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COVID-19 Rules: Unfairness is Leading to Business Closures

by Sonia Hickey
As the nation reopens now that the immediate threat presented by COVID-19 has passed, most Australian businesses are finding themselves faced with a list of new rules and regulations they must comply with in order to minimise public transmission of...

New South Wales Opens the Nation’s Largest Prison

by Paul Gregoire
The largest prison in Australia was opened last week. Set amongst rural plains in the Lavadia region – 12.5 kilometres southeast of the northern NSW town of Grafton – the Clarence Correctional Centre will eventually allow the state to incarcerate...

Organisers Declare Sunday’s Black Deaths in Custody Rally Will Go Ahead

by Paul Gregoire
This Sunday’s Stop Black Deaths in Custody-Black Lives Matter rally will go ahead, organisers announced on Tuesday afternoon. The Warrang-Sydney event will have an emphasis on being COVID-19 compliant, as well as keeping it peaceful. Hosted by Justice for David...

NSW Police Officers Are Required to Meet Quotas

by Sonia Hickey
New South Wales Police Chief Mick Fuller has wasted no time in justifying his new annual salary, setting a goal for his force of officers to ‘detect’ almost 300,000 crimes across the state this year. The targets, obtained under freedom...

What is the Meaning of Consent in Sexual Assault Cases?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A former NSW Police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a colleague while he was in uniform. A District Court jury has heard that 44-year old Kristian Dieter Glaser was either on duty or had just finished work when...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 22 to 28 June 2020

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: The Law, Defences and Penalties For High Range Drink Driving In New South Wales A man is accused of driving his four-year old son while...

Lawyer Secretly Prosecuted for Exposing Crimes of Australian Government

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A decision in the ACT Supreme Court today (which was also a closed hearing) means that part of the trial of Former ACT Attorney-General Bernard Collaery will take place in secret. Mr Collaery and his former client, Witness K, a...

The “Protection” Era: A Settler Colonial System of Paternalistic Control

by Paul Gregoire
The response of the Morrison government to the recent nationwide Aboriginal deaths in custody demonstrations has been to announce that it will be adding a justice component to the Closing the Gap framework, to deal with the overrepresentation of First...

Freedom From Workplace Sexual Harassment “Is a Human Right”, Says Sydney Lawyer

by Paul Gregoire
A High Court-commissioned independent investigation into Dyson Heydon found that six former court staff members were sexually harassed by the former judge, who worked as a justice on the bench at Australia’s highest court for a decade ending in 2013....

Sydney Man Tasered in Face, as Australian Police Continue Assault on First Nations

by Paul Gregoire
Despite ongoing mass demonstrations calling for an end to police brutality towards First Nations people sweeping the country, state police officers are continuing to be caught on video perpetrating acts of extreme violence against Aboriginal civilians. Indeed, with the onset...
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