to reduce recidivism among young offenders and engage youths who are considered at-risk […]


Deferred Prosecution Agreements

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June 24, 2016

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Companies could avoid criminal convictions for fraud, bribery and money-laundering under options being considered by the Federal Government. The Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, has issued a public consultation paper for a possible Australian scheme of deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), as a way of dealing with serious corporate crime by encouraging greater self-reporting by companies. Under a DPA scheme, a company that has committed serious corporate crime could be invited by prosecutors to negotiate. This would typically require it to cooperate with any investigation, pay a financial penalty and implement a […]


New Bicycle Laws

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June 6, 2016

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On 1 March 2016 the NSW government brought in new laws that effect both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers. Under rule 144-1 and 144-2 of the Road Rules 2014, drivers must now leave a one metre gap when passing a cyclist at 60 km/h. When a car is driving 60 km/h or more they must leave a one and a half metre gap when passing a cyclist. If these laws are not obeyed then they will be receiving a $319 fine as well as two demerit points. However, the government have […]


Changes to the Animal Welfare Act

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May 27, 2016

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Canberrans face prosecution if they fail to look after their pets in a revamp of the law to start from July 1.The new legislation makes it an offence to breach a duty of care to one's pet, where previously cruelty had to be proved. In March 2016, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services, Meegan Fitzharris, introduced the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2016 (‘the bill’) to the ACT Legislative Assembly. When introducing the bill, Minister Fitzharris stated changes to the Animal Welfare Act 1992 (‘the Act’) have been created “in order to […]


New ACT fire ban penalties

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May 25, 2016

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The ACT Government is looking to provide a maximum two-year prison sentence for people found guilty of lighting fires during total fire bans. Previously, the offence was a fine-only provision with the maximum penalty capped at $7500. But now, not only will offenders be liable for up to two years’ prison but they can face a fine of up to $30,000 as well. That’s four times the current maximum. The proposed changes, introduced into the Legislative Assembly in late autumn, are expected to come into effect before the next fire season. […]


New Protest Laws

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May 11, 2016

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The right to protest and the boundaries placed on the ability to protest have long been a contentious part of the criminal law. The issue has flared again after recent protests in NSW over various mining initiatives, with the state government acting to amend the Inclosed Lands Protection Act, the Crimes Act and the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act to tighten up just what protesters can and can’t do. The Industry, Resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts says the changes “create a workable model that ensures that the ongoing protection […]


NSW Driver Fatigue Work Diary Exemptions Expire Soon

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April 28, 2016

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From 1 May 2016 there will be changes to work diary requirements for heavy vehicle drivers. Drivers operating under Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) and Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) will now need to carry and complete their work diary for all journeys. What’s changed? Previously in NSW work diaries only needed to be filled in when drivers travelled outside of a radius of 100 km from their base, or if they had made such a trip within the past 28 days. This applied to all drivers, whether they were operating under Standard […]


Medicinal Cannabis in Queensland

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April 26, 2016

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On 1 April 2016 public consultation in respect of the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 was closed. The Bill, which sets out a regulatory framework for the prescription and dispensing of cannabis in a medical setting, will now be debated in the parliament before becoming law (if it is adopted and passed). Precisely when this debate and/or passing into law will occur is murky but there are general indicia, such as the imminent re-categorisation of cannabis as a dangerous drug under the Drugs Misuse Act, or the recent empowering of […]

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