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Rehabilitation and courts

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June 30, 2016

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Two recent cases – one in Victoria and one in the ACT – show the very great importance that courts place on efforts made by offenders at rehabilitation. It is an area hard to underestimate for those awaiting sentence: it can mean the difference between going to prison or staying in the community. The offender in the Victorian case of Fattah v The Queen, had pleaded guilty to one charge of trafficking methamphetamine and was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years. The […]


Bushfires and Criminal Law

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January 25, 2016

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The past few months dry conditions, scorching temperatures and loss of homes to bushfire serve as a timely reminder of the strict penalties that apply for fire-related offences in Victoria. Police interviewed a 47-year-old man in relation to the Scotsburn fire near Ballarat which destroyed 12 homes, although the ABC reports that suspicions the fire was deliberately lit have since been ruled out. In Victoria, it is an offence under the Crimes Act 1958 to intentionally or recklessly cause a bushfire. The maximum penalty is 15 years imprisonment. The section makes […]


Driver hire company Uber plans to change the world of taxis forever

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May 20, 2014

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The driver hire company Uber plans to change the world of taxis forever. Uber is a small company that began in San Francisco a few years ago and has now expanded to over 30 countries all around the world. The company’s business is to “connect you with a driver at the tap of a button”. There is an app that can be downloaded to request a driver for a particular trip that you wish to make. Many of the vehicles are luxury vehicles and perhaps more importantly the basic vehicles are […]

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