Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 28 January to 3 February 2019

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

Saving Aboriginal Mothers From Prison: An Interview With Free the People’s Debbie Kilroy

The Free the People campaign is raising money to pay off the fines of single Aboriginal mothers in Western Australia, where people can be sent to prison for having debts.

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Sentence Reduced as Judge Got the Maximum Penalty Wrong

A drug supplier had his sentence reduced when the appeal court found the wrong maximum penalty was used to calculate the time in prison for supplying cannabis.

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QVB Rough Sleepers’ Camp Shines a Light on Sydney’s Homeless Crisis

The dismantling of camps is no solution to Sydney’s growing homelessness crisis.

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Watchdogs Under Fire for Accepting Gifts

Senior staff members from the ASIC and ACCC have been accused of failing to declare gifts received from the very businesses they’re supposed to be regulating.

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NSW Jury Duty: What to Expect if Called Up

A rundown of the jury’s role in NSW, what they can and can’t do, the rules about exemptions and exclusions, and some of the more bizarre excuses given to get out of jury duty.

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Government Continues Festival Crackdown and Ignores Pill Testing

Premier Berejiklian claims her new licensing scheme will make music festivals safer, but many believe she has her head in the sand.

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Beyond Pill Testing: Calls to Legalise and Regulate MDMA

Prominent doctors and politicians are calling for the legalisation of ‘ecstacy’, to minimise the potential for harm.

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Should Prisoners be Paid to Solve Crimes?

The South Australian Government has reported success in solving cold cases through providing financial incentives to prison inmates.

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Ending Apartheid in Palestine: An Interview With BDS Australia’s Hilmi Dabbagh

A coalition of organisations in Australia and abroad is “challenging international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism”.

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Getting Honest About MDMA: An Interview With NSW Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann

NSW Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann publicly admitted her past use of MDMA in an attempt to bring some honesty and truth to the debate about pill testing and the drug itself.

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Police Can Now Issue On-the-Spot Fines for Drug Possession

NSW police officers have been empowered to issue fines for certain drug possession offences.

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Acting in defence of another person. What does the law say?

Your teen calls you for help, saying she’s being beaten up by an adult. What would you do?

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