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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.

NSW Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Naked Teen

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The police officer charged with assault after striking a restrained, naked teenager 18 times with a baton has been found not guilty. Officer Michial Greenhalgh was charged following an inquiry by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) into the arrest...

Winner of 2020 SCL Criminal Law Scholarship Announced

by Sonia Hickey
Ruth Lubrainschik describes herself as someone who has a “deep empathy for human struggle”, and it is this deep empathy which drives her interest in criminal law as well as her strong belief in the capacity of the law to...

Sexual Assault Allegations Plague Parliament

by Sonia Hickey
It’s been a tumultuous time in the halls of power in Canberra. In the past couple of weeks, five women have come forward with serious allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment. An historical sexual assault allegation by friends of...

Crown Resorts Under Fire for Underpaying Staff

by Sonia Hickey
Over the past few years, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO0 has been swamped by cases of big corporations underpaying staff, including Coles, McDonald’s and 7-Eleven. While there are current regulations in the Fair Work Act to protect employees, there have...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Torture in Australia

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
The Brisbane Supreme Court has heard a chilling account of the final moments of Queensland couple Iuliana Triscaru and Cory Breton, whose decomposed bodies were found in a toolbox – weighed down with blocks and tyres – after it was...

The Laws, Defences and Penalties for Dog Attack Offences in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A New South Wales Police officer is undergoing surgery after he was attacked by a dog while dealing with a domestic-related incident over the weekend. Police say when they arrived at the property in Bankstown in south-west Sydney a man...

The Crime of Concealing a Serious Indictable Offence

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Just when the publicity surrounding Brittany Higgins’ sexual assault allegation had started to settle the Prime Minister has received two letter which have the potential to change the Liberal Party as we know it. The first was a stern letter...

What Does the Law Say About Consent in Sexual Assault Cases?

by Sonia Hickey
When twenty-two year old Chantel Contos shared her story of an alleged sexual assault in a private school, she was not expecting the enormity of the response. Since her disclosure, hundreds of other women have come forward, telling details of...

Paltry ‘JobSeeker Raise’ Will Not Increase Employment or Help the Economy

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison did what many Australians have been wanting him to do for some time – announce a permanent raise in the rate for the JobSeeker allowance. The bad news is that Jobseeker (formerly Newstart,...

Should the Identity of the Alleged Parliament House Sexual Assailant Be Made Public?

by Sonia Hickey
A fifth woman is reported to have come forward alleging that the same man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins and three other women, and sexually harassing a fourth woman, also sexually assaulted her. As the allegations continue to mount,...
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