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NSW Police Are Using Strip Searches to Intimidate


The NSW coronial inquiry into six drug-related deaths at music festivals heard testimony last week regarding a police officer who threatened to make a strip search “nice and slow”, unless the woman being ordered to take her clothes off, confessed to where her drugs were hidden. The young woman recalled fighting back the tears as …
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Extinction Rebellion Activist Imprisoned Over Non-Custodial Offence


As the reality of the climate emergency becomes more widely accepted throughout the community, those who continue to deny it seem to be mainly those in charge. And, as usual, they want to clamp down on individuals who don’t reflect their opinion. This might explain why Extinction Rebellion (XR) protester Eric “Sergio” Herbert spent three …
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New Laws for Rehoming Pets in New South Wales


The New South Wales Government says new laws that apply when you sell or give away a pet are designed with the safety and welfare of our furry companions in mind. But will they work? Or could they lead to a rise in the abandonment of our most vulnerable beings? New laws came into effect …
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AFP Admits Accessing Metadata of Australians 20,000 Times in a Year


Australian Federal Police have admitted accessing the metadata of Australians around 20,000 times in just 12 months. The admission came during the AFP’s submission to the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security’s review of the mandatory data retention laws. Parliamentary committee review The review, currently underway, is examining a range of laws, including anti-encryption …
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Police Press Charges Over Parking Spot Punch-up


It has been reported that two men are facing assault charges arising from an incident on John Street in Cabramatta yesterday, during which they allegedly attacked a driver over a claim to a parking spot. The incident, which was filmed by members of the public, shows two men approach the driver side of a green …
Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 8 to 14 July 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Google in Hot Water for Failing to Remove Defamatory Reviews Google Australia is facing contempt of court charges for failing to delete defamatory reviews in a timely manner. Click here to read the article Prosecution Must Serve All Relevant Evidence …
Zapatista Indigenous

Zapatista Indigenous Autonomous Zones Threatened by Militarisation


A group of leading intellectuals from around the globe have penned an open letter calling out the Mexican government’s increased militarisation in the south-eastern state of Chiapas, as they’re concerned deployed troops could turn against the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). The Zapatistas are a far-left libertarian-socialist community that controls a substantial amount of …
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West Papuans Have United to Reclaim Their Nation


The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) announced last week that the three main West Papuan military factions have united under the one single command. And the newly-formed West Papua Army is now operating under its political leadership. The three military factions signed the Vanimo Border Declaration on 1 May, which marked 56 years …
Respect’s Janelle Fawkes

Decriminalise Queensland Sex Work: An Interview With Respect’s Janelle Fawkes


Amnesty International adopted a sex work decriminalisation policy back in 2016. It was a move that formally recognised the high rates of human rights abuses in the industry, as well as that many of the harms associated with sex work are due to its criminalisation. NSW decriminalised the sex industry in 1995, with the passing …
Chris Daw QC

“Legalise and License the Supply of Drugs”: An Interview With Chris Daw QC


Criminal defence barrister Chris Daw QC is an outspoken advocate of drug legalisation. The 1912 International Opium Convention was the first transnational drug control treaty. Born out of concerns over opium use in China, the document was signed in the Hague, and placed restrictions around the manufacture and distribution of substances derived from the opium …