Category: Criminal Law

‘Game Changing’ Medicinal Cannabis Laws: An Interview with Labor MLC Adam Searle


An Australian politician has finally drafted a law which seeks to provide access to medicinal cannabis and is broad enough to get real product into the hands of patients who desperately need it. Leader of the NSW Opposition in the Legislative Council Adam Searle introduced the Medicinal Cannabis (Compassionate Access) Bill 2018 into the state’s upper ...

Woman Who Stabbed Boyfriend Avoids Prison


By Blake O’Connor An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a knife has avoided prison, after the judge found that imprisonment would damage her prospects of a medical career. The perceived leniency of the sentence has led to a public outcry, with critics suggesting the “white, female” student would have been sent to ...

Overrepresentation of Indigenous People with Disabilities in Prison


The Australian prison system is overflowing with inmates with mental and cognitive disabilities. It’s estimated that around 18 percent of the country’s population has such a disability, while close to 50 percent of the prison population does. And there’s an even greater overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disabilities behind bars. The nation’s ...

Turnbull Refuses to Rebuke Colleague for Posting Anti-Muslim Videos


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Malcolm Turnbull continues to refuse to rebuke Liberal Senator Jim Molan for posting two propaganda videos by the extreme right-wing anti-Muslim ‘Britain First’ on his Facebook page. The videos purport to depict Muslim men committing acts of violence on religious or moral grounds, but the credibility of those claims has ...

Iceland Set to Criminalise Male Circumcision


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes to make it a criminal offence punishable by up to six years in prison to circumcise, or arrange for the circumcision of, a boy for non-medical reasons. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis. ...

A Bill of Rights Would Protect All Freedoms, Not Just Religious Ones


Philip Ruddock’s Religious Freedom Review closed for submissions on February 14. And the review’s expert panel has decided not to publish the submissions it’s received, until it reports its findings to the prime minister on March 31. Malcolm Turnbull announced the review last November, in response to the concerns of his colleagues and “No” voters over same-sex marriage ...

Professor Sacked after Reporting that Alcohol is the Most Harmful Drug


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On October 29 2009, professor David Nutt was the chair of the UK government’s Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs. However, on the following day, he was promptly sacked after publishing a paper that assessed and compared the harms associated with legal and illegal drugs. In the Estimating Drug ...

Outrage Over French Sexual Assault Laws


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A number of recent ‘age of consent cases’ in France have triggered public outrage and drawn international criticism of the somewhat murky child sex laws the nation has in place. In response, the Macron government is currently drafting a bill aimed at addressing the issue, along with sexual harassment ...

Police Get Extra Powers and Courts Close for Commonwealth Games


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim It has been reported that case-activity at Queensland’s second busiest courthouse will be significantly reduced during the Commonwealth Games in April, due to traffic and congestion expected on the Gold Coast. Courtrooms shut down Between April 3 and 15, only two courts will operate from a total of ten ...

NSW Police to Target Potential ‘Lone-Wolf’ Terrorists


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A new unit of the NSW Police Force has been created which is ostensibly aimed at combating lone-wolf terrorism by closely monitoring ‘fixated persons’. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has told the media that the unit will focus on the intersection between ‘radicalisation’, mental illness and lone-wolf attacks. However, ...