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Fingerprint Evidence in Not Infallible


We previously reported on the problems with fingerprint evidence, including the lack of uniformity in matching techniques and the fact that a human’s interpretation is what ultimately determines whether there is a match. Since our article, additional research has been undertaken which further calls into question the reliability of latent fingerprint analysis. New Research The …
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A Right Now Politician: An Interview With the Australian Greens’ Matthew Thompson


In many ways, this coming federal election is an anomaly in its disconnect. According to the ABC’s Vote Compass, the number one issue that concerns Australian voters is the environment, which for the most part means climate change at present. However, the fractured government is made up of politicians that are completely deaf to the …
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Why the Greatest Medicinal Plant is Outlawed: An Interview With HEMP’s Dr John Jiggens


As Australian historian Dr John Jiggens puts it, cannabis is the “greatest herbal medicinal plant on the planet”. It can be used to treat more conditions than any other medicine. There’s no risk of overdose. And early last century, it was one of the most widely used medicines in the country. In 1925, the League …
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Don’t Believe Their Hype: The Coalition Has Blown Out the Economy


On 11 April, day one of the 2019 election campaign, a delusional Scott Morrison announced to the Australian public that a key reason it should consider re-electing the Coalition into government on 18 May is its economic management credentials. Indeed, as he held a lump of coal in one hand, and raised the other towards …
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Australian Police Don’t Take Hate Crime Seriously


It has been reported that of the thousands of hate crimes recorded in police statistics across the nation each year, only a very small proportion are ever prosecuted. Recent findings Data released by Victoria Police suggests that, on average, three hate crime offences occur in that state every day. Over the past four years, Victorian …
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Dismissal of NSW Police Officer for Suspected Cocaine Use Was Unlawful


The NSW Police Force has lost an unfair dismissal case in the state’s Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), after it was found that an allegation of cocaine use is not sufficient to terminate an officer’s employment. Background The officer was dismissed from the force after an internal police investigation concluded that he had likely consumed cocaine …
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Police Raid on Nimbin Hemp Embassy: Little More Than a Show of Strength


Stores in California will open at 2am AEST tomorrow morning. And some of the shoppers living in the fifth largest economy in the world will buy legal cannabis to smoke. Meanwhile, there will be other Californians at home, tending to the six cannabis plants they’re permitted to grow. While on 3 May, in Canberra, politicians …
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Renewed Calls for the Decriminalisation of Minor Offences


The Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) has heard that the increasing number of people criminalised as a result of poverty and abuse is one of the most significant problems facing the State’s prison system. The QPC was tasked last year with undertaking an inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism in the state, and has since recommended a …
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The Continuing Violation of the Rights of Future Generations


The twentieth century has been described as the century of war. Those years saw more than 170 million people killed by government, with 10 million lost in the Great War and 50 million during World War Two. Although, somewhat paradoxically, it could also be dubbed the century of rights. The UN adopted the International Bill …
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Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 29 April to 5 May 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: The Law on Making a False Declaration Former One Nation Senator Rod Culleton has been referred to police over allegations he made a false declaration on his nomination in the upcoming federal election. Click here to read the article The …