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The Law, Defences and Penalties for the Public Order Offence of Riot in NSW

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Three people have now been charged over the aftermath of a stabbing of a Bishop at the Christ the Good Shepherd church in Wakeley in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. The stabbing A 16 year old who is reported to have been...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Affray in New South Wales

New South Wales Police are appealing for the public’s help to identify and locate a man they believe may be able to assist in their investigations into a brawl that occurred at a Western Sydney hotel last year. According to...

Bungled Unwarranted Police Stakeout Results in Premature Raid, Says Climate Arrestee Nick Weaver

Last Sunday morning at around 8:30 am, two NSW police officers dressed in camouflage were surveilling a group of climate defenders from some bushes on a property in the town of Colo, northwest of Sydney, when they were spotted by some...

Police Continue to Use Consorting Laws to Target the Most Vulnerable, Watchdog Finds

If a NSW police officer officially warns a civilian over the age of 14 to stop communicating with at least two convicted criminals, and the individual continues to interact with at least two of the cited past offenders on at...

The Offence of Wounding or Causing Grievous Bodily Harm With Intent in NSW

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Since 2007, all New South Wales venues have been ‘smoke free’ except for designated smoking areas, and any individual who doesn’t abide by the rules can be fined $300. Altercation over smoking According to reports, a  group of five men...

The Great Aussie Shit Fight Over Toilet Paper

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At first, it was mildly humorous to see people stocking up on toilet paper. And to see the various memes floating around the internet taking the mickey out of the latest Australian shopping craze, showing innovative solutions, like toilets hooked...

Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities in Public Places

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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will soon be in full swing, with glitter, tassels and jockstraps flying off shelves like hotcakes as revellers gear up for the fabulous Oxford Street parade on the 29th of February. As with...

The Offence of Consorting in New South Wales

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...

Sparked by the Cronulla Riots: NSW Police Emergency Public Disorder Powers

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Groups of young Anglo Australians began congregating along southern Sydney’s North Cronulla Beach at around 8 am on Sunday, 11 December 2005. Drinking heavily, cooking barbeques and draped in Union Jacks, the crowd had grown to around 5,000 strong by...

Acting in defence of another person. What does the law say?

Imagine this. Your teenage daughter is at the shopping mall with friends after school. She calls to tell you she is being beaten up. By a grown woman. As the story unfolds, you find out that she and another girl...
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