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Federal Labor Commits to War Powers Inquiry: An Interview With AWPR’s Dr Alison Broinowski

by Paul Gregoire
The release of the Brereton report shocked the nation. The investigation uncovered alleged war crimes perpetrated by Australian SAS troops in Afghanistan, of which 39 were recommended for possible prosecution. The inquiry also exposed the “warrior culture” operating within special...

First Nations Deaths in Custody Must be Independently Investigated: An Interview With David Shoebridge

by Paul Gregoire
The 15th of April was a sombre day this year, as it marked 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handed down a set of comprehensive recommendations designed to bring a halt to Indigenous fatalities under...

George Floyd’s Killer Found Guilty of Murder

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
George Floyd’s death sparked global riots against police brutality and racial injustice. Now the police officer who knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes while he was handcuffed and on the ground has been found guilty. It’s an...

Holgate’s Demonisation Was Due to Her Resistance to Privatisation, Not Watches

by Paul Gregoire
Continuing their get-rich-quick-and-damn-the-future approach to governance, Morrison and Co have been considering selling off Australia Post. And it appears that the PM’s shaming of former CEO Christine Holgate over Cartier watches may have actually been about her resistance to privatisation....

Light Up This 420 as the Edifice of Global Cannabis Prohibition Continues to Crumble

by Paul Gregoire
Today, 20 April, is 420: a global day when cannabis legalisation advocates mobilise against the ongoing prohibition of the herb. Although, these days, the number of jurisdictions around the planet where this action still holds relevance is dwindling. Pot, weed,...

NSW Police Stations to Get Specialist Domestic Violence Workers

by Sonia Hickey
Specialists in domestic violence offences will be onsite at a handful of New South Wales Police Stations under a new trial, recommended by the Domestic Violence Death Review Team (DVDRT). This DVDRT is an expert group set up to examine...

Victoria Gives Overseas Arrivals the Right to Appeal Hotel Quarantine

by Sonia Hickey
The Victorian government is in the process of recruiting a team of experienced lawyers who will act as ‘detention review officers’, assessing applications for anyone wishing to avoid hotel quarantine. Under revised legislation, the Secretary of the Health Department must...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 12 to 18 April 2021

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Can I Have My Criminal Charges Dismissed Due to Mental Health? Section 14 Orders in NSW A summary of the law relating to mental health...

Aim to Establish First Nations Political Party, as Still No Justice Thirty Years On

by Paul Gregoire
“It’s certainly what’s being called for in Meanjin,” said Dr Chelsea Watego, in response to a question put regarding getting rid of prisons and investing in community-based justice solutions. “Sister Ruby talks about justice not being about putting them in...

The Unholy Alliance Between Latham and Berejiklian Endangers Our Diverse Society

by Paul Gregoire
NSW One Nation Leader Mark Latham’s 8 May 2019 maiden speech in the NSW Legislative Council begins fairly innocuously. He rattles off the usual belief in “a fair go”, acknowledges the value the upper house has in state parliament, and...
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