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The Offence of Consorting in New South Wales

by Paul Gregoire
In the nation’s capital territory, motorcycle club-related crime is reportedly on the rise. Recent incidents have included a large brawl in a bar between rival club members, a targeted shooting and the fire-bombing of a house. In response, ACT attorney...

A Legal App for International Students: An Interview With RLC Solicitor Sean Stimson

by Paul Gregoire
Relocating to another country is no walk in the park, especially when the local language is not your mother tongue. And for the ever-increasing numbers of international students coming to Australia, they have to contend with learning to navigate local...

Another NSW Police Officer Faces Court Over Assault Charges

by Sonia Hickey
Another senior NSW police officer is facing court accused of multiple assault offences while on duty. He has been charged with two counts of common assault and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, in relation to an incident which...

People in High Places are Calling for Drug Decriminalisation

by Paul Gregoire
The global system of drug prohibition began in the early 20th century. Since then, a series of international drug control conventions have been established, ostensibly on the basis of trying to reduce the harms that certain drugs cause in the...

When the Rivers Run Dry: An Interview With Bourke Water Activist Fleur Thompson

by Paul Gregoire
Scotdesco is a remote Aboriginal community on the edge of the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia that ran out of water last week. And despite the community having called on the state government back in April for help regarding their...

Mass Climate Refugees on the Horizon: An Interview With Dr Ian M McGregor

by Paul Gregoire
An open letter declaring that “planet Earth is facing a climate emergency” –  co-signed by 11,000 scientists – was published on Tuesday. It asserts that despite the science being in on climate for 40 years, greenhouse gas emissions continue to...

“Don’t Take Advantage of Our System”: Racist Traffic Cops Lay Bare NSW Police Culture

by Paul Gregoire
Recently released footage shows NSW police officers driving around metropolitan Sydney, pulling people over a young woman and confronting her in such a manner that one would think she’d committed a heinous crime, rather than some minor traffic offences that...

Top 20 Legal Aid Fee Earning Law Firms in NSW

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Private law firms play an important role in assisting those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to access the family law and criminal justice systems, by undertaking work for free or at a reduced rate under programs such as the Law Society’s...

Morrison Intensifies Campaign to Silence Australians

by Paul Gregoire
“Apocalyptic in tone. It brooks no compromise. It’s all or nothing. Alternative views are not permitted.” One could be forgiven for thinking these statements were a description of Scott Morrison’s religious beliefs, if they weren’t actually his own words. As...

NSW Police Watchdog: No Teeth and Underfunded

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The NSW Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (or LECC) is already considered to be a largely ineffective police watchdog, without sufficient funds or human resources to investigate complaints. The body has no power to discipline officers, and can only recommend that...
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