Articles by Sonia Hickey

Modern Family Star Sued By Her Own Embryos


Coming straight out of the ‘life is stranger than fiction’ files are reports that Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is being sued by her own embryos in a potentially landmark lawsuit in the US that addresses controversial issues surrounding the right to life. The story so far Forty-four year old Sophia Vergara, who plays Gloria ...

Mobile Phone Use Blamed for Rising Road Toll


Almost 1300 people died on our roads last year, making 2016 the second successive year to see a rise in the figures, after decades of decline. The increase has left many trying to figure out why. Since 1970, when the national road toll reached more than 3,000, millions of dollars have been poured into public ...

Credit Card Thief Finds Loophole


A young man who allegedly stole credit cards in early December has found a way of getting around the problem of having to quickly buy goods before the stolen credit cards are cancelled – he just used the credit cards to buy gift cards. After breaking into a car and stealing credit cards, the hooded ...

Reducing Suicide Over the Holiday Period: Look After Your Mates


Christmas is a time to celebrate and be merry, but it can be a lonely and depressing period for those who are already down – especially when they are not around family and friends. When alcohol or other drugs are added into the mix, the results can be tragic. When the Australian Bureau of Statistics ...

No Charges Against Police Officer Who Put Victim in Danger


No charges will be laid against the Queensland police officer who helped a domestic violence perpetrator track down his victim. ‘Julie’ (not her real name) lodged a complaint with the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) earlier this year, reporting that a police officer gave her new address to her violent former partner – who is ...

Rugby League Star’s Ex Faces Charges of Intimidation


The Penrith Panthers Rugby League club has praised police for their response to an incident involving social media posts which threatened the life of rising star Bryce Cartwright. Cartwright’s ex-girlfriend, Brittany Hura, posted nude pictures of Cartwright and made threats against his life on social media last weekend. By Sunday afternoon, her accounts had been ...

Deaf and Blind Woman Graduates from Harvard Law School


She surfs, dances the salsa, has met two former US Presidents and is keen to try her hand at improvised comedy. But that’s not all. In 2013, she was the first deaf-blind student to graduate from Harvard Law School and now works in advocacy as a lawyer specialising in disability rights. So it’s possibly no ...

New Rules for L and P-Plate Drivers are Now in Force


By Sonia Hickey Tough new laws are now in force for L and P-platers when it comes to using mobile devices. It’s now illegal for L and P-plate drivers to use a phone at all while driving, including navigation apps and music streaming, whether the phone is in a hands-free cradled or not. The new ...

Former police officer accuses force of failing to investigate police brutality


Former police officer Paul Gibbons is taking matters into his own hands after his complaints of police brutality fell on deaf ears. Mr Gibbons was arrested and manhandled by Gold Coast Police in the lobby of an apartment building where he was staying with his wife while on holiday on the Gold Coast in June. ...

Free pill testing kits will be available at music festivals


Free pill-testing kits will flood Sydney’s music festivals this summer, despite Mike Baird refusing to formally implement the harm minimisation measure. Fed up with the government’s “unrealistic” zero-tolerance approach, drug reformists are taking matters into their own hands by vowing to hand out do-it-yourself drug-testing kits in what they have called a “protest manoeuvre”. The ...