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Stockpiled Firearms are a Magnet for Thieves


Following a mass shooting in Darwin’s CBD earlier this month, a University of Sydney expert on gun violence has criticised police over their inaction when it comes to tracking shotguns, rifles and handguns in Australia. Darwin shooting It has been alleged that 45-year old Darwin resident Ben Offman shot and killed four people on 4 …
Police assault on Australia day

NSW District Court Judge Slams Brutal Police


Judge Roy Ellis of the New South Wales District Court has made clear there was no excuse for police officers to violently drag 28-year old Indigenous man Carl Hoppner from a police vehicle at Toronto Police Station on Australia Day last year before repeatedly punching and kicking him while he lay handcuffed and huddled on …

Drivers Face Fines for ‘Normal’ Passenger Behaviour


It’s a law you may not know about, but certainly one worth brushing up on. You’re on a long drive and your front seat passenger is relaxing watching a YouTube clip or a movie on a tablet or smart phone. Seems harmless enough, right? Actually, as a driver, you can be given three demerit points …
Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 10 to 16 June 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Towards Torres Strait Autonomy: An Interview With GBK’s Ned David There are calls for locals to have greater autonomy over their lands. Click here to read the article Domestic Violence Murders Double in New South Wales Domestic violence-related murders have …

Cannabis Legalisation Is Creeping Closer for Canberra


The ACT Legislative Assembly health committee last week tabled its report on the legislation that would see the personal possession and use of cannabis legalised in the capital territory. And with a great sigh of relief, the review recommended the bill be supported subject to some amendments. The Personal Cannabis Use Bill was introduced into …
Fairy floss

The Offence of Drug Supply in New South Wales


A South Australian man has been handed an 18-month suspended prison sentence for selling a range of cannabis-infused products, including fairy-floss, hazelnut spread, lollies and lip balm. 32-year old James Stephen Woodward pleaded guilty in the state’s District Court to possessing, manufacturing and supplying an illegal drug. Police raided his home last year after receiving …
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Silencing Dissent: Government Demonises and Targets Animal Welfare Activists


Recently appointed Australian agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie has vowed to continue the Morrison government’s crackdown on animal welfare activists with the fast tracking of new laws aimed at preventing protests being carried out by those she terms as “agri-terrorists”. Prime minister Scott Morrison first spruiked the laws that could see activists imprisoned for up to …
Incest

Mother of ‘Incest Family’ Granted Bail


The 52-year old matriarch of a rural Australian family has been granted bail in the Supreme Court of New South Wales after spending 14 months behind bars. The woman, given the pseudonym ‘Betty Colt’, was arrested in April 2018 and charged with five counts of perjury for allegedly making false statements under oath. She is …
1984

Welcome to 1984: The Government’s Relentless Assault on Democracy


Many social commentators have drawn comparisons between George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’ and the pervasive nature of surveillance in a several modern nations, labelling the book as prophetic rather than emphasising that it is a work of fiction. Orwell’s book was written 70 years ago in 1949, but perhaps never has it been as relevant …
The White Rose Society

Exposing the Far-Right in Australia: An Interview With the White Rose Society


The White Rose Society is a clandestine group of online anti-fascists operating in Australia. It has the aim of exposing the rising white nationalist movement in this country in all its various forms: from street-level movements to politicking at the highest level. Having worked in different anti-fascist and anti-racist spaces in the past, the anonymous …