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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, Spring 2022.

Thousands of Children Fined Over Alleged COVID Breaches, Report Finds

More than 3,600 children were fined during the Covid pandemic, according to a recent report by the Redfern Legal Centre, an organisation that has been instrumental in fighting for justice for those unfairly treated during the pandemic.  The Centre also...

NSW Crackdown on Domestic Violence: Police Blitzes and Bail Reforms

More than 550 people described by police as the state’s ‘most high risk domestic violence offenders’ have been arrested and charged with a total of 1,070 offences during in a four day police operation across New South Wales that ran...

Drug Supply Charges: Pleading Guilty, Remorse and Rehabilitation Can Significantly Reduce Sentence

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A former AFL player has been sentenced to a full term of five years and four months in prison, with a non-parole period of three years, after being sentenced over multiple counts of supplying a prohibited drug as well as...

Australian Governments Promise to Crackdown on Domestic Violence Offences

Welcome, Anthony Albanese, to the ‘national crisis’ of domestic violence offences predominantly - but certainly not always - committed by men against women. In response to thousands of women, men and children rallying over the weekend against the epidemic of...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for the Public Order Offence of Riot in NSW

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Three people have now been charged over the aftermath of a stabbing of a Bishop at the Christ the Good Shepherd church in Wakeley in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. The stabbing A 16 year old who is reported to have been...

The Brittany Higgins Saga: Bruce Lehrmann Fails to Clear His Name in Defamation Trial

Despite not being convicted of any sexual offences, Bruce Lehrmann has now been labelled by a judge of the Federal Court of Australia as more likely than not to be a sexual offender by a following his defamation trial against...

How Do Mobile Speed Cameras Work in New South Wales?

The New South Wales road toll has escalated to 106 deaths to date in 2024 - up from 90 for the same period last year.  The figures suggest that 367 lives have been lost on the State’s roads in the...

Federal Court Dismisses Case Against Qatar Airways Over Strip-Searches

The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed two sets of civil proceedings brought by five Australian women who were verbally chastised and strip-searched at Doha airport in 2020. Although the decisions are disappointing for the women and much of the...

Law, Penalties and Defences for Assaulting Frontline Emergency and Health Workers in NSW

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New South Wales Police have charged a 31- year old man over allegations he sexually touched and threatened a female paramedic who was trying to help him.  Police allege the incident occurred inside an ambulance on 30 March 2024, while...

Government’s Digital ID Scheme: Greater State Control and a Haven for Hackers

Digital identifications are likely to become a reality in Australia, with the Federal Senate passing the Digital ID (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023 last week. The next step is for the Bill to pass the lower house, before it...
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