Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

13.09.19

Child sex dolls – are they legal? Should they be?

Child sex dolls are anatomically correct, life-size dolls made to look like pubescent and prepubescent children. They are currently manufactured in overseas markets, including China, Hong Kong and Japan, and are designed to…

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Civil Law

By Stefan Russell-Uren

11.09.19

A legal look at ordinary hours and overtime allocation

Employers, and their HR managers, will be acutely aware of various penalties and loadings applied against time worked by employees – especially in industries involving the conduct of business at irregular hours. Because…

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Criminal Law

By Carley Hitchins

06.09.19

Making you a murderer- how unreliable forensic techniques can put you behind bars

Justice Chris Maxwell, President of the Victorian Court of Appeal, made headlines this week when he commented on a number of questionable practises dressed up as reliable forensic evidence.  He noted some forensic…

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Criminal Law

By Charlene Harris

03.09.19

Hands up, pants down – strip searches on the rise

What do music festivals, train stations, regional town shows and supermarkets have in common?  They are all locations where strip searches have been conducted by police. Strip searches are inherently intrusive and can…

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Criminal Law

By Minuri Dharmasena

23.08.19

George Pell eyes the High Court

George Pell, once an internationally recognised Cardinal of the Catholic Church, is back in jail after the Victorian Court of Appeal upheld his conviction. Many commentators are predicting that Pell is already looking…

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News & Current Affairs

By Peter Woodhouse

15.08.19

Senior Catholics above the law? – stubborn refusal to report sexual abuse exemplifies a lot of what is wrong with the church.

Let’s face it.  The Catholic Church has a global P.R. problem, particularly in relation to child sexual abuse.  It seems that problem has just gotten significantly worse. Melbourne’s most senior Catholic, Archbishop Peter…

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Criminal Law

By Ben Aulich

12.08.19

Bite the bullet – it’s time to legalise euthanasia

The NSW Government has finally got around to decriminalising abortion.  Last week the Bill passed the NSW Lower House and is expected to pass the Upper House any day, making NSW the last…

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Criminal Law

By Claire Osborne

01.08.19

The abortion law reform that is 119 years late

“I believe the time has come for us to be respectful in the debate but to also recognise that it’s time for change.”[1] In NSW abortion is still included in the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW),…

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Civil Law

By Alexis Currier

26.07.19

That’s one small step from medical negligence, and one giant leap to reputational damage

Nearly 50 years ago to the day, Neil Armstrong was the first man to land on the moon and solidify his place in the history books. However, just a few days after this…

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Criminal Law

By Anna Bennett

19.07.19

The law is an ass – when it is badly drafted and rushed through parliament: a critique of the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) legislation.

Across the world, technology continues to advance at an extraordinary rate. Unfortunately, however, technological advancement is not an unalloyed, positive force. Whilst, advancements in technology have at least some degree of indisputable benefit,…

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