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Inquest into the death of Matthew Leveson

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November 11, 2016

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The inquest into the death of Matthew Leveson took yet another dramatic turn, long after it seemed that Mr Leveson’s family was never to find out the truth. Matthew Leveson disappeared in 2007. His family and police immediately suspected that his de facto partner, Michael Atkins, had killed him. He has not been heard from since, and a body has never been found. Atkins was tried and acquitted of the murder in 2009. Leveson’s family have, since then, campaigned long and hard for an inquest into Leveson’s death, in the hope […]


What is a conviction?

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October 28, 2016

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The hope of most people when they are facing a criminal charge is to avoid a conviction, but just what is “a conviction”? While it might seem like a simple concept, a Full Court (three judges) of the ACT Supreme Court has just wrestled with the issue – in a judgment running to 22 pages and almost 12,000 words. And the answer? Well, it seems that there are convictions and there are convictions. It can be a “finding of guilt” or it can be a part of sentencing after a finding […]


Revenge Porn

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October 24, 2016

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The NSW Government has announced it will introduce new laws to address community concerns about the rising levels of “Revenge Porn”. Revenge porn is somewhat of a misleading name. It usually describes when a person, usually a recently spurned romantic partner, posts revealing or explicit photographs of the other person online. Unlike pornography, the pictures are seldom posted with an intended to titillate or arouse. Rather the purpose is as set out in the first half of the name: revenge. New technologies have made it easier than ever to share photos […]


Consorting Laws – ACT

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October 14, 2016

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The ACT’s status as one of only two states or territories with a Human Rights Act or Charter has saved it – for now – from a harsh new regime of consorting laws. Consorting laws make associating with certain classes of people unlawful, punishable by prison, and they give police broad discretion about who is allowed to contact who. NSW adopted a tough revamp of its consorting laws in 2012 – and the ACT was set to introduce something similar when outgoing Attorney-General Simon Corbell issued a recent discussion paper. The […]


Speed Camera Tomfoolery

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October 11, 2016

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The Sydney Morning Herald has published incredible photos of someone who thought he was smarter than the West Australian Highway Patrol. As the Sydney Morning Herald story reported, this man parked his tow truck in front of a speed camera. The tow truck (and the Holden Rodeo loaded on the back of it) then entirely blocked the view of the speed camera in both directions, meaning that no one speeding past that location could be identified and photographed. Unfortunately for this man, his actions were promptly reported to police, and he […]


NSW Government Legalises Medical Marijuana

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October 3, 2016

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Doctors in New South Wales can legally prescribe medicinal marijuana to their patients, after Parliament enacted amendments to the regulations last month. Though this is welcome news to medical marijuana advocates, the process to obtain cannabis products is lengthy, complicated and highly regulated. On 1 August 2016, the NSW Parliament brought into force the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Designated Non-ARTG Products) Regulation 2016, a series of amendments to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966. Previously, medical marijuana was only legally available to participants in clinical trials or through NSW […]


ACT Police chases

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September 30, 2016

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Police chases have been controversial for a long time. On one hand, there is a view that police should do all in their capacity to stop offenders at all costs. On the other, it is said that no crime, and certainly not mere speeding, or driving unlicensed, or performing a burnout, should lead to the death of an invariably young offender. The ACT, where Labor governs with the support of one Green MP, is re-examing police chase guidelines and procedures. New protocols announced by the ACT Government and ACT Policing on […]


Disrespectful Behaviour

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September 28, 2016

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As an advocate who is in court day in and day out, there are a number of things I make sure my clients are aware of before they enter a courtroom. Court etiquette is one of those things, and is very important. I ensure that they know to bow when entering or exiting the courtroom, and to stand when the Magistrate or Judge enters the room. Court etiquette of this type shows respect to the Court. Requirements of courtroom etiquette are passed down through the generations of legal practitioners, and is […]


Derryn Hinch maiden speech

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September 26, 2016

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Derryn Hinch has delivered his maiden speech, and it was a sight to behold. Surprising many, Hinch was elected to the Australian senate earlier this year. The now-senator has had a long career in the media, including working in print and radio. Most recently, he has hosted a television show Hinch Live which aired on Sky News. He has gained public notoriety in recent years for intentionally breaching suppression orders made by the courts, and revealing the names of accused or convicted paedophiles. He has spent time in prison as well […]


NSW to criminalise Revenge Porn

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September 22, 2016

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The NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton announced on 5 September 2016 that the NSW Government will seek to criminalise what is colloquially known as “revenge porn”. Revenge porn can be categorised as “the distribution of intimate or sexually explicit images without the consent of the person, with the intention to cause harm”. The reason why it has been labeled as “revenge” is due to jaded ex-partners, seeking retribution on their ex-partner. The purpose of the new laws is to protect vulnerable people from intimate images being shared. At the present time, only […]

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