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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 […]


ACT Not Following NSW and Victoria With Mandatory Sentencing for One-punch Assaults Resulting in Death.

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September 15, 2014

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There used to be a joke long before self-government that you could tell with your eyes shut when you were entering the ACT, such was the difference in the quality of the road surface. This was a game played most often on the Kings Highway (the Coast road) between South Canberra and Bungendore as the road left the ACT for Queanbeyan and then came back into the Territory around the Burbong Bridge and out again a few kilometres further on (just past the turn-off for the new Headquarters Joint Operations Command […]


Mandatory Sentencing

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January 22, 2014

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The Premier of NSW has just announced a new package of legislative reforms to make late night drinking safer in Sydney. Let me start by saying that I have no problem with the noble intent behind the legislation. I have written before about the senseless waste of life caused by people who are fueled by substances and anger. However, this package of reforms introduces a poisonous concept to the system of sentencing – I speak of the principle of mandatory minimum sentencing. To my knowledge this is the first suite of […]


One Punch Laws

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November 14, 2013

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This week saw the announcement by the Attorney General of NSW of a “one punch” law. The law is designed to make it easier for the prosecution to secure a conviction in matters like the Thomas Kelly killing and manifest an intention to impose a severe penalty for those found guilty. But is the law required? Let us remember Loveridge pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr. Kelly and manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 25 years jail whereas this new law has a maximum of 20 years The reality is […]

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