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Paltry ‘JobSeeker Raise’ Will Not Increase Employment or Help the Economy

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison did what many Australians have been wanting him to do for some time – announce a permanent raise in the rate for the JobSeeker allowance. The bad news is that Jobseeker (formerly Newstart,...

Robodebt Class Action is Coming

by Sonia Hickey
Centrelink will be contacting hundreds of thousands of Australians in the coming weeks to notify them that they could be part of a Robodebt class action lawsuit against the federal government. About 13,000 people have already signed up to the...

Calls for Social Security Payments to be Permanently Increased

by Sonia Hickey
Sadly, for Australians living on the meagre $280 per week that was Newstart (recently rebranded to Job-seeker), it took a global pandemic for the Federal Government to implement a much-needed increase in the weekly payment. But it doesn’t look like...

What are the Mental Elements for Criminal Code Act Offences?

by Ugur Nedim
There are hundreds of Commonwealth Acts which contain criminal offences, perhaps the most notable of which is the Criminal Code Act 1995 (‘the Act’) – the stated purpose of which is ‘to codify the general principles of criminal responsibility under...

Centrelink’s Flawed Robo-Debt System is Killing Our Most Vulnerable

by Sonia Hickey
The story of Devi Barker, one of Centrelink’s robo-debt victims has put the flawed Government automated debt-recovery system back into the spotlight. Her story is not dissimilar to thousands of other Australians in the same predicament: accused of racking up...

What is White Collar Crime?

by Dr Hadeel Al-Alosi
White-collar crime is not a new term. Edwin Sutherland, a North American criminologist, coined the term in 1949 to describe crimes committed by an individual, or groups of individuals, against a company or business. There have been calls for heavier...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter...

Centrelink to Amend its Flawed Debt Recovery Process

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
When Centrelink tweeted the Lifeline suicide helpline number in December, many began to realise the magnitude of the problems with the agency’s debt recovery initiative. Social media posts painted a concerning picture of an understaffed, under-resourced agency that could not...

Cases That Fall Under the Legal Definition of Fraud in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
Fraud offences are on the increase, according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR). Figures from July this year show that the crime rate for fraud has been steadily increasing over the previous two years, at a...

Recent Centrelink Fraud Cases

by Ugur Nedim
Fraudulently obtaining payments through Centrelink is a Commonwealth offence and can come with serious penalties. Like most other Commonwealth offences, all Centrelink fraud cases in Australia are prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP). Centrelink fraud can cover...
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