Articles by Wali Shukoor

People Power: Is Violent Revolution Constitutional?


The ‘Arab Spring’ was a wave of revolutionary demonstrations and civil wars that began in Tunisia in December 2010, spreading quickly across the Arab world. Images and videos of the uprisings went viral, instantly spreading to all corners of the globe. Violent revolution has been a feature of civilization for thousands of years – indeed, ...

Derryn Hinch Uses Parliamentary Privilege to Shame Sex Offenders


Derryn Hinch, former radio shock-jock, self described “Human Headline”, and now a Federal Senator, has in recent days decided he is no longer content with using his “Justice Party” to only push for ill informed and short sighted reforms to bail and parole laws in New South Wales. Hinch has now taken the extreme step ...

Psychics and Fortune Tellers: Supernatural or Super-Illegal?


A Google search of the word ‘psychic’ reveals a never ending list of businesses offering their supernatural services for a fee. From telephone psychics who charge by the minute through to expensive personalised face-to-face services costing hundreds of dollars per session. Services range from tarot card readings through to purported communications with those who have ...

Violence in Sport: What Does the Law Say?


It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a footy player being in the media spotlight for a criminal offence – whether ‘recreational’ drug use, a nightclub brawl, or even worse, domestic violence. Believe it or not, many footballers have even committed crimes in front of your very eyes! You may have even cheered ...

Life Sentences in NSW: “Life Meaning Life”


At the conclusion of their highly publicised Supreme Court trial, Roger Rogerson and Glen McNamara were found guilty and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for murdering Sydney student Jamie Gao. Gao was shot dead in 2014 after Rogerson and McNamara lured him into a storage shed with promises of payment for drugs. The duo ...

Dealing with Repeat and Dangerous Offenders


Sentencing Law The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Act) is the primary legislation applicable to sentencing offenders who have committed criminal offences in New South Wales. Section 3A of the Act provides a list of the ‘purposes of sentencing’ delineated as follows: (a) To ensure that the offender is adequately punished for the offence, ...

‘Showing Cause’ under the New Bail Act


The Bail Amendment Bill 2014 introduced important changes to the existing bail regime in New South Wales. Most significantly, the amendments brought-in what are referred to as the ‘show cause’ provisions. The amended bail legislation, through the insertion of Section 16A, requires an applicant charged with certain offences to ‘show cause’ as to why their ...