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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...

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...

Government Promises Not to Abuse its New Powers

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Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter is adamant that neither the current nor any future government would ever use the proposed expanded Defence Act powers to call on the defence force for domestic purposes. The Defence Amendment (Call out of the Australian...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter...

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

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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...

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...

Prison Riots Over Smoking Ban in Victoria

In February, we wrote about the upcoming ban on smoking in NSW prisons which is scheduled to take place on August 10. But just days ago, a smoking ban was implemented in Victorian prisons. Many social commentators predicted that unrest...

The Right to Protest: A Thing of the Past

Protesting has long been a way for people to publicly express their views and demonstrate their grievances. It has achieved a great deal since the late 1800s; from workers rights to female suffrage, and from civil rights to environmental protections....
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