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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.

Victoria Plans to Lock Up Those Who Fail to Self Isolate

by Sonia Hickey
As Victorian Covid case numbers show a steady decline, and there’s hope on the horizon that lockdowns may ease, Victoria is planning to introduce legislation that would allow the detention of anyone who fails to self-isolate if they have tested...

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Champion of Gender Equality

by Sonia Hickey
United States Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of cancer over the weekend, was a passionate, astute, outspoken advocate of women’s rights, civil liberties and the rule of law. Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, to a...

Protests Erupt Over Yet Another Indigenous Death In Police Custody

by Sonia Hickey
South East Queensland has erupted into protest over the death of an Indigenous woman in Police Custody. Several hundred “Black Lives Matter” protesters have marched Brisbane for a second time, and more protests are planned for other areas in Southern...

Can I Secretly Record a Conversation in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former New South Wales homicide detective Gary Jubelin has lost his appeal against his conviction for illegally recording conversations with a person of interest in the William Tyrrell investigation. Earlier this year, the former detective was found guilty of four...

Police Slam Man’s Head into Counter then Charge Him with Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A South Australian man who suffered a brain injury after a Senior Police officer slammed his head into a counter while he was in custody has spent more than three years fighting to have charges against him thrown out of...

Victoria Police Ramps Up Offensive Against Protests

by Sonia Hickey
There’s something very disturbing about scenes from the anti-lockdown protest at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne over the weekend. There’s a series of video footage posted online which shows scores of heavily armed and riot squad police far outnumbering...

When Can Police Arrest a Person Without a Warrant in NSW?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Rugby League player Curtis Scott had all criminal charges against him withdrawn and dismissed earlier this week; a decision that followed a seven-month long prosecution and numerous attempts by his criminal defence lawyers to persuade the police that the case...

The Offences of Procuring and Grooming Children for Sexual Activity in NSW

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In recent weeks, New South Wales Police officers have made three separate arrests in relation to alleged online grooming, and have warned the public to be vigilant as reports of child exploitation have almost doubled over the past few months....

Queensland to Force Priests to Report Child Sexual Abuse

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Queensland has just passed news law which makes it a crime for priests to fail to report incidents of child sexual abuse. Under the new laws, religious institutions and their members are no longer able to use the sanctity of...

NSW Police Officer Charged With Possessing Child Abuse Material

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A 42-year old police officer based in Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales has been charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material. Following an investigation by the New South Wales Police Force Professional Standards Command (PSC), detectives...
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