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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.

One-Third of People in Prison Have Not Been Found Guilty

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The most recent figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the nation’s prison population now officially stands at 43,028 inmates; a figure that is less than it was the previous year, albeit by just one percent. However,...

Law Enforcement Integrity Commission Lacks Independence

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Well before the creation of the ‘Super Ministry’ – the Department of Home Affairs – headed up by Peter Dutton, the government created a key anti-corruption body. The problem is that not many have heard of it until recently. Despite...

The Offence of Assisting a Suicide

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In the days before Christmas, Western Australia became the second state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying. More than 180 hours were spent debating the legislation in parliament, but under the final laws, terminally ill adults in pain and...

Dutton Slammed for Locking Up a Blind, Mentally Ill Refugee for a Decade

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A decision made by the Federal Court of Australia on Christmas Eve could have huge implications for large numbers of refugees locked up by the Australian government. For many years, there have been concerns about the arbitrary power the Home...

The Offence of Public Mischief in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A professor at the University of Technology, Sydney is facing court for allegedly making a complaint to police that she was the victim of harassing letters, when she actually sent the letters to herself. Police arrested and charged UTS professor...

Catholic Priest Dies Before Being Sentenced for Child Sexual Abuse

by Sonia Hickey
Disgraced former Catholic Priest James Joseph Cunneen, who was found guilty of indecently assaulting six teenage boys in New South Wales in the late 1980s, has died before he could be sentenced. 60-year old Mr Cunneen was due to be...

The Offence of Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein has been charged in Los Angeles with felony offences including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint. Charges were laid just hours after Mr Weinstein appeared...

Scammers, looters and arsonists – the dark side of the bushfire tragedy

by Sonia Hickey
National disasters such as Australia’s current bushfire crisis, usually inspire our communities to rally together – to help each other when we need it the most. But sadly, there are always those willing to take advantage of the misfortune of...

Getting a Divorce in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
Divorce is a delicate subject, especially over the holiday period when families are meant to be coming together rather than falling apart. But there is no denying the holidays can have a way of magnifying tensions in relationships that aren’t...

The Law, Penalties and Defence for Sexual Touching in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
It has been reported that at around 7.30pm on Friday, 27 December 2019 a 41-year old man from Hurstville Grove in Sydney’s south stopped an 18-year old door-to-door salesperson as she was walking on a street, lured her into his...
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