Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 19 to 25 October 2020

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

Parramatta Police Crack Down on ‘Anti Social Behaviour’

Police charged seven people after conducting 125 personal and vehicle searches, 1,220 breath tests and 24 drug tests during a weekend blitz in Western Sydney.

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Chomsky on the Plight of Assange: “The Complicity of Many Governments”

Renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky has described the “brutal persecution” of Julian Assange as an “international scandal”.

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Freedom of Information in NSW: The GIPA Laws

FOI laws seek “to maintain and advance a system of responsible and representative democratic government that is open, accountable, fair and effective”.

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Has Daniel Andrews Effectively Handled the COVID Situation?

Victorians are polarised over whether their premier has effectively balanced the interests of health, economics and civil liberties.

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The Incarcerated Trans and Gender Diverse Community Fund: A Chat With Witt Gorrie

The creators of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community Fund are overwhelmed by and grateful for the community’s support.

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Calls for a Murdoch Royal Commission: “A Cancer on Our Democracy”, Says Rudd

There are calls for a Royal Commission into the broad reach of, and disinformation emanating from, Murdoch-owned media in Australia.

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Boycott Israeli Apartheid: An Interview With BDS Australia’s Nasser Mashni

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement seeks to pressure Israel into doing away with its system of Apartheid.

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Running the PM Out of Brisbane: An Interview With Refugee Solidarity Meanjin

Refugee rights activists have escalated their campaign against indefinite detention.

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NSW Police Officer Found Guilty of Common Assault

CCTV footage shows the senior constable slamming the man’s head into a wall and his body into a door.

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The Law, Defences and Penalties for the Offence of Aggravated Sexual Assault in NSW

A man accused of committing a string of sexual assaults after meeting women on Tinder has been refused bail.

Morrison to Further Enhance Military Deployment Capabilities for “Civil Emergences”

The government has quietly introduced laws allowing defence reservists to be called out to domestic incidents.

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Don Dunstan: A Past Beacon of Light in a Barren Political Landscape

Reformist former South Australian premier Don Dunstan should be seen as a role model by our ineffective current members of parliament.

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Violence Against Protesters Was Unprovoked: An Interview With USYD Law Professor Simon Rice

Officers pushed the Law Professor to the ground, arrested, took him into custody and fined him because he was observing a protest at Sydney University.

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Freedom Protests or “Shameful” and “Selfish” Conduct? Police and Protesters Clash in Victoria

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has labelled the protests to end lockdowns as “shameful” and “selfish”.

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A “Shadow Pandemic”: COVID Leads to Rise in Domestic Violence Offences

Financial stress, anxiety and restrictions have contributed to a spike in domestic violence offences.

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