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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 […]


Security Licensing Shortcuts: NSW Government On Guard

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February 19, 2015

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The Australian Security Industry Association (ASIAL) is pushing for standardised training requirements across Australia, as figures released by New South Wales police show increased criminal activity amongst security guards over the course of 2014. The numbers show that 164 security guards had their licences revoked in 2014 for committing offences including stealing, assault, stalking and drug offences. Breaking these figures down, 50 guards were convicted of stealing, 44 for assault, 38 for stalking and intimidation and 14 for drug offences. A further 12 licences were revoked for firearms offences and 12 […]


Regulated drug availability in NSW

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January 15, 2015

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Leading legal figures have put forward a radical proposal to curb the influence of black-market drug operations in Sydney and abroad. The plan, devised by the New South Wales Bar Association's criminal law committee, is designed to provide a regulated system where drugs are legally available. It is important to acknowledge that the committee consists of highly-respected legal figures that have prosecuted and defended criminal matters. It stands to reason that their opinion is based on years of handling drug-related matters in New South Wales courts. The shock suggestion comes in […]


Reclassification of Steroids as Narcotics

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November 7, 2014

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In January 2014, the former NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell announced that the Government were going to introduce laws to target steroid use and supply as well as alcohol related violence. The laws effectively increased the maximum penalty for possessing and supplying steroids from 2 years to a massive 25 years. Prior to the amendments, steroids were dealt with as prescription drugs under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966. There was a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment if you possessed steroids that weren’t prescribed to you. The amendments reclassified steroids […]


Medicinal Cannabis – Changes hit the big smoke

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October 23, 2014

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Changes to legislation surrounding the legality of medicinal cannabis are afoot in New South Wales after recommendations made by Nationals MP Kevin Anderson. The proposed new laws mirror the approach taken in numerous countries, including the United States of America. About 20 countries – as well as more than 20 states in the United States – have legalised medical cannabis. Premier Mike Baird announced in September that a clinical trial will be run by a working party in NSW and will report back by the end of the 2014. Further to […]


Schoolies Week

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November 16, 2012

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Schoolies is now upon us. The official time for schoolies 2012 is the three weeks between 16 November and 7 December. The term “schoolies” is synonymous with hoards of 17 and 18 year old descending upon coastal regions and indulging in a week or two of hard partying to let loose after finally finishing their long years of schooling. During the celebrations, “schoolies” are, for the most part, simply teenagers seeking blow off some steam with their peers in a safe manner and have no intention of wrongdoing. However, it is […]


Drug Season

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October 3, 2012

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With the Labour Day long weekend just behind us, and the summer months fast approaching, Sydneysiders are preparing for many weekends relaxing and soaking up the sun. It is also that time of year for music festivals. Parklife, the first major mainstream festival of the season was held in Sydney over the weekend. The NSW police praised the majority of the revellers on their good behaviour while noting the offences that allegedly occurred.   According to a NSW Police media release there were six people charged with offensive conduct, twelve with […]

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