Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 4 to 10 May 2020

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

Former Border Force Boss Found to be Corrupt, But No Charges Will Be Laid

The watchdog found that the former chief of the Australian Border Force had acted corruptly, but criminal charges will not be brought against him.

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Former Mining Boss Heads Australia’s Economic Response to COVID-19

Before closing parliament, Scott Morrison created the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and appointed the former CEO of Fortescue Metals as its chief.

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NSW Police Are Fining Teens for Visiting Their Friends

“There is no way that 16 or 17-year-olds should be getting $1,000 fines… We asked the attorney general to address this, but he wouldn’t.”

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What is the Offence of Sextortion in New South Wales?

COVID-19 controls have led to a rise in sextortion and other intimate image-based offences.

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Criminal Charges Can be Thrown Out of Court if an Arrest is Unlawful

The appeals court determined that police officers must have a proper basis to make warrantless arrests.

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Calls for Social Security Payments to be Permanently Increased

There is a push for the COVID-19 increases in social security payments to be made permanent.

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Labor’s Home Affairs Spokesperson Stirs Up Xenophobia

Labor’s Kristina Keneally has suggested reducing immigration and ensuring that those who come here are of “the same composition” as the community.

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Most Aussies Wouldn’t Go to a Pub or Restaurant Right Now, Survey Finds

Less than half of those surveyed would be comfortable going to a pub or restaurant right now.

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Prisoners Lives Are Still at Risk: An Interview With Ex-Inmate Damien Linnane

The lack of measures taken to protect inmates from COVID-19 is making prisons a potential breeding ground for the virus.

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Immigration Centres Analogous to Cruise Ships: An Interview With Doctors For Refugees’ Dr Barri Phatarfod

Doctors for Refugees is calling for the urgent release of immigration detainees, with a view to protecting them as well as the broader community.

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COVID-19 Prison Lockdowns Lead to Riots

With inmates unable to see their families for months, and many afraid of a COVID-19 outbreak, tensions are running high in the prison system.

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Do Not Trust the PM’s Promises Regarding the COVID-19 Tracking Data

While Scott Morrison promised safe local storage and local sharing only of the COVID tracking data, he’s already made arrangements to share the information internationally.

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Mother Arrested While Protesting Her Rights

Footage of a mother being arrested and dragged away from her screaming son while protesting her rights has led to a public outcry.

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In West Papua, the Threat Is the Indonesian Military, Not the Virus

West Papuans are far more fearful of the Indonesian military than coronavirus.

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