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Sonia Hickey

Sonia Hickey is a freelance writer, magazine journalist and owner of 'Woman with Words'. She has a strong interest in social justice, and is a member of the Sydney Criminal Lawyers® content team.

Coronavirus: No Social Security for Kiwis

by Sonia Hickey
In recent weeks the Australian Prime Minister has announced a range of new measures to help Australians through the tough times ahead – financial support packages for businesses, a ‘coronavirus’ welfare payment,  $750 cash payments for low income households, and...

The Offence of Intimidation in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
On 24 March 2020, a 21-year olf man attended Coffs Harbour Police Station and approached a 71-year-old female officer, before deliberately coughing on her and claiming to have COVID-19, while his friend filmed the incident. When asked if he was...

The Police State Is Here, Thanks to Coronavirus

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
For those of us living in Australia right now, every day there’s a new set of rules and regulations handed down from state and Federal Governments as they aim to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Borders have been closed. Events...

Crossing State Borders: A Rundown of the Rules

by Sonia Hickey
This week, travelling around the country just became nearly impossible as all Australian states except New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT closed their borders. Many Families, friends and lovers are now officially separated, indefinitely. And, as with many of...

Should Australia ‘Shut Down’ for 30 Days?

by Sonia Hickey
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a major boost to social security recipients and for those who lose their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which represents a turnaround from its previous determination not to increase the Newstart...

Morrison’s Mixed Messages on the Coronavirus

by Sonia Hickey
The Morrison Government recently introduced a range of measures and restrictions on the Australian public, as Coronavirus infections continue to rise. Some of these new rules include: Non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people are forbidden Pubs, clubs, sporting and...

Toilet Paper Profiteers Will Be Prosecuted, Warns Dutton

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australia Border Force (ABF) have teamed up to catch hoarders of supermarket goods who are selling them on the black market. In recent weeks, the camaraderie and community spirit shared by thousands of Australians...

Will Coronavirus Lead to a Rise in Domestic Violence Offences?

by Sonia Hickey
Around Australia, police services, criminal defence law firms and family violence support lines are all reporting a ‘higher than usual ‘ number of calls relating to alleged domestic violence offences. The threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and stern health warnings from...

True Blue Murder: SAS Soldier Executes Unarmed Man

by Sonia Hickey
As the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) prepares to deliver a final report following an inquiry into special forces deployed in Afghanistan, shocking video footage has emerged of an Australian soldier executing an unarmed Afghan civilian. The video...

‘I’m Gonna F*** Your Life Up’: Tinder Stalker Sentenced to Imprisonment

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A Sydney radiologist has been handed a 9 month prison sentence for harassing six people including her ex-boyfriend and his new partner via email text and social media. The story so far Dr Lee was charged in 2017 with six...
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