Articles by Zeb Holmes

Should Drug Addiction Lead to a Lesser Sentence?


According to a report published by the Australian Institute of Criminology, nearly half of 1,884 police detainees surveyed in nine data collection locations reported that their offending was related to drug or alcohol use. Most of those who reported the link either advised that their offending occurred whilst intoxicated, or in the pursuit of funds ...

Conviction of State MP Leads to Renewed Calls for a Federal ICAC


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has endorsed former Supreme Court judge Peter Hall QC as the new chief commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). “Mr Hall brings world-class expertise and experience to this critical role,” Ms Berejiklian said. “NSW needs a strong ICAC and this nomination reflects the Government’s commitment to the highest levels of ...

Centrelink’s Release of Critic’s Personal Information May Be a Crime


A prominent barrister believes the federal human services minister or one of his staff may have committed a crime by releasing a Centrelink client’s personal information. Robert Richter QC was commissioned by the federal Labor party to provide advice on whether releasing the tax and relationship details of a recipient who was critical of Centrelink’s ...

State of Origin Star Sues NRL Over Head Injuries


Former NSW State of Origin winger James McManus is taking legal action against the Newcastle Knights over the club’s handling of his concussions, in a landmark case that could have significant ramifications for Australian sport. McManus played 166 NRL games for the Knights before retiring on medical grounds at the end of the 2015 season. ...

Not In My Back Yard – Residents Protest Against Youth Detention Centre


Thousands of residents have protested in Melbourne’s west against the Victorian government’s proposal to build a new youth detention centre at Werribee South. The protest Members of the public were previously encouraged to send an email every day to Premier Daniel Andrews and his senior Cabinet to protest the decision. “The more emails we send ...

Murder for Hire in Australia


2016 was a big year for media coverage of contract killings. The year started with the murder of Joseph Acquaro, the criminal defence lawyer for Melbourne crime boss Rocco Arico. More recently, crime figure Pasquale Barbaro lost his life in an execution-style killing. These events feed sensationalist journalism of gangland wars headed by powerful figures ...

Blaming Immigrants for Melbourne’s Youth Crime Wave: Fact vs Fiction


Recent crime statistics fly in the face of mainstream media reports that Sudanese immigrants are largely responsible for a rise in youth crime in Victoria. The statistics suggest that youth crime is overwhelmingly committed by those born in Australia, leading to criticism of the alleged profiling of Sudanese teenagers. Racial profiling Youth worker Deng Maleek says young ...

Sixty Percent of Pregnant Women are Putting Children at Risk


Although a range of complex factors contribute to high incarceration rates amongst Indigenous youth in Australia, the impact of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) remains relatively unknown to the public. The Northern Territory’s Royal Commission into Juvenile Justice recently acknowledged that FASD is a major contributing factor to offending conduct amongst youths in that jurisdiction ...

Police Strike Force to Investigate Sydney Killings


NSW Police have developed a new strike force in an effort to stamp out gangland warfare, after the killing of several crime figures on Sydney’s streets in recent months. Investigations into a number of shooting deaths over the past 17 months will be consolidated under ‘Strike Force Osprey’, which was launched by NSW Police Commissioner ...

Trump vs Clinton: Crime Policies of the US Presidential Candidates


Later today, voters will decide who will be the next US President. While Australia is on the other side of the world, US policies on domestic and international law enforcement are influential well beyond the country’s borders – and indeed throughout the developed world. Without delving into the election’s contentious issues of race and immigration, ...