Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 22 to 28 November 2021

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

The Offence of Providing False Documents or False or Misleading Information Relating to Non-Citizens

Former Federal MP Craig Thompson is facing court once again, this time charged over 130 allegedly fraudulent visa applications.

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The Offences of Child Grooming and Child Procuring in New South Wales

The upcoming trial of former New York socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has renewed interest in the laws relating to child grooming.

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Drug Lord’s Conviction for Murdering Meth Cook Overturned on Appeal

The murder convictions of a drug manufacturer and her associate were quashed after holes in the key witness’ evidence were identified.

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Palmer Champions His Own Freedoms, Not the Peoples: Morrison Instigated Mandates

While the billionaire claims to be the peoples’ champion, his actions suggest his concerns are solely for himself.

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Climate Activist Imprisoned Over Successful Blockading of Newcastle Coal Port

An activist has been sentenced to a year behind bars over the blockade.

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Bail Laws and the Presumption of Innocence in New South Wales

Populist calls for tougher bail laws are misleading and misinformed.

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“Strip Searches Were Never Meant to Be Routine”: RLC’s Sam Lee on the Splendour Class Action

A class action is being launched on behalf of Splendour in the Grass patrons who were allegedly illegally strip searched.

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Affirmative Sexual Consent Laws Passed in New South Wales

The new definition requires sexual participants to obtain positive consent both before and potentially during sexual encounters.

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The Climate Crisis Is an Extraordinary Emergency, XR Activist Jane Morton Argues in Court

Activists are raising the defence of extraordinary emergency to justify acts of civil disobedience.

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What is the Legal Defence of Honest Opinion in Defamation Cases?

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has been awarded $35,000 against a man who used “extravagant language” to describe him.

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Morrison Moves to Enshrine the Right to Be a Religious Bigot in Law

The PM continues in his crusade to make it legal for people of faith to discriminate against others.

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Queensland Businesses Vow Not to Discriminate Against the Unvaccinated

The ‘Open 4 Everyone’ Facebook group has quickly accumulated nearly 40,000 members.

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Chomsky Agrees With Keating and Toohey on the Fallacy of the China Threat

Australia continues to demonise and exaggerate the military threat posed by our biggest trading partner.

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PM Ignores Calls for a Federal ICAC, While Claiming to be a Champion of Freedom

Scott Morrison continues to renege on his election promise for a federal ICAC, and despite pushing vaccines now claims to be a champion of freedom.

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‘Silenced No More’: New Laws Prohibit the Silencing of Sexual Harassment

New laws introduced in California prevent non-disclosure agreements from covering allegations of sexual harassment.

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