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Tackling the Match Fixers: Strike Force Narulda to Investigate Cheating in the NRL

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September 16, 2016

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Strike Force Narulda has officially been launched to investigate allegations of match fixing within rugby league matches. An initiative of the NSW State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, Narulda has begun interviewing dozens of players, officials and members of the community after a preliminary investigation suggested match fixing took place during the 2015 NRL season. Prior to the launching of the Strike Force it was widely expected that suggestions of match fixing would again be dismissed without recognition of the seriousness of the allegations, as has occurred in the past. Although […]


Match Fixing

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July 15, 2016

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The NSW Organised Crime Squad has recently released a media statement that they are investigating Manly Sea Eagles Football Club for match fixing. Unfortunately, match fixing has been prevalent in many sports and this is not the first time clubs in Australia are facing such allegations. Only as recently as January 2016 were professional tennis players thrust into the spotlight for alleged match fixing at the Australian Open. Back in 2012, the “Crimes Amendment (Cheating at Gambling) Bill” was passed and accordingly “Part 4ACA – Cheating at Gambling” was inserted into […]


A celebration of Origin: One Punch laws in New South Wales and Queensland

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June 14, 2016

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As Australia’s largest specialist criminal and traffic law firm, with offices in 4 of the 8 States and Territories, Armstrong Legal are regularly called upon to advise clients on the cross-border effect and implications of particular laws.  In contemplation of the 2016 State of Origin series, a number of articles on this blog will examine some of the legal commonalities, and conflicts, which exist specifically between the two great Origin States: New South Wales and Queensland. This first article will explore the laws in each State which create a specific category […]


League and the Presumption of Innocence

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March 23, 2015

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What do “boat people” and rugby league stars have in common? Not much by way of physique. And nothing, usually, by way of general reverence and respect within broad sections of the community. The former often dominate the front pages, with detrimental comments about “queue jumping” and similar expressions, while the latter fill acres of newsprint at the back of the paper with their latest little training mishap, or innocuous thought on a looming match, or empty vaunting about their teammates. But, in recent days, the “boat people” and at least […]


Social Supply – NRL Arrests

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March 13, 2015

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The use and supply of prohibited drugs, primarily by young people, has been a cause of concern in local media and the community in recent times. Campaigns run in print media have denounced the legal system's approach with respect to the use and supply of prohibited drugs, calling on stiffer sentencing. It has been a difficult issue to escape. In late February, seven current or former Gold Coast Titans players and Karmichael Hunt of the Queensland Reds were served with notices, by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission,to attend court. The […]

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