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Penalties for Commonwealth Offences

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 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...

The Offence of Human Trafficking in Australia

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
In January this year, a 29-year old Australian from Lidcombe in Sydney became the first person to be convicted of human trafficking by coercing a person to leave Australia. It has been reported the man – whose name has been...

Sydney Man Charged with Slavery Offences

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Sydney man has faced court over charges of possessing a slave, reducing a person to slavery and causing a person to enter into or remain in servitude. The offences are alleged to have occurred between June 2013 and July...

What is a Control Order Under the Criminal Code Act 1995?

by Sonia Hickey
A Sydney man has been arrested and charged with three counts of contravening a control order issued by the Federal Court of Australia. 25-year old Radwan Dakkak pleaded guilty in December 2020 to two counts of associating with a terrorist...

What are ‘Darknet Markets’?

by Sonia Hickey
An Australian man stand accused of being the mastermind behind the darknet’s biggest marketplace. The site, known as ‘DarkMarket’, has already been shut down, but police allege the website had been used to facilitate the purchase and supply of prohibited...

Donald Trump Permanently Suspended from Twitter

by Sonia Hickey
Scenes of the mob attack on US Congress earlier this week shocked the world. Five people have died as a result of Trump supporters breaking into the US Capitol Building last week disrupting the certification of Joe Biden as the...

The Offence of Conspiracy to Defraud the Commonwealth

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
It’s a trial with all the hallmarks of a great blockbuster movie. Two siblings, Adam and Lauren Cranston, whose father is the former deputy commissioner of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), along with lawyer Dev Menon and referrer Jay Onley,...

Australia Must Take Action Against Alleged War Criminals

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Only days after the release of the Brereton Report into alleged war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan, a sickening photo has emerged of an Australian soldier drinking from a prosthetic leg, believed to have come from a...
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