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Heightened Security around Sydney Trains to Stop Graffiti

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January 12, 2016

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The art sub-culture of graffiti has never been welcome by Police or Parliaments in New South Wales. Surveys indicate that 21% of people in the community feel that graffiti is an indicator of social disorder problems (i.e. lack of education, lack of employment or use of illegal drugs). Quite often graffiti is done in dangerous locations, such as, near train tracks, in train tunnels or on difficult to reach areas of a building. The offence of marking any property or premises with a spray can is an offence that carries a […]


Punishment by Postcode

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July 8, 2014

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The front page of Friday’s Daily Telegraph caught my attention. The heading reads: “Driving Under the Affluence”. The paper coined the phrase to describe statistics suggesting that Courts in wealthier suburbs are less likely to impose gaol for high range PCA offences. It’s a catchy headline, but if it’s accurate, this idea that where you live directly affects your sentence, is concerning. We live in a society that values “blind justice”. The image of Lady Justice, blindfolded as she weighs the case with her scales, reminds us of this. In less […]


Bushfires

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January 18, 2013

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Malicious Bushfires Unfortunately bushfires are a common part of life in Australia. Most fires are contained quickly and only minor damage occurs. However as we have seen time and time again all over the country, these fires can have devastating consequences. 2013 has so far proved to be a difficult year for bushfires, with weather conditions such that there have been a number of total fire bans across NSW. More disturbing than the fires themselves, is the fact that many bushfires are man-made fires, either accidentally or maliciously lit. For example, […]


Sydney Gun Laws

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November 5, 2012

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Sydney Shootings Over recent weeks there have been a number of reports of shootings in various suburbs of Western Sydney. It is arguable that people have switched off from this violence, and consider it to be part and parcel of the gang activity which is notorious in some of those areas. For many people involved in the criminal justice system, the most interesting part of the situation is the clearly prolific possession of firearms. There are strict gun law in force in NSW and throughout Australia. However, it is clear that […]


Crime & Punishment

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October 19, 2012

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On 18 October 2012 the UK telegraph reported the sentencing proceedings relating to a cannabis farm. This was a particularly unusual case for a number of reasons, including that the offenders were a married couple in their sixties who decided to run a cannabis farm from their farmhouse which produced an estimated £400,000 profit. Perhaps more unusually, the offenders did not use the profits from their business for their own personal gain, the profits were used for charity in Kenya. Their aid work included supporting schools, purchasing computers and other equipment […]

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