Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 1 to 7 October 2018

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In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles:

Should ‘Dowry Abuse’ be Criminalised?

There are moves to criminalise the act of pressuring a fiancé to have her family provide gifts to support a marriage.

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Getting Tough on Hate Speech: Section 93Z of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)

The NSW government has criminalised the act of publicly threatening or inciting violence on grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex or HIV/AIDS status.

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Tasmania to Enact Anti-Consorting Laws

The southern state is seeking to enact authoritarian laws which dictate who people can associate with.

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Pope Defrocks Priest who Sexually Abused Children

Pope Francis has defrocked a priest convicted of sexually assaulting children and sought resignations from 30 other members of the clergy.

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Calls for Tougher Laws Against Industrial Manslaughter

There are calls for strengthened and consistent laws to criminalise acts and omissions by employers which lead to the deaths of employees in Australia.

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Your Domestic Violence Leave Entitlements

Certain Australian employees are now entitled to five days of unpaid domestic violence leave.

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Justice Requires Consistency in Punishment

The appeals court found there was no reason why the offender should spend a year more in prison than his co-accused.

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Can an Employee be Terminated for Criminal Conduct Outside Work?

The legal aid lawyer was dismissed after being found guilty of a criminal offence.

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What is the Law on Defamation in NSW?

Defamation can attract both civil and criminal liability in New South Wales.

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Defamation Laws Restrict Public Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

A prominent journalist has criticised Australian defamation laws for stifling the local #metoo movement.

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Despite Fatalities, NSW Police Increase the Use of Lethal Pursuits

Police have vowed to ramp up the use of pursuits for minor offences, despite a police car recently crashing into an innocent woman’s vehicle and inflicting grievous injuries while chasing a driver for illegal mobile phone use.

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How Do Red Light Cameras Work?

Red light cameras are supposed to promote safety, but they don’t always work and some of their locations suggest they may be more about revenue raising.

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Is Hazing a Criminal Offence?

A recent report found that humiliating students as part of an initiation process is alive and well in Australia.

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NSW Police Force Doubles Strip Searches

NSW police have nearly doubled the number of strip searches undertaken after positive indications by sniffer dogs.

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Julian Burnside Backs Greens’ Benedict Coyne in Bid to Oust Dutton

Prominent human rights barrister Julian Burnside has thrown his support behind Greens candidate Benedict Coyne’s bid to oust Peter Dutton from the marginal seat of Dickson.

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