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The Proposed Federal Offence of Sharing Deepfake Adult Porn in Australia

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Federal attorney general Mark Dreyfus has introduced legislation that proposes new criminal offences to prevent the sharing of nonconsensual sexually explicit material online, including deepfakes, and making these offences consistent across the nation. Indeed, it’s the images created by artificial...

What is an Indictable Offence in New South Wales?

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By Emma Starr and Ugur Nedim An indictable offence is one which can be committed (or referred) to a higher court such as the District or Supreme Court, rather than remain and be finalised in the Local Court. These offences...

Theo Speaks: Pro-Palestinian Citizen Threatened With Bomb Pushes for Terrorism Charges

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Imagine walking out to your driveway and finding a homemade bomb sitting on the bonnet of your car. The explosive device is made of a jerry can, partially filled with petrol, with a rag hanging out. Bolts are strapped to...

Terrorist Act Against Pro-Palestinian Not Regarded as Terrorism at All

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A resident of Botany and his partner came across a do-it-yourself bomb sitting atop the bonnet of his ute parked in his driveway, near the Palestinian flag he’d erected by his letterbox, along with a message board expressing his dismay...

Returned ‘ISIS Wife’ Pleads Guilty to Entering and Remaining in a ‘Declared Land’

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A New South Wales woman has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced for willingly entering and staying in Syria to be with her husband, who is accused of being a member of the declared terrorist organisation Islamic State. Australian citizen...

Is Doxxing a Criminal Offence In Australia?

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The Albanese government is  proposing a new criminal offences for ‘doxxing’, after chat logs of a pro-Israeli WhatsApp group in Australia were released online last week. The details were leaked by pro-Palestinian activists who were documenting the involvement of prominent...

Is Entrapment a Defence to Criminal Charges in Australia?

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The Guardian Australia recently reported a shocking case whereby counter-terrorism police encouraged an autistic 13-year-old boy in Victoria to engage in terrorism offences he would unlikely have otherwise committed. The revelations came to light in the wake of a Victorian...

Is Vaping a Criminal Offence in New South Wales?

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Australian laws that apply to e-cigarettes, commonly known as ‘vapes’, have undergone significant change in recent times, leaving users understandably confused about whether their favourite habit is still legal in the country. And while it’s true the regulation of vapes...

Criminal Offences Relating to Terrorist Organisations, Declared Areas and Foreign Fighting

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Federal Attorney- General Mark Dreyfus informed the public during a press conference on 28 December 2023 that two Australian citizens were killed during an air strike in Southern Lebanon the previous night. The nation’s chief lawyer added that the listed...

The Criminal Offence of Threatening Serious Harm Over the Internet

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A United Staes man has been arrested in conjunction with the Wieambilla shootings last year, during which two police officers and four Queenslanders died.  Donald Day Jr was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Intelligence in Arizona on 1 December...
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