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NSW Government Legalises Medical Marijuana

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October 3, 2016

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Doctors in New South Wales can legally prescribe medicinal marijuana to their patients, after Parliament enacted amendments to the regulations last month. Though this is welcome news to medical marijuana advocates, the process to obtain cannabis products is lengthy, complicated and highly regulated. On 1 August 2016, the NSW Parliament brought into force the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Designated Non-ARTG Products) Regulation 2016, a series of amendments to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966. Previously, medical marijuana was only legally available to participants in clinical trials or through NSW […]


NSW to criminalise Revenge Porn

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September 22, 2016

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The NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton announced on 5 September 2016 that the NSW Government will seek to criminalise what is colloquially known as “revenge porn”. Revenge porn can be categorised as “the distribution of intimate or sexually explicit images without the consent of the person, with the intention to cause harm”. The reason why it has been labeled as “revenge” is due to jaded ex-partners, seeking retribution on their ex-partner. The purpose of the new laws is to protect vulnerable people from intimate images being shared. At the present time, only […]


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 […]


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 […]


Dangerous and negligent driving

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June 17, 2016

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Matters of person-to-person violence, from one-punch laws through to other less serious offences, seem to dominate debate in parliaments and the media about punishment and sentencing across Australia’s states and territories. Yet it remains the fact that far more people die on Australia’s roads – with those involved often surprised when they are charged with criminal offences that carry prison terms. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics reported that there was a total of 112 road deaths in Australia in March 2016, up 6.5 per cent on that month’s […]


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 […]


New Protest Laws

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May 11, 2016

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The right to protest and the boundaries placed on the ability to protest have long been a contentious part of the criminal law. The issue has flared again after recent protests in NSW over various mining initiatives, with the state government acting to amend the Inclosed Lands Protection Act, the Crimes Act and the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act to tighten up just what protesters can and can’t do. The Industry, Resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts says the changes “create a workable model that ensures that the ongoing protection […]


Drink Driving Acts with Kids in the Car

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May 8, 2016

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In recent years the NSW Local Courts have had a particular focus on people who commit Drink Driving acts with children in their car. The entire judicial system has long frowned on people who put not only their own lives at risk, but also the lives of their children, by driving a vehicle with alcohol in their system and children in the backseat. In 2011 the law was amended so that the courts were compelled to regard having children in your car as an aggravating feature while you drove drunk. This […]


Abortion Law in NSW: How the Law Works

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May 4, 2016

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Many would be surprised to discover that it is still an offence under the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) to procure an abortion. This seems to go against the widely held belief within the community that that abortion is easily accessible and legal in NSW. Section 82 outlines a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment for a woman who administers to herself a drug or by any other instrument or means with the intent of procuring a miscarriage. Anyone else who administers drugs to a woman or by any other instrument or […]


NSW Driver Fatigue Work Diary Exemptions Expire Soon

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April 28, 2016

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From 1 May 2016 there will be changes to work diary requirements for heavy vehicle drivers. Drivers operating under Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM) and Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) will now need to carry and complete their work diary for all journeys. What’s changed? Previously in NSW work diaries only needed to be filled in when drivers travelled outside of a radius of 100 km from their base, or if they had made such a trip within the past 28 days. This applied to all drivers, whether they were operating under Standard […]

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