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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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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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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Criminal Law

By Andrew Byrnes

11.07.19

Big Brother is watching – a lesson from the Fortnite live-stream incident

On Monday 8 July 2019, a Sydney man, Luke Munday, pleaded guilty to an offence of common assault on his pregnant partner. The events to which Mr Munday pleaded guilty caused a serious…

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Criminal Law

By Zoe Jones

26.06.19

Having a great time in bed, get an STI instead – criminal consequences for offenders transmitting diseases in the Australian Capital Territory

Horror stories have appeared around the globe in relation to unsuspecting persons being infected with serious sexually transmitted infections (“STIs”). It is the stuff of nightmares – waking up and realising you have…

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Criminal Law

By Peter Woodhouse

13.06.19

Do you recognise this person? 

The danger of using Facebook as a means of identifying suspects. Apparently, 2.7 billion people use Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Messenger each month and more than 2.1 billion use at least one of…

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