Criminal Law

By Tom Taylor

27.04.17

Is Australia’s War on Drugs a failure?

Ice use in Australia is soaring according to new data drawn from collected wastewater. So where does this leave the state of our so-called War on Drugs?

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

13.04.17

Gene Gibson case casts light on the need for additional resources for the community legal sector

As a criminal defence lawyer when I am talking to a new client or dealing with a potential client making inquiries over the telephone I often speak about the importance of getting the…

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Criminal Law

By Jane Carey

12.04.17

Are mental health and drug addictions an excuse for criminal offending?

Mental health is an important issue in Australia, especially when it comes to criminal law. But, is mental health a viable excuse for criminal conduct?

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

10.04.17

What is the crime of infanticide?

Infanticide is the term used in law to describe the killing of an infant by its mother who was, at the time of the offence, suffering from a mental illness associated with the…

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News & Current Affairs

By Elizabeth Beard

10.04.17

Roll Out of New Discrimination Laws Creates More Offences in the ACT

Beginning in April 2017, an updated version of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) will be in force providing new protection against discriminatory treatment. These new laws will focus on preventing discrimination on five…

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Criminal Law

By Tom Taylor

31.03.17

Sentencing: Is the length of a sentence the measure of justice?

Courts around the country are filled with horrendous crimes, stories of tragedy, broken lives, and disadvantaged people. The role of Courts in sentencing offenders is often misplaced. Courts do not administer justice they…

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Criminal Law

By Adrian McKenna

23.03.17

Why the section 18C obsession is not really about freedom of speech

The Federal Government has reignited national debate on a controversial proposal to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. But how does the catch cry of freedom of speech so often put…

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Criminal Law

By Elizabeth Beard

22.03.17

Answers to Steven Freeman’s Death in Custody Delayed until August

The coronial inquest into Indigenous detainee Steven Freeman’s death in custody in May 2016 has been delayed, at best, until August following five days of evidence. His passing away provoked the coronial inquiry…

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Criminal Law

By Satomi Hamon

18.03.17

Canberra is no Exception to Youth Detention Problems

The ACT’s Youth Detention Centre, Bimberi, has been drawn into the spotlight into the growing debate on youth detention issues. Evidence of child abuse within the Don Dale youth detention sparked a national…

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Criminal Law

By Elizabeth Beard

08.03.17

Parking Ticket Rise on the Way for Canberra

The ACT Government is rolling out a trial of the use of plate recognition technologies for parking inspectors. The inspectors will no longer have to walk the streets and mark tyres to issue…

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