Articles by Sonia Hickey

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 ...

“Complex legal language” is a barrier to justice


One of Australia’s leading lawyers believes complicated legal terms are a barrier to ordinary people achieving justice in the legal system. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for specialist tribunal services in NSW. The tribunal’s head, Justice Robertson Wright, says it’s time to ‘get real’ and ditch the ‘legal-ese’. As part ...

Police Officer Jokes About Giving Victim’s Address to Abusive Partner


A female victim of domestic violence feels betrayed by the Queensland Police Service (QPS), after a senior officer allegedly released her contact information to her abusive former partner. The victim, who trying to keep her address secret to prevent further abuse, says she has lost faith in the QPS because the very people who were ...

Playmate Faces Criminal Charges Over Facebook Post


What do Playboy Playmate of the Year 2015 Dani Mathers and Kim Kardashian have in common? They both post nude pics on social media. But there’s one important difference – while Kim Kardashian posts pics of herself, Dani Mathers posted one of another woman. And that other woman was a 70-year old taking a shower ...

Australia Has Started Microchipping People


In 1946, a senior executive at film studio 20th Century Fox famously predicted that television wouldn’t take off. “People will soon get tired of staring into a plywood box every night,” he thought. Then in the late 1970s, as computers sparking the interest of Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs, tech geeks were predicting ...

Good Cop Pressured Into Covering Up


Over the past few months, we’ve reported several cases of brutality, intimidation and cover-ups by police officers across the country, including Ballarat in Victoria, several cases in the Gold Coast, Queensland, by the NSW Police Force and the Australian Federal Police. One of those cases involved police officers allegedly pressuring a colleague, officer Lucie Litchfield, ...

Tinder Murder Trial: What the Jury Wasn’t Told


Mr Gable Tostee was acquitted yesterday of both murder and manslaughter over the death of his Tinder date Warriena Wright, who fell from his 14th floor apartment after the pair got into an argument. As reported in an earlier blog, Mr Tostee said he locked his date out onto the balcony because she had been ...

Posting Pictures Like These Can Put Your Child in Danger


Facebook has been around for more than 20 years. There’s a generation of kids who’ve grown up not knowing a time before social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Facebook is the number one site that keeps us connected 24/7, not just to information and organisations we’re interested in, but to friends and ...

Court Rules on Ownership of Dead Fiancé’s Sperm


A young Queensland woman has won the right to harvest her late partner’s sperm for the purpose of artificially conceiving their babies. Ayla Cresswell, a 23-year old bank worker from Toowomba, was madly in love with bricklayer Joshua Davies when he unexpectedly died in August. Future plans for a family Despite her grief, Ayla decided ...

Guilty or Not Guilty? You be the Judge


CCTV, selfies and mobile phone recordings are at the centre of a Queensland murder trial this week. A Supreme Court jury is deciding the fate of a Gold Coast man on trial for murder after his Tinder date plunged 14 floors to her death from his apartment balcony. During the course of the trial, the ...