Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 6 to 12 February 2023

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

The Criminal Offence of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is alive and well today, as evidenced by the prolific sexual exploitation of child asylum seekers right under the noses of British authorities.

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Thorpe Quits Greens to Represent Black Sovereignty Movement in Voice Debate

Senator Thorpe has resigned from the Greens to pursue what she believes is a movement more aligned with the interests of First Nations people.

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Australia Must Establish a National Register of Lawyers

The recent case of a young man who is alleged to have falsely presented himself as a lawyer highlights the need for a national register.

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How Can I Find Out if Someone is a Lawyer?

The case of a man marketed as a lawyer by his firm when he was allegedly not admitted has triggered calls for a national register of lawyers.

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The Offence of Inciting a Person to Sexually Touch Another Without Consent

Rugby union player Kurtley Beale is facing court over allegations of sexual offences at a Bondi pub late last year.

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The Offence of Involuntary Manslaughter Under New South Wales Law

Actor Alec Baldwin has been charged in the US with involuntary manslaughter over a shooting on-set. But what if he were tried here?

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Government Talks Loud But Does Little to Bring Julian Home

Our PM called for Assange’s release before coming into power, but seems to have changed his tune since securing the nation’s top job.

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Attempted Assassination of Queen Elizabeth II: Revenge Was the Motive

A British national’s attempt to assassinate the late Queen was in response to the massacre of 400 unarmed protesters against colonisation in India.

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What is A Voir Dire?

A voir dire is an outdated term that describes a hearing that takes place before or during a hearing or trial to decide a point of law.

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‘Sextortion’ is a Crime in New South Wales

‘Thea’ befriended Max and they shared intimate images. But Thea wasn’t who she made out to be, and sought to extort Max.

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Ecstacy and Magic Mushrooms to be Approved for Treatment

Authorised psychiatrists will soon be permitted to prescribe Psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression and MDMA for PTSD.

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“The Threat From China Is a Lie”: Peace Activist Nick Deane on the Build Up to War

Sydney peace activist Nick Deane identifies similarities between the war rhetoric regarding China and the leadup to the invasion of Iraq.

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Fresh Evidence Can Be Tendered on Appeal in Rare and Exceptional Cases

Fresh evidence may be admissible on appeal if the defendant was previously aware of it but did not understand its implications.

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Peter Hollingworth to Face Secret Hearing for Allegedly Enabling Child Sexual Abuse

The former Anglican Archbishop and Governor General will face a hearing behind closed doors to determine whether he should be defrocked.

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Agitating Against Mardi Gras Corporatisation: An Interview With Pride in Protests’ Mikhael Burnard

This year’s rally against the ‘selling out’ of the Mardi Gras to corporate interests will be held during WorldPride.

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DNA Evidence is Not as Reliable as Many Believe it to Be

TV shows often present DNA evidence as infallible, but the reality is very different.

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Deportations to Continue Under Albanese’s Modest 501 Migration Reforms

The government has finally passed laws which partially address the inhumane consequences of the character test.

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Authorised Psychiatrists Will Soon Be Allowed to Prescribe MDMA and Psilocybin

The TGA’s decision to allow certain psychiatrists to prescribe ecstasy and magic mushrooms has renewed calls for broader drug law reform.

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