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Federal Government’s Rights-Erasing Law Bonanza


The 46th Parliament of Australia opened on 2 July to finance minister Mathias Cormann waving about the Tax Relief So Working Australians Keep More of Their Money Bill. One might be forgiven for translating the legislation’s title to “progressively robbing the poor to give to the rich”. As the Grattan Institute analysis puts it, while …
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The Offence of Armed Robbery in NSW


Between 1982 and 1987, Ian Robert Steele carried out 30 armed robberies in NSW. Known as “The Rabbit”, the career criminal was notorious for hiding his identity via the wearing of a disguise or the dying of his hair, as he carried out hold-ups at banks, service stations and betting agencies. Mr Steele was sentenced …
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UN to Inspect Australian Prisons


United Nations Inspectors will have ‘unfettered access’ to Australian-run detention centres when they visit Australia in the coming months. It will be the first time inspectors have visited Australia. Such routine visits are one of the obligations of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment …
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Indigenous Deaths In Custody – Will We Ever See Real Change?


As another inquest into the death of an Aboriginal woman in custody concludes that a series of failures by police caused her death, the question on many lips is: will we ever see real change? Wiradjuri woman Rebecca Maher died in custody in the cells of the Maitland police station in July 2016. She had …
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Sydney Criminal Lawyer Charged With Assisting Extreme-Risk Inmate Run Drugs


Sydney solicitor Martin Churchill is being held on remand for his alleged involvement in a drug supply syndicate that his client former Brothers 4 Life leader Bassam Hamzy was running out of his cell at Goulburn Supermax prison. Police raided 62-year-old Churchill’s Glebe home on 3 July. It’s alleged the lawyer was using his confidential …
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Google in Hot Water for Failing to Remove Defamatory Reviews


On Thursday, 4th July 2019, the Supreme Court of New South Wales granted an urgent injunction to a Sydney business owner who sought the removal of defamatory reviews posted on his Google business page. The application followed the man’s repeated requests for the search engine juggernaut to remove the reviews, which he said were untrue …
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Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 1 to 7 July 2019


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: The Offence of Police Pursuit in New South Wales A man is facing court after allegedly ramming a police car and injuring officers during a pursuit on the Central Coast. Click here to read the article Press Stands United Against …
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Taking to the Streets in Protest? Know Your Rights Beforehand


The mid-April climate emergency protests in London shut down parts of the city for over a week. Instigated by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement, these acts of nonviolent civil disobedience led to the arrests of over 1,000 protesters. And local police had to admit they didn’t know how to cope. XR is a growing global …
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Section 32 Mental Health Applications in New South Wales


A former partner of accounting firm KPMG has faced Manly Local Court after admitting using a corkscrew to threaten a Liberal party campaigner, punching him in the stomach while holding the object, calling him a “paedophile supporter” and tearing down election posters for Tony Abbott in the lead-up to the federal election. The lawyers for …
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Morrison Moves to Silence Trade Unions


The Liberal Nationals government delivered on prime minister Scott Morrison’s post-election promise to crack down on trade unions, when it reintroduced the Ensuring Integrity Bill into the lower house of parliament on Thursday. Having stalled last year with a lack of crossbench support in the Senate, after its initial introduction in 2017, the Ensuring Integrity …