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Non-conviction disposals – a comparison between New South Wales and Queensland

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August 16, 2016

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In recent days, for reasons which are presently unclear, there has been some media attention given to the ability for courts in New South Wales to dispose of an offender without imposing a conviction against them. As the cynic might expect, this attention is not favourable and is accompanied by the shrill suggestion that there should be no way to avoid a conviction for contraventions of the law. A conviction is, in essence, a record against a person’s name that they have committed an offence against our law. In the ordinary […]


A celebration of Origin: Alcohol Ignition Interlock in New South Wales and Queensland

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June 20, 2016

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This second article in our ‘State of Origin’ series will explain the way in which mandatory Alcohol Ignition Interlock (“Interlock”) requirements operate between New South Wales and Queensland. This topic will pose the question ‘If I travel interstate to watch the Origin, what happens to my Interlock requirement?’ Alcohol Ignition Interlock It is the law in New South Wales as well as in Queensland that a person whose driver licence is disqualified by a court for certain drink driving offences, must be subject to a mandatory Interlock requirement after they are […]


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 […]


Cold Case Convictions

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November 21, 2014

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The ability of technology to positively affect our lives is well proven. From laptops to iPhones and everything in between, advances in technology allow our lives to be made easier. There can be no argument that technology has made the world a smaller place and there is nowhere to hide from it. But what does this have to do with the law, you may ask. Technological advances in the detection and matching of DNA samples has put previously difficult ‘cold cases’ back in the frame to being solved. This means that […]


Preventative Detention Orders and terrorism arrests

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October 2, 2014

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The fear of terrorist attacks on Australian shores has produced an interesting legal subplot in New South Wales relating to the powers of police. In light of last week’s raids sparked by intelligence reports that Islamic State supporters were planning a public execution in Australia, some key political decisions are in the process of being enacted by the State Government. On the 18th of September 800 police descended on homes across Sydney and Brisbane in unprecedented terror raids. The purpose of the raids was to prevent attacks involving beheading innocent members […]

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