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Not Guilty Verdict in State’s First Major Drug Analogue Case

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September 2, 2014

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Two weeks ago a District Court Judge found two men not guilty of all charges in New South Wales’s first major drug analogue case. The defendants were represented by Armstrong Legal. The drug analogue provisions are an interesting area of law. They were developed in an attempt to keep one step ahead of clandestine chemists. The Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act NSW contains a schedule of numerous prohibited drugs. Any substance on that list is illegal to possess, manufacture or supply. However, relying on the list alone leaves a gaping loophole. […]


Introduction of Interlock to the ACT

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August 5, 2014

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(Published The Canberra Times, Page 1 Times 2 section, July 28) By ANDREW FRASER The general look of devastation on an offender’s face at the removal of his licence to drive is often second only to that when one is sentenced to prison. In this town perhaps more than any other in the nation (save for the outback), enormous store is placed on the continuing ability to drive a motor vehicle. As judges and magistrates tell defendants every day, if it’s so important to have a licence, our drivers should be […]


One Punch Mania

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November 20, 2013

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I was recently asked to take part in a television program reporting of the one punch legislation proposals by the Attorney General in the tragic wake of the death of Thomas Kelly. Whilst one punch can have a tragic result, again the death of Thomas Kelly is an example, in Australia they are a relatively low incidence crime – the results though are anything but low impact. This week I have been discussing the topic again on a Linked In forum. I was explaining the concept of recklessness and intoxication and […]

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