Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 6 to 12 June 2022

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

Australia: The Defamation Capital of the World

Those who bring defamation cases in the US are required to prove a long list of matters. But the situation is very different here.

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Has the Depp v Heard Trial Damaged the #MeToo Movement?

Some feel the publicity surrounding the case could lead to genuine victims being more reluctant to come forward.

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A “Travesty”: Magistrate Finalises Case in Three-Minutes Without Prosecutor or Reasons

The magistrate finalised the contravene AVO case without a prosecutor or reasons for his decision.

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Pork Barrelling Breaches the Rule of Law

Some politicians claim that pumping taxpayer funds into contested electorates to win votes is perfectly legal, but the ICAC Forum has found otherwise.

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Albanese Must Deliver Human Rights Protections

There are calls for our new PM to put his words into action by urgently commissioning a review of national rights protections, with a view to implementing the recommendations.

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Former Deputy NSW Premier Wins Defamation Case

John Barilaro has been awarded $715,000 plus legal costs over videos which accused him of corruption.

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Police Guns Out of Remote Communities: Warlpiri Elder Ned Jampijinpa Hargraves Calls Ceasefire

There are calls for Northern Territory police to cease heavy-handed tactics and relinquish their military-style weaponry.

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Despite Roots, Albanese Neglects Public Housing: An Interview With APH’s Andrew Chuter

“For all the new PM’s talk about growing up in public housing… he has no plan to extend that same support to people who need it today”.

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‘Poorly Planned and Underfunded’: Domestic Violence Abuse Payments Hampered by Bureaucracy

The former government’s promised payments to assist victims escape abusive relationships have not been getting through.

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Speakman’s Modest Drug Reforms Blocked, as Perrottet Stalls on the Inevitable

The NSW government has ignored the sensible recommendations of its own commission, for fear of voter backlash.

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Thailand Legalises Cannabis, Handing Out One Million Plants to Citizens

The nation known for having some of the toughest drug laws on the planet is recognising the social and economic benefits of cannabis legalisation.

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The Offence of Criminal Defamation in New South Wales

The recent civil cases of Depp, Barilaro, Roberts-Smith and Dutton have many talking. But in NSW, defamation can also amount to a crime.

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The Laws Relating to ‘Vexatious Proceedings’ and ‘Vexatious Litigants’ in NSW

Former deputy Auburn mayor Salim Mehajer’s case against his former business associates has been declared ‘vexatious’.

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The Electorate Has Spoken: Albanese Must Work with Progressives on Climate

“Labor needs to listen to the science and the electorate on climate… [and] stop opening new coal and gas mines”.

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