Articles by Sonia Hickey

Journalist Manhandled by Premier’s Minders


The Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, was in Brunswick Heads, a popular tourist spot on the state’s North Coast, when a local journalist attempted to make his way towards her to ask questions. Instead of getting anywhere near the Premier, the journalist was manhandled by her minders and taken in the opposite direction. ...

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Calls for Speedier Outcomes to Criminal Cases


A Sydney mother is calling for reform after spending four years seeking justice for her daughter, who was repeatedly sexually abused by her stepfather. The ‘hell’ of getting justice The nightmare began in January 2014, when ‘Rachel’ (not her real name) discovered that her husband was drugging her in order to sexually assault her daughter. ...

‘Brazen, Forcible and Breathtakingly Arrogant’: Pell Sent to Prison


Tonight, Cardinal George Pell starts his sentence behind bars. Australia’s highest ranking Catholic Church official has been sentenced to 6 years in prison, with a non-parole period of 3 years and 8 months. Pell was found guilty in December last year of five counts of sexually abusing two choirboys while he was Catholic archbishop of ...

Married at First Sight’s legal battle. And it’s not divorce.


Even if you haven’t watched it, it’s been hard to miss the headlines, as the dramas unfold on Married at First Sight, the reality TV show that follows the trials and tribulations of strangers who attempt to have romantic relationships on air with a view to getting married. The show, billed as a ‘social experiment’ ...

Are Male Victims of Domestic Violence Overlooked?


Twenty-two year old Alex Skeel was found bruised, bloodied and close to death when discovered by police in the flat he shared with his partner Jordan Worth, the mother of his children. Ms Worth told officers her boyfriend suffered from a medical condition that caused him to have “bouts of self-harm” and had “hurt himself”. ...

#Nuns Too Speak Out About Their Sexual Abuse at the Hands of Catholic Priests


Senior Catholic Church officials from around the world are due to meet in Rome later this month to discuss their response to the sexual abuse crisis that has engulfed the institution. Although until recently, the primary focus has been the sexual abuse of boys by priests and other Church members, women are now also beginning ...

Banking Executives Expected to Face Criminal Charges


Australia may soon join Iceland, the only other country in the world to gaol top banking executives for misconduct. In delivering a scathing final report of the findings of the Royal Commission’s hearings into the finance industry, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne made 76 recommendations, referring 24 additional cases to industry regulators and two for consideration for ...

Ben Barba May Be Banned for Life after Being Accused of Domestic Violence


The NRL top brass have been taking an increasingly tough stance on players accused of criminal offences in recent times. Now, CEO Todd Greenberg has announced that star player Ben Barba faces a life-long ban from the game after being accused of domestic violence. The story so far In case you missed it, Ben Barba, ...

Babies, Students & Migrants – New Laws for 2019


At the start of every year, new state and federal laws come into effect across the nation. This year, babies, students, migrants, politicians and credit card users are amongst those most affected by laws which came into effect earlier this month. Here’s a quick rundown of the new laws. Foreign political donations New laws have ...

Dozens of NSW Police Officers Charged with Assault and Sexual Offences


Police offers swear an oath to uphold and enforce the law, but what happens when officers themselves are themselves charged with violent of sexual offences? It has been reported that since October 2016, 30 New South Wales police officers have been charged with offences ranging from reckless damage and common assault through to child sex ...