Articles by Ugur Nedim

What are the Penalties for Steroids in NSW?


Before 2014, the possession of drugs classified as anabolic steroids was primarily regulated by the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966, which dealt with the substances in much the same way as other prescription drugs. However in 2014, the NSW government reclassified the drugs as narcotics which brought the penalties in line with drugs like ...

NSW Magistrate Charged with Indecent Assault on Teenager


It has been reported that sitting local court magistrate, Graeme Curran, was charged this morning with nine counts of indecent assault on a teenage boy between 1981 and 1983. The 67-year old magistrate is reported to have met detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad this morning at Burwood Police Station, where he ...

Disqualification Periods Slashed in NSW


On 28 October 2017, new laws came into effect reducing disqualification periods for driving without a valid licence, and abolishing the habitual offender scheme. New disqualification periods The new penalties can be summarised as follows: Offence Penalty where it’s your first major traffic offence in the past 5 years Penalty where it’s your second or ...

Disqualified Drivers Can Now Apply to Get Their Licences Back


The Road Transport Amendment (Driver Licence Disqualification) Act came into effect on 28 October 2017, allowing certain disqualified drivers in NSW to apply to the local court for the removal of their disqualification periods. Who can apply? If you are a disqualified driver, you may apply for the removal of all disqualification periods where: Any ...

Government Again Uses Threat of Terrorism to Justify Greater Control


State and territory leaders agreed this week to disclose driver licence photos to the federal government so it can create a national face-recognition database. At the COAG security meeting, the premiers also agreed to a set of new federal laws, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says are necessary in Australia’s fight against terrorism. National database  ...

Surveillance Cameras in the Neighbourhood


Ben moved into a rental property in July this year. He didn’t realise until a few weeks later that his neighbours had installed security cameras which capture not only their own property, but also Ben’s backyard. The cameras are small and hard to see in the daylight, but Ben can see the red lights at ...

Australia’s Best University Revealed


The QS World University Rankings places over 950 institutions across the globe in a range of categories, including by course of study and overall excellence. It applies six broad metrics to ascertain a score for each category, which then determines the institution’s ranking within that category. These metrics are: Academic reputation Employer reputation Faculty/ student ...

Precious Police Officer Arrests Heckler


Video footage has been published of detective inspector Winston Woodward giving a press conference outside Albury police station when an apparently intoxicated man walks from across the street with a beer in his hand and yells “bullshit”. The seasoned officer is so incensed by the taunt that he walks away from the cameras, confronts the man and ...

It Pays to Know Your Rights


A judge in Downing Centre District Court has found in favour of a 24-year old man who sued the state of NSW for false imprisonment after police illegally detained him for four minutes and 15 seconds at a suburban train station. During the civil suit, Sam Le’s lawyers tendered video footage that their client had taken ...

Woman Sent to Prison after Spending Unexpected Windfall


Brisbane woman Wendy Baulch has been sentenced to three months in prison followed by a fifteen month suspended sentence, after spending money which was deposited into her bank account by mistake. The fifty-four year old mother-of-four pleaded guilty to one count of fraud, after spending $60,000 “on items of indulgence” including a 36-day cruise from ...