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Police Commissioner Under Fire Over Vaccine Mandates

by Sonia Hickey
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carrol has come under fire in the Supreme Court over her directive last year compelling officers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to keep their jobs A number of Queensland Police Officers pushed back against...

Over 200,000 Australians Could Be Prohibited from Voting in Federal Election

by Sonia Hickey
Understandably, there’s public outrage over a recent decision by the Australian Electoral Commission which could – unless quickly reversed or rectified – prevent more than 200,000 people from voting in this weekend’s federal election. The ruling essentially means that anyone...

COVID Restrictions Have Eased, But the Impact on Mental Health Continues

by Sonia Hickey
Now that the Covid -19 pandemic has settled, and while life might ‘appear’ to be returning to some sort of normality, it is far from ‘normal’ for hundreds of thousands of people across Australia – including those who remain homeless,...

The Offence of Contravening an Order to Leave or Not Enter a Court in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
As New South Wales continues to adjust to the changing nature of the pandemic, new health and safety protocols will be in place in Local Courts until at least 9 May 2022 under the Court Security Act 2005.  The legislation...

Vaccine Mandates for School Teachers Are Unlawful, Human Rights Commission Asserts

by Sonia Hickey
Although the pandemic panic has subsided somewhat, case numbers remain high and “no jab, no job” vaccination mandates remain in place for millions of workers across Australia.  In some cases the definition of being ‘fully vaccinated’ – which once meant...

Local Councils to be Made Accountable for Unnecessarily Killing Animals

by Sonia Hickey
New legislation aimed at savings the lives of animals in shelters has passed in New South Wales.  The Companion Animals Amendment (Rehoming Animals) Bill, which was introduced by Animal Justice Party MLC Emma Hurst late last year, has now passed...

COVID-19 Vaccines: Government Raises the Bar Yet Again

by Sonia Hickey
The Federal Government has released a new definition for what it means to be ‘fully vaccinated’ against Covid-19.  For Australians to be considered ‘fully vaccinated,’ they now need to have had three shots – the ‘double-dose’ of the vaccination, as...

COVID Positive Inmates Try to Avoid Detection, as Hundreds Infected Inside

by Paul Gregoire
According to Justice Action coordinator Brett Collins, the system Corrective Services NSW is employing in dealing with COVID-19 cases within the state’s prison system is leading to a number of prisoners, who believe they’ve contracted the virus, to avoid the testing...

Only Fully Vaccinated Participants Can Attend Supreme Court Trials

by Sonia Hickey
The Supreme Court of NSW has recently put in place a number of protocols in relation to criminal proceedings.  The new measures are intended to protect the health and safety of courthouse workers, as well as legal teams, witnesses, the...

Brad Hazzard Launches Another “Humiliating” Verbal Attack on a Female Colleague

by Sonia Hickey
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard has once again launched an unwarranted verbal attack against a female colleague.  The incident occurred earlier this month during a meeting of the Covid and economic recovery committee, when cabinet ministers were discussing...
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