Blog Articles

NSW Police Strip-Search Female Protesters


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Two women protesting the treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being arrested, conveyed to the police station and strip-searched before being released without charge. Susan Price and Rachel Evans were amongst around 200 people protesting Australia’s offshore detention regime at a Liberal Party fundraiser in Sydney ...

AirBnb Hosts Can be Fined in NSW


The home sharing phenomenon has taken off worldwide in recent years, and AirBnb is a market-leading website platform facilitating the cost-effective arrangement. Many who are struggling to make mortgage repayments or pay the rent are finding the platform to be a great way to rent out a spare room, a granny flat in the backyard ...

NSW District Court Judge Mistakenly Considers Standard Non-Parole Period


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In the early afternoon of 20 June 2013, Jason Potts walked down an alley beside a house situated on Chancery Street, Canley Vale in Sydney. The 40-year-old was accompanied by his 18-year-old son. The pair, who were both wearing gloves, jumped the over fence and into the yard of the ...

Same-Sex Marriage: What Happens Next?


Unless you’ve been trapped on a deserted island somewhere, you’ll know Australia’s controversial, prolonged and expensive public survey has voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Across the nation, banners waved slogans such as ‘Love Wins’ and ‘Equality at Last’. But not everyone was happy about the outcome, with 38.4% of those who returned their surveys ...

The British Empire’s Opium Trade Led to the War on Drugs


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In the mid-18th century, China was exporting large quantities of highly sought-after commodities to European countries, such as porcelain, silk, tea and spices. By contrast, the goods produced in Europe were of little interest to the Chinese. Under the Qing Dynasty, all incoming foreign trade took place in the ...

There’s a Resounding Silence Over the Paradise Papers Revelations


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The largest leak of financial information in history was made globally last week and the reaction has been lacklustre. The 13.4 million files that make up the Paradise Papers uncover the financial dealings of the ultra-rich and major corporations in offshore tax havens. Most of the documents were derived ...

Queensland Police Under Attack


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Queensland Police Union has called for an audit into security at police facilities across the state, after a spate of attacks on stations, officers and even their homes. The Courier Mail reported on November 7 that a series of Queensland police service reports suggest that members of the ...

French Court Finds that Sex with Child Wasn’t Rape


In NSW, it is a crime for a person to have sexual intercourse with another who is under the age of 16-years, or 18 if there is a relationship of ‘special care’. Similar ‘age of consent’ laws apply in countries like the United States and United Kingdom. However, no such age of consent applies in ...

Stop the Forced Sterilisation of Females with Disabilities


Australia won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 17. The Australian campaign for a position on the leading human rights body consisted of five pillars. These included a pledge to promote gender equality, as well as addressing human rights violations and abuses. On the following day, the UNHRC win, the ...

Top 5 Countries Where Australians Get into Trouble with the Law


Australians like to travel – nearly 9 million of us take overseas trips every year whether for business, family or pleasure. For most of us, the trip goes as planned and we arrive back home safely on Australian soil. But for others, it can be a very different story. Each year, the Department of Foreign ...