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Double Demerits Over the Easter Long Weekend


Double-demerit points are in in force for an extended period this Easter, to include the Anzac Day holiday. Double-demerits start today and run until April 22, then start again on April 24, and run through until April 28. The double demerit points period applies from 12am today until midnight, meaning there will be a total …

On Legalising and Regulating Cocaine: An Interview With Dr Julian Buchanan


The NSW police drug detection dog program has been widely criticised, as it gets it wrong between two-thirds to three-quarters of the time. And the 2006 Ombudsman report pointed out that when searches are successful, most only turn up small amounts of cannabis. In 2013, a passenger disembarking at Sydney’s Redfern Station was six and …

Sydney Man Accused of Procuring Children for Unlawful Sexual Activity


It has been reported that a 46-year old man was arrested and charged with three counts of procuring a child after allegedly approaching several kids at Jarvie Park in Marrickville yesterday and encouraging them to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Police allege the man was also charged with offensive conduct and stalking / intimidating over …

Morrison Targets Animal Rights Activists, While Nazis Go Unhindered


A vegan rally against the society-wide exploitation of animals took place in Melbourne’s CBD on 8 April. And it captured the essence of what a protest is supposed to be about. It was unannounced. It surprised people. It caused delays and inconvenience. And thus, it got its message across. The close to one hundred peaceful …

Men Impersonate Police to Rob Currency Exchange


It has been reported that two men remain at large after pretending to be police officers in order to rob a currency exchange store in north-western Sydney. The men – dressed in black suits, black ties and sunglasses – allegedly entered the Eastwood store at around 1.20pm on Sunday before announcing to a 54-year old …

Another Catholic Priest Charged with Child Sexual Offences


It has been reported that a Catholic priest has been charged with nine offences involving sexual and indecent acts against five children aged between 12 and 15 when he was a band teacher, rugby coach and manager of a dormitory at a Southern Highlands boarding school in the 1980s. Police arrested 77-year old Father Anthony …

Scott Morrison: The Dumbing Down of Kirribilli


Unelected prime minister Scott Morrison announced last Thursday that the next federal election will take place on 18 May. And if the Coalition’s 52nd consecutive Newspoll loss on Sunday is anything to go by, it’ll be his last big announcement in the position he’s been busily sabotaging. During his speech, the PM mentioned his government’s …

Suspected Misconduct by Juror Triggers Investigation


The Full Bench the New South Wales Court of Appeal has ordered an investigation into allegations that a juror in a sexual assault trial published a Facebook post calling for ‘sex predators’ to be ‘put down like dogs’, just a day before returning a verdict of guilty. The trial The defendant stood trial in Broken …

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 8 to 14 April 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Should University Cheats Face Prison Time? The education minister has proposed criminalising students who submit essays and assignments written by others, and the businesses that provide these services. Click here to read the article From Decriminalising to Legalising Cannabis: An …

Protecting the Sacred: An Interview With the Djab Wurrung Embassy’s Zellanach Djab Mara


VicRoads and Major Road Projects Victoria have plans to construct a four lane strip of highway between the towns of Ararat and Buangor in southwestern Victoria, as part of its $672 million Western Highway duplication project. This basically means that the Andrews government proposes to build this part of the road next to a pre-existing …