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The Offence of Failing to Vote in an Australian Federal Election

by Sonia Hickey
Unless you have been living under a rock over the past several weeks, you’ll know that the Federal Election 2022 is being held nationally tomorrow.   The offence of failing to vote in an Australian federal election Voting is compulsory...

ATO Investigates 40,000 Aussies Over Alleged Tax Fraud Scheme

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The ATO has more than 40,000 Australians in its sights, as it begins investigating what it says is a fraudulent scheme that’s cost the community around $850 million.  Individuals warned they are responsible for their conduct The scheme, promoted through...

SAS Soldier Allegedly Lies to Cover-Up for Ben Roberts-Smith

by Sonia Hickey
A former Australian Special Air Service (SAS) soldier who testified for Ben Roberts-Smith during his defamation case has been charged with obstructing, hindering, intimidating or resisting a Commonwealth official, as well as causing harm to a Commonwealth public official.  The...

The Offence of Providing False Documents or False or Misleading Information Relating to Non-Citizens

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Former Federal Labor MP Craig Thomson has been charged over an alleged fraudulent visa scheme worth millions of dollars. The charges follow a joint investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australia Border Force (ABF), Australian Taxation Office (ATO), AUSTRAC...

What is a ‘Conspiracy’ in the Commonwealth Criminal Law?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Sydney man accused of serious drug offences is on the run from the police after allegedly disabling his ankle monitor while on bail. Northern Beaches restauranter Mostafa Baluch is alleged to have financed a major cocaine importation syndicate. He...

What is a Recognizance Release Order?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A former teacher at one of Sydney’s most elite private schools has been sentenced in court for sending sexual messages to a person he believed was a 13-year old girl. While 40-year Alexander Simpson didn’t know it at the time,...

Fortress Australia Now Includes the Turning Back of Citizens as Illegal Flight Entries

by Paul Gregoire
Nations globally have closed borders with India due to the intensity of the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping the country. However, Australia stands alone in the extreme ban it’s implemented, as not only has it blocked entry to noncitizens, but...

The Offence of Using a Phone or Internet Service to Make a Threat in Australia

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A controversial plan to build a restaurant and bar on the sand at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach has attracted it’s fair share of criticism since the plan was first revealed last year. New South Wales Planning Minister Rob Stokes has...

The Offence of Contravening a Human Biosecurity Emergency Requirement or Direction

by Ugur Nedim
Since COVID-19 landed on our shores in early 2020, a range of orders and determinations have been issued by state, territory and federal governments which regulate Australian residents, ostensibly to limit the spread of the virus. In New South Wales,...

Government Criminalises Aussies Who Use Travel Bubble as a Stepping Stone

by Ugur Nedim
The Australia / New Zealand bilateral ‘travel bubble’ came into effect on 19 April 2021, enabling Australian residents to travel across the Tasman without having to obtain authorisation from the Australian government. But in a pre-emptive move to prevent citizens...
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