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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.

Man Acquitted of Murder Due to Evidence of Police Stitch-Up

by Sonia Hickey
After 13 years and two jury trials, Scott Austic has been found not guilty of murdering his pregnant lover and released from prison. Stacy Thorne was murdered in 2007, while 22 weeks pregnant. She was stabbed 21 times at her...

Skewed Priorities: Qld Premier Under Fire Over Inconsistent COVID Restrictions

by Sonia Hickey
Seemingly oblivious to the extent of the heartache and disruption caused by Queensland border closures over the past several months, Annastacia Palaszczuk has further angered many Australians by allowing record crowds to attend the State of Origin Final this week....

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Laws in Australia

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Crown Resorts won’t be able to open its brand new casino at Barangaroo as planned next month, until a review of its gambling licence is complete. The New South Wales gambling regulator, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) has...

Government’s Attack Dogs Raid Union Properties

by Sonia Hickey
The Australian Federal Police (AFP), working jointly with NSW Police Force, executed search warrants earlier this week on several trade union-related properties in Sydney, including the headquarters of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and the home...

Government Settles Robodebt, But Ministers Remain Unaccountable

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The Federal Government has settled the class action lawsuit brought against it over the Robodebt extortion scheme, agreeing pay $1.2 billion to victims of the unlawful automated debt recovery programme. The class action has been underway for some time, but...

NSW Government to Face Another Corruption Investigation

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Government is facing another corruption investigation, this time over reports that a secret land deal in Western Sydney will cost taxpayers more than double the original purchase price. The deal involves a six hectare property bought...

Teflon Gladys. Is it Time for the NSW Premier to Resign?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has faced scrutiny recently over her involvement in – or at least wilful blindness in the face of – allegations of corruption by members of her Party. Just a few weeks ago, NSW residents were polarised...

The Offence of Wounding or Causing Grievous Bodily Harm With Intent in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Since 2007, all New South Wales venues have been ‘smoke free’ except for designated smoking areas, and any individual who doesn’t abide by the rules can be fined $300. Altercation over smoking According to reports, a  group of five men...

Systemic Bullying, Brutality and Cover-Ups: Officers Speak Out Against Toxic Police Culture

by Sonia Hickey
Police officers say that a dysfunctional and divisive culture within the New South Wales police force is stronger than ever, with a number of officers recently speaking out about toxic leadership, bullying, ‘cliques’, systemic brutality and cover-ups. Speaking to media,...

NSW Police Officer Charged with Assaulting Teenager

by Sonia Hickey
A New South Wales Police Officer who struck a naked teenager 16 times with a baton after he had already been capsicum sprayed and tasered, and was on the ground, is now facing criminal charges. Officer Michial Greenhalgh has pleaded...
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