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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. Sonia is the winner of the Mondaq Thought Leadership Awards, Autumn 2021.

Police Officer Charged Over Brutal Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A police officer who approached a member of the public from behind and violently threw him to the ground, leaving him in a pool of blood and urine, has been charged with recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault. The man...

Winner of 2021 Sydney Criminal Lawyers Scholarship Announced

by Sonia Hickey
Congratulations to Jessica Heaney, the winner of this year’s Sydney Criminal Lawyers Scholarship award, who won amongst extremely strong competition. Jessica recently graduated with First Class Honours and will be admitted as a lawyer in February 2022.  Jessica has already...

Rapid Antigen Tests: Short Supply and High Price Leads to Crime and Thriving Black Market

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A man has been charged over the alleged theft of 42,000 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) valued at approximately $500,00 from a freight depot in Botany in Sydney’s south-east at around 3.20pm on Tuesday, 18 January 2022. Three men were arrested...

The Djokovic Saga: Another Example of Australian Authoritarianism at Work

by Sonia Hickey
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware that Novak Djokovic lost his fight to stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open, and has now left the country. Initial application Mr Djokovic’s initial application before...

Rapid Antigen Tests: Unavailable or Overpriced

by Sonia Hickey
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating reports of ‘outrageous’ prices being charged for Rapid-Antigen Tests.  Concerningly, the consumer watchdog says it has received as many as 150 reports a day from consumers about excessive pricing of the...

Hillsong Church Gets Off ‘Scott’ Free

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Police Force has spent the best part of the past two years handing out fines and even arresting and prosecuting ordinary working Australians for failing to comply with public health orders, but in the past week,...

The Djokovic Saga: A Convenient Distraction for the Government

by Sonia Hickey
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has exercised his ministerial powers to revoke Novak Djokovic’s visa, meaning the world’s best tennis player could be deported and miss the Australian Open if his latest legal challenged, scheduled for hearing in the Federal Court...

New COVID Rules for the District Court of New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
The District Court of New South Wales has published its latest memorandum which outlines the new rules effective from 12 January 2021, which aim to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Jury Trials While jury trials have recommenced in the District...

The Offence of Unauthorised Possession or Use of a Pistol or Prohibited Firearm in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A man has been charged with firearms, robbery and intimidation offences after allegedly wielding a firearm at a popular Sydney restaurant.  It is alleged that 42-year old Viacheslav Zhadushkin pulled out a firearm and threatened staff and patrons after being...

It is Now Compulsory to Report Positive Rapid Antigen Tests in NSW

by Sonia Hickey
From 12 January 2022, the new Covid-19 testing regime is in place across New South Wales – moving away from PCR (clinic) testing to Rapid-Antigen Tests (RATs) which can be done at home.  Residents who test positive for Covid-19 are...
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