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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 […]


Parliamentary inquiry into CBD violence

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November 13, 2014

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The NSW parliament has recently called for submissions on “Measures to Reduce Alcohol and Drug-Related Violence.” In particular, the Legislative Assembly Committee was interested in whether the recent changes to Lock Out laws in NSW have had any positive effect. In addition, the Terms of Reference asked for feedback on “other measures” that may reduce the incidence of violent crime in the Sydney CBD. There can be no doubt that there has been a great deal interest in drunken violence in Sydney, and in particular the danger of Coward Punches. However, […]


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 […]


One Punch Mania

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November 20, 2013

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I was recently asked to take part in a television program reporting of the one punch legislation proposals by the Attorney General in the tragic wake of the death of Thomas Kelly. Whilst one punch can have a tragic result, again the death of Thomas Kelly is an example, in Australia they are a relatively low incidence crime – the results though are anything but low impact. This week I have been discussing the topic again on a Linked In forum. I was explaining the concept of recklessness and intoxication and […]

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