Articles by Sonia Hickey

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 ...

Criminal charges to be laid over Sydney baby deaths


Five people and two companies will face criminal charges over the deaths of two babies who were given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital. Safe Work NSW intends to criminally prosecute South West Local Health District, as well gas installer Christopher Turner and his employer, medical supply company BOC, which supplied the gas ...

Kids to Spend Christmas in Hotel Rooms with Strangers


At any time in NSW alone, there are around 150 children accommodated in hotels under the care of Family and Community Services (FACS). It’s no different at Christmas time. While many kids will wake up wondering what surprises are wrapped under the tree, these kids will wake up with relative strangers – carers – some ...

Criminal Charges Tarnish Rugby League’s Reputation


The Australian Rugby League Commission, which controls and administrator the game, has announced a trial of new rules for junior players in a bid to stem the tide of kids leaving the sport. The shake-up is being described as the “most radical” in the sport’s 110-year history, as the embattled code tries to rebuild its ...

US Cop who Shot Dead Aussie Woman Could Face Upgraded Charges


Prosecutors in Minneapolis are seeking to upgrade the primary charge against a policeman who killed 40-year old Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk. Officer Mohamed Noor was initially was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, after he shot dead former Sydney woman Damond Ruszczyk in an alley behind her Minneapolis home just before midnight on ...

Facebook Under Fire for Failing to Prevent Child-Bride Auction


Facebook is facing worldwide condemnation for failing to notice a child-bride auction on its platform for 15 days after the post went live. The story so far A Sudanese man is reported to have used the social media platform to auction off a 16-year old girl to the highest bidder, and the social media giant ...

Tinder Rapist Granted Bail


In the Melbourne County Court last week, Glenn Antony Hartland pleaded guilty to raping three women and indecently assaulting a fourth. His pleas of guilty were followed by an application for bail, which was granted by the court on strict conditions. This means Mr Hartland will be in the community until his sentencing hearing in ...

Only Half of the Serious Injuries on Our Roads are Recorded


According to the NSW Centre for Road Safety, only half of the serious injuries caused by road collisions are recorded road trauma statistics, because police and hospital records cannot be matched. The Centres reports that there were 11,557 people seriously injured on NSW roads in the 12 months to March 2018, but because 5702 of ...

Family Court Needs Urgent Overhaul, says new Chief Justice


The newly appointed head of the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court says urgent reform is needed if the courts are to serve those who need them most. Incoming Chief Justice Will Alstergren, who will take up the helm in December, says the entire system needs a major shake-up in order to make ...