Criminal Law

By Alexis Currier

15.11.19

When milk turns sour; consequences of drug taking at festivals

Spilt Milk 2019 will be held in Canberra on 23 November 2019, only 2 weeks after the damming report released by NSW Deputy State Coroner Grahame following an inquest in the deaths of…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

22.10.19

Proposed bikie laws are ill-thought-out and unlikely to be effective.

The ABC and Canberra Times is heralding the news this morning that the ACT Government is set to introduce a surprise Bill on Thursday targeting bikies and organised crime. Apparently, under the new…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Alexis Currier

11.10.19

A pawsitive outcome? – A review of the animal welfare amendments in the ACT

On 16 May 2019, the ACT Government introduced the Animal Welfare Legislation Amendment Bill into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill proposed a number of changes to the Animal Welfare Act 1992 (ACT), which…

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Peter Woodhouse

04.10.19

Driving whilst tired? An awakening on the laws of dangerous driving.

Today marks the start of another long weekend.  On weekends like this and as the weather warms, Australians (and Canberrans in particular) will take to the roads and flock to the coast.  …

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Criminal Law  .  News & Current Affairs

By Kate Gunther

27.09.19

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll

We all know one of these depraved activities is already outlawed in Bali on pain of death (or extended periods in custody). Drugs have long been illegal at the favourite holiday destination, and…

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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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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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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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