Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 8 to 14 November 2021

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

Man Accused of Sexual Assault in Parliament House Committed to Stand Trial

The former senior Liberal Party adviser accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins will face a Supreme Court trial in the nation’s capital.

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Post-Lockdown Strip Searches Are Back, Including the Dreaded Squat and Cough

Police are back on the streets illegally strip searching people, despite the police watchdog’s recommendations for change.

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Nurse Charged with Fraud for Allegedly Falsely Recording Vaccinating a Teen

A nurse is alleged to have falsely recorded giving a COVID-19 vaccine to a 15 year old boy.

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Morrison’s Diplomacy “Reflex Is Spin”: Wong Casts PM as Global Trump-Lite

“[W]e are seeing Mr Morrison being prepared to damage relationships… because he doesn’t want to acknowledge that he’s done anything wrong.”

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When Can a Coronial Inquest Be Held in New South Wales?

The family of missing backpacker Theo Hayez is seeking answers from the young man’s Coronial Inquest later this month.

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What is a Critical Incident Investigation in New South Wales?

An investigation has been launched after police shot an Indigenous man dead at his home in Sydney’s north-west.

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Rich Nations Are Investing in Militarising Borders to Keep Out Climate Refugees

A recent report suggests that the climate crisis has contributed to the decision by many wealthy nations to reinforce their borders.

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NSW Police Force Loses Appeal Against Employee Who Was Allegedly Raped by an Officer

The police solicitor left work and lodged a claim after she was demoted when she reported that an officer sexually assaulting her.

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Government Is Stalling on Rights Abuses in Detention: Senator Lidia Thorpe on OPCAT

The Australian government committed to the independent monitoring of detention centre but has done nothing to facilitate this.

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Legal Aid to Stop Assigning Work to Unvaccinated Lawyers

The Legal Aid Commission will cease assigning cases to unvaccinated lawyers and prohibit them from acting as duty solicitors.

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Paramedic Loses Challenge to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

NSW paramedic John Larter has lost his Supreme Court challenge against COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

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New Laws Put an End to ‘Gag Orders’ on Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

The new laws will make it harder for institutions to silence victims through non-disclosure agreements and enable paltry settlements to be set aside.

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Drop the Collaery Prosecution: An Interview With the Human Rights Law Centre’s Kieran Pender

Our government continues its push to prosecute the barrister whose client exposed Australia’s criminal bugging of the Timor-Leste Cabinet.

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Israeli Pegasus Spyware Gifts Governments Extralegal Surveillance Powers

The powerful software is being used to illegally hack the mobile phones of human rights defenders.

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The PM Champions Pork Barrelling Over Corruption Watchdog With Teeth

Mr Morrison says a strong federal corruption watchdog is “certainly not a model that we ever consider”, and sees nothing wrong with allocating taxpayer funds to win seats rather than on merit.

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NSW Police Shoot and Kill Gomeroi Man Stanley Russell

“This is the continuation of genocidal acts that started in 1788.”

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