Articles by Sonia Hickey

Mystery at Sea: Australian Suspected of Murdering his Wife


In 2010, Lewis Bennet formed the company called ‘Next Generation Solar’, which was based in Mount Nathan, Queensland. The British man became an Australian citizen in September 2013 but left Australia on February 22 last year, writing on his departure card that he intended to live in England for next 12 months. Bennet is now ...

Australian Prince Ordered to Pay Back-Taxes


The founders of Australia’s oldest ‘micro-nation’ have found out the hard way that you can be the king of the castle, but still have to pay your taxes, after losing a Supreme Court battle against the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The Hutt River Province is about 500 kilometres from Perth, in the mid-west of the ...

Government Declares Amnesty on Illegal Firearms


Amidst fears of terrorism, the federal government proposes to implement an amnesty which allows people to surrender illegal and unregistered firearms without fear of prosecution. Terrorist threat Australia’s gun laws came into the spotlight once again after the Lindt Cafe seige of December 2014, which left many asking the question: how could Man Haron Monis ...

Smile! Facebook May Soon be Filming You


Facebook has just been granted a series of patents in the US which, if put into effect, would enable the company to use the camera on your computer, tablet or smartphone to monitor and record your facial expressions while you’re on the site. A patent is essentially a legal protection over a new innovation which ...

Surf Rage – The Scourge On Our Beaches


Australian beaches can be a dangerous place and, apparently, it’s not just the big fish you have to be wary of if you’re a surfer. A 29-year old is the latest person to be charged over a surf rage incident, which ironically happened in Byron Bay on the far north New South Wales Coast. A ...

Youths Sue Australian Government for Being Detained with Adults


A group of more than 100 Indonesian youths are pressing ahead with a class action law suit against the Australian Government, claiming they were imprisoned alongside adults when they should not have been. The Australian Government wants proceedings dropped, saying the agencies involved – The Immigration Department, the Australian Federal Police, the Commonwealth Director of ...

Pay Your Rates, or the Council May Sell Your Home


Many are predicting that home loan interest rates will soon start rising again. The likely impact on many Australian families will be ‘mortgage stress’ – a financial burden that is set to become a big problem all around Australia, as moderate rate rises can add hundreds of dollars to monthly mortgage repayments. Those who find ...

Judge Breaks Down While Sentencing Defendant


A Victorian judge has broken down in court while sentencing a man who killed his violent brother. Victorian Supreme Court Justice, Michael Croucher, couldn’t hold back the tears as he sentenced 33-year old Shane Brown, who stabbed his 38-year ice-addicted brother to protect the rest of his family. Shane Brown killed his older brother Wayne ...

Aussie Sues Over Obese Airline Passengers


A NSW man is suing American Airlines after allegedly being ‘squashed’ during a long-haul flight from Australia to the USA. Michael Anthony Taylor, of Wollongong, is suing the airline for more than $100,000 in damages, saying he was crushed by overweight passengers next to him during a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles. He says ...

New Rules for Flying Drones


Drones are no longer just a toy for the rich and famous, nor are they something out of a futuristic spy film. These days, drones have become popular amongst a whole range of groups and agencies. NSW Police have piloted them in search and rescue operations and used them for surveillance, surf lifesaving organisations have ...