Articles by Sonia Hickey

Sexual Harassment Rife in Australian Workplaces


New research by the Human Rights commission suggests that sexual harassment is on the rise in Australian workplaces. The study, the fourth of its kind since 2012, found that one in three people reported being sexually harassed in the workplace, up from 21 per cent in 2012. It also found that 71 percent reported being ...

A Walk Through History: Bidura Children’s Court’s ‘Dungeon’


Some of Australia’s most infamous criminals had their initiation into custody at Bidura Children’s Court and Remand Centre. The Bidura Children’s Court first opened in 1911 and is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. The excavations have uncovered a number of dark secrets about Australia’s criminal past. The building itself is large and intimidating. Made ...

Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Public Service Scammers


Employees of the Department of Home Affairs, which is overseen by Minister Peter Dutton, are reported to have been caught claiming fraudulent sick leave – with one particular employee submitting 29 fraudulent medical certificates over a 6-year period. The figures, obtained under freedom of information laws, are the result of an internal investigation within department ...

Family Court ‘Expert’ Under Investigation


There are calls for change in the Australian family law system after an approved ‘expert’ was referred for investigation over allegations he prepared “grossly inaccurate” reports to be presented in evidence to support claims of child abuse and family violence. A group of parents has accused the expert of “grossly inaccurate and incomplete” recording of ...

Hiding Amongst Us – Australia’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives


Australian Federal Police are seeking the public’s help to find ten of Australia’s most wanted fugitives in the land, who are said to be hiding amongst local communities. Crime Stoppers warns these dangerous people could be your neighbours, work colleagues or faces you see regularly at the local shops and pubs, as it is ‘quite ...

Is the NSW Government Complicit in Animal Cruelty?


Two years ago, the NSW government promised to ban the greyhound racing industry after revelations emerged of appalling, systemic cruelty by trainers across the state, including live-baiting, mass killings and widespread mistreatment. The government later did “the mother of all back-flips”, bowing in to pressure from the world’s wealthiest and most powerful greyhound racing industry, ...

Sexual Assault Complaints in New South Wales


If you have been a victim of sexual assault, the thought of reporting it to police can be exceptionally traumatic. But it’s important to know that police officers are meant to treat complainants with dignity and respect, and to let accusers lead the process, based on how comfortable they are at any time. Two options ...

Cats and Dogs May Soon be Treated with Medicinal Cannabis


An Australian company is undertaking ground breaking research to determine whether medicinal cannabis products could be used to treat medical conditions in family pets. After a successful trial on dogs, CannPal is now expanding its testing to our furry feline friends. ‘The sky is the limit’ for the drug’s potential The company believes medicinal cannabis ...

Law Firms Warned Against ‘Ambulance Chasing’ and ‘Claim Farming’.


The Victorian Legal Services Commissioner, Fiona Mcleay, has issued a bulletin warning the state’s lawyers against engaging in unethical practices to lure clients, such as “claim farming” and “ambulance chasing”. Giving lawyers a bad name “This paints an appalling picture of how lawyers might appear to operate,” stated Ms McLeay. “The fact that the vast ...

Family Shooting Raises Concerns About Gun Ownership


It has been reported that last week, handgun permit holder John Edwards shot dead his two teenage children at West Pennant Hills in North-Western Sydney, and later took his own life, because he was denied contact in a child custody battle. It’s yet another family violence tragedy to hit the media headlines – with faces, ...