Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 14 to 20 February 2022

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

COVID-19 Vaccines: Government Raises the Bar Yet Again

First there were vaccination targets. Now, a person will only be considered ‘up to date’ if they have a ‘booster’ within 6 months of their second shot.

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Jarryd Hayne Wins Appeal

The former football star’s conviction has been quashed and a retrial ordered.

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World War Three, Anyone? Dutton, Beijing and the Ukraine Flashpoint

Defence Minister Dutton has upped his war rhetoric against China, as Moscow aligns itself with Beijing before a potential invasion of Ukraine.

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The “Lost Utilitarian Benefit” of a Rejected Guilty Plea Should Be Reflected in Sentence

The court found that the defendant must receive the full discount for his proposed guilty plea, despite the prosecution rejecting it.

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NSW Liberals Squander Public Money Via Financial Mismanagement and Vote-Buying

The auditor general has found that state treasury’s tricky accounting around a $2.4 billion debit will result in taxpayers having to pay $5.2 billion.

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“I’m Going to Be a Bulldozer”: Former NSW Magistrate Pat O’Shane Eyes Off Canberra

Trailblazing former NSW Magistrate Pat O’Shane is running for a seat in the Queensland parliament, with social justice and climate reform in her sights.

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Federal Government Seeks to Expand its “God-like” Immigration Powers

With an election looming, the Coalition is seeking to prove it’s the tougher party.

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Anglican Alumni Oppose the Religious Bill: An Interview With Ex-SCEGGS Student James Kong

Former students are concerned that future attempts to pass the shelved Religious Discrimination Bill will unfairly punish the vulnerable.

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Fuller’s Undisclosed Horse Dealings Jeopardise Racing NSW Role

The former top cop’s late disclosure of his interest in horse racing has raised concerns about his potential appointment to the board of Racing NSW.

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Home Affairs Erodes Oversight to Spying on Citizens, Warns NSWCCL

The new home affairs minister has taken over from where her predecessor left off.

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Morrison’s Australia Is a Far-Right Wonderland

The PM has consistently introduced laws and endorsed policies which align with the ideals of right-wing nationalism.

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Local Councils to be Made Accountable for Unnecessarily Killing Animals

A local council’s unnecessary killing of 16 dogs over ‘COVID concerns’ has led to laws designed to prevent such conduct.

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Should the Media be Allowed to Report on Criminal Cases Before They are Finalised?

Lawyers for the man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins are concerned the publicity will prevent their client from getting a fair trial.

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