Category: Public Order Offences

NSW Police Crackdown is Devastating the Nimbin Community


NSW police carried out a series of six raids in Nimbin and Lismore on June 28 last year. A total of eleven men between the ages of 21 and 35 were arrested and charged with supplying marijuana. These men are known locally as the Lane Boys, as they used to frequent Rainbow Lane. In early September last ...

Police Want Lockout Laws Across the State


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The NSW lockout laws were hailed a success at the end of last year, with data suggesting the clamp-down on bars and nightclubs has reduced violence in the city centre and Kings Cross precinct by as much as 40%. However, protests by affected businesses and an independent review led ...

NSW Court Rules that Identification Based Partly on a Media Report is Admissible


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A riot broke out in the Fowler Compound of Villawood Detention Centre on April 20, 2011. What initially began as a rooftop protest against conditions in the centre by a handful of detainees, soon escalated into a chaotic disturbance involving about 100 asylum seekers. Around 11 to 13 men climbed ...

Motorcycle Club Member in Court Over Brawl


A high-ranking motorcycle club member is facing court after a brawl at Wallsend in the Hunter Valley just before Christmas – and police are talking tough, promising to crackdown on club members in the region. Police attended the scene on December 9, where they say a group of men were fighting with weapons including a ...

Legalise It: An interview with Australian Hemp Party President Michael Balderstone


It’s been a big year for marijuana in Australia. In February, federal parliament passed the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 allowing for the legal cultivation, manufacture and distribution of medicinal cannabis. Under the new system – which came into effect on October 30 – businesses can apply for a licence to grow the plant for medicinal purposes. ...

Violence in Sport: What Does the Law Say?


It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a footy player being in the media spotlight for a criminal offence – whether ‘recreational’ drug use, a nightclub brawl, or even worse, domestic violence. Believe it or not, many footballers have even committed crimes in front of your very eyes! You may have even cheered ...

Brexit Vote Leads to Surge in Hate Crimes


Since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, police in London have made 75% more arrests for hate crimes. In weeks before and after the vote, the number of reported hate crimes has surged by 42 per cent – with 3076 incidents in the fortnight from June 16, an increase of 915 offences on the ...

Sydney Nightlife is Dead, and Queensland is Set to Follow


Queensland bars and clubs will be prohibited from selling shots and high alcohol content drinks after midnight, under new rules intended to curb alcohol-fuelled violence in that state. From 1st July, patrons will also be prevented from buying alcohol after 2am or 3am in ‘safe night’ precincts. A spokesman for Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has ...

Anti-Consorting Laws Coming to Canberra


Most Australian states and territories have passed laws which make it a crime to associate with anyone who has a criminal record. Now, the ACT looks set to follow NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria and South Australia in passing its version of ‘anti-consorting’ laws. The ACT government released its model for the proposed laws in ...

Friends with Someone who has a Record? There’s a Law Against That!


Recent figures reveal that NSW police have issued over 8,500 warnings and charged 54 people with ‘consorting’ over the past four years, renewing concerns that the laws unfairly target individuals for simply associating with those who have ‘done their time’ and want to get on with their lives. Controversial ‘anti-consorting’ laws came into effect in 2012 ...