Articles by Zeb Holmes

Zeb Holmes Zeb Holmes is a lawyer with a passion for social justice who advocates criminal law reform, and a member of the content team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers®.

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Police Are Failing to Act on Sexual Assault Complaints, Report Finds


A recent report by Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has found that police are failing to properly record complaints of sexual assault and other forms of abuse. The CCC’s June 2019 audit found that Queensland police were facing an increasing number of complaints for “failing to respond to duty” – from 1,381 in 2015, …
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Lockout Laws Don’t Reduce Alcohol Consumption


A new study into the Queensland lockout laws have found that they have offered virtually no benefit in reducing violence or curbing dangerous alcohol consumption. Researchers from the University of Queensland, Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology studied the effect of the laws from 2014 to 2017. This included looking at blood alcohol readings …
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Press Stands United Against Authoritarianism


There is not much that the bosses of News Corp, the ABC and channel 9 would agree upon, representing different segments of the ideological spectrum. But as recently reported, they recently came together to jointly condemn laws which make reporting on crime and misconduct by the government and its agents a criminal offence, regardless of …
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Australia Talks Tough on Khashoggi Killing


Australian foreign minister Marise Payne has labelled the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul as “outrageous” and says Australia will closely consider a recently released report into the incident before deciding whether to take action against the oil-rich state. The Death of Jamal Khashoggi Mr Khashoggi was a …
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Peter Dutton’s Demonisation of Rape Victims is “An Absolute Disgrace”


Peter Dutton has been widely criticised for making unsubstantiated claims that sexual assault victims on Nauru were “trying it on” by seeking abortions in Australia. The Home Affairs Minister saw fit to demonise victims of heinous sexual crimes such as aggravated sexual assault leading to pregnancies, taking the position that they should have their abortions …
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Stockpiled Firearms are a Magnet for Thieves


Following a mass shooting in Darwin’s CBD earlier this month, a University of Sydney expert on gun violence has criticised police over their inaction when it comes to tracking shotguns, rifles and handguns in Australia. Darwin shooting It has been alleged that 45-year old Darwin resident Ben Hoffman shot and killed four people on 4 …
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NSW District Court Judge Slams Brutal Police


Judge Roy Ellis of the New South Wales District Court has made clear there was no excuse for police officers to violently drag 28-year old Indigenous man Carl Hoppner from a police vehicle at Toronto Police Station on Australia Day last year before repeatedly punching and kicking him while he lay handcuffed and huddled on …
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Domestic Violence Murders Double in New South Wales


According to data recently released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), the number of domestic violence-related murders in New South Wales has doubled over the past year The statistics also suggest that after years of steady decline, several other categories of violent crime are also on the rise. Domestic violence homicides The …
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Uber Drivers Are Not Employees, rules Fair Work Ombudsman


According to the ATO, “An employee works in your business and is part of your business. A contractor is running their own business.” The characterisation has allowed businesses such as Uber, Air Tasker, Ola, Deliveroo, DiDi and Menulog to deny workers entitlements such as minimum wage, annual leave, superannuation and sick leave regardless of the …
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High Crimes Rates Deter Residents from Pursuing Opportunities


Researchers out of the University of Colorado have found that high rates of violent crime in the local community can lead to people taking fewer risks, which can in turn reduce their living standards and negatively impact on the local economy, The study The study, entitled ‘Impact of Violent Crime on Risk Aversion: Evidence from …