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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...

Former Journalist Charged with Terrorism Offences

by Sonia Hickey
A former journalist has been arrested and charged with planning a terrorist attack in Bundaberg, Queensland. James Waugh worked for local newspapers in the Canberra region and, in 2018, had access to the Federal Press Gallery at Parliament House. It’s...

Biggest Ever Anti Money Laundering Payout, But No Executives Criminally Prosecuted

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Banking giant Westpac admitted this week that it systematically contravened anti money laundering and counter terrorism financing laws, and has been ordered to pay a fine of $1.3 billion – which is the biggest in Australia’s history. But many are...

Three Charged Over Alleged COVID-19 Superannuation Scam

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Three women from Queensland have been charged after allegedly attempting to access other people’s superannuation. Police allege the women submitted false claims to gain early access to other people’s superannuation, and charged them with a range of offences including: Conspiring...

The Offence of Tax Fraud in Australia

by Ugur Nedim
A Sydney businessman has been sentenced to seven years and six months behind bars, with a minimum term of five years, for his role in one of Australia’s largest even tax fraud schemes. 37-year old Simon Anquetil is the founder...

Is Hate Speech a Crime in Australia?

by Ugur Nedim
The perceived tension between free speech and hate speech is a topic of significant controversy and heated debate. Whereas proponents of unfettered free speech argue that a tenet of a healthy, functioning democracy is the freedom to express oneself however...

Australian ‘Church’ Fined for Selling Bleach as a Coronavirus Cure

by Sonia Hickey
If you thought Donald Trump spouting the potential health benefits of disinfectant to cure the coronavirus was ridiculous, a church in Australia has just been fined more than $150,000 for selling a concoction called Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). In a...

Sydney Man Sent to Prison for Child Sexual Offences

by Sonia Hickey
“Police don’t have the tools or the power to catch people like me,” Kurtis Whaley boasted to a friend of one of his victims shortly before he was arrested at Sydney Airport in February 2019. In January 2020, the 24-year...
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