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Truck Driver Found Not Guilty of Attempting to Possess 400kg of Unlawfully Imported Cocaine

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A truck driver accused of driving from Melbourne to Far North Queensland to collect 400 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $140 million has been found not guilty of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of unlawfully imported...

Is ‘Lolicon’ Manga and Anime Legal In Australia?

When do cartoons become so offensive the criminal law needs to step in? ‘Lolicon’ is a subgenre of Japanese manga and anime that some have argued constitutes child pornography, which is known as ‘child abuse material’ in New South Wales...

Does Logging into Another Person’s Social Media Account Amount to a Criminal Offence?

Whether you suspect your spouse of cheating or are just curious about what kinds of group chats your friends are in, it may be tempting to access someone’s social media account without them knowing. But “hacking” into another person’s social...

Should Those Involved in Tax Fraud Schemes be Sent to Prison?

Lauren Cranston will spend at least five years behind bars for her role in the hundred million dollar Plutus Payroll tax fraud scheme. The 30-year old is the daughter of Michael Cranston, a former deputy commissioner of the Australian Taxation...

Terrorism Offences: History, Motivations and Current Laws

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American Philosopher Michael Walzer opined in 2002 that, “Terrorism is the deliberate killing of innocent people, at random, to spread fear through a whole population and force the hand of its political leaders.”  And while his opinion is not consistent...

Man Charged with Death Threats Against Brittany Higgins

A lot has been said about the intense media coverage surrounding Brittany Higgins since she made allegations in 2021, that she was sexually assaulted in Parliament House in 2019. Man fights to redeem himself And the media scrutiny is not...

Espionage and Foreign Interference Offences in Australia

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On Saturday 15 April 2023, Bondi man Alexander Csergo appeared in Parramatta Local Court charged with one count of reckless foreign interference contrary to section 92.3 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. The allegation is that Ms Csergo had been...

Should Women Be Sent to Prison While Pregnant?

Back in 2018, a mainstream media organisation produced a news report about women who give birth in custody.  The two-minute video made the purpose-built facilities for mothers and their babies in New South Wales prisons seem like a compassionate solution...

The Criminal Offence of Human Trafficking

Right from under the noses of the British Home Office, hundreds of child refugees, seeking asylum in the United Kingdom, are being abducted and trafficked for all sorts of reasons. The British Home Office has been repeatedly cautioned by a...

Which Groups Does Australia List as ‘Terrorist Organisations’?

The Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) prescribes a range of offences relating to terrorists acts and associated conduct. A number of those offences relate to groups that are classified as ‘terrorist organisations’. Offences relating to terrorist organistions Offences that relate...
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