Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 7 to 13 December 2020

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

Government’s Plan to Criminalise Cash Payments Has Been Defeated

Scott Morrison’s proposal to create four criminal offences involving the use of cash payments has been defeated in the Senate.

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The NSW Local Court Practice Note for Criminal Proceedings Part 2: Vacating Hearings, AV Links, Mental Illness and Media Recordings

The new procedures for changing hearing dates, audio visual linked appearances, mental illness applications and media recordings.

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Lawyers Support Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Corruption

It has been reported that the legal profession broadly supports laws which would force lawyers to report corruption in the criminal justice system.

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World Moves Closer to Cannabis Decriminalisation

The past week has seen the UN remove cannabis from its most restrictive drug schedule and one house of the US Congress vote for nationwide decriminalisation.

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Berejiklian’s Drug Depenalisation: A “Modest” Step Towards “Inevitable” Decriminalisation

The premier is considering a system of drug depenalisation, whereby first time possession would attract a warning only.

High Court Rules that Refugees Can Hold Dutton to Account: An Interview with Lawyer George Newhouse

The High Court ruled against the Home Affairs Minister’s attempt to prevent refugees from taking legal action against the government.

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Controlling the Discussion: Peace Campaigner Jacob Grech on the Brereton Report

The report into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan deflects responsibility away from bureaucrats and high ranking officers.

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What is a Biosecurity Emergency Declaration in Australia?

The federal government will seek a further three month extension of its emergency public health powers.

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The Dungay Family Call on the NSW Premier to See Charges Laid

The Dungay family has released a letter calling on charges to be laid over David Dungay Junior’s death in custody.

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Gamil Means No: An Interview With Gamilaraay Next Generation’s Ian Brown

Young Gomeroi people are leading the charge against Santos’ Narrabri Gas project.

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The Law, Defences and Penalties for Sexual Assault in New South Wales

A man is facing 135 criminal charges for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting 31 women he met via Tinder.

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The Offence of Advocating Terrorism in Australia

An 18-year old has been charged after allegedly encouraging others to kill “non-whites, Jews and Muslims”.

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Boycott Global Brands With Forced Uyghur Labour in Their Supply Chains

At least 82 global brands have benefited from China’s forced Uyghur labour program.

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