Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 8 to 14 October 2018

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

What is White Collar Crime?

White collar crime spans a range of criminal offences and is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s digitised society.

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The Cannabis Climate in Australia: An Interview With SA Cannabis Council’s Matthew Rowland

Australia is not only falling behind many other nations in the area of drug reform, it’s going backwards in some cases.

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New Zealand Customs Can Now Require Your Passwords

New Zealand’s has become the first country to empower customs officials to require the personal passwords of travellers, and Australia is soon to follow.

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Sydney Lawyer Struck Off for “One of the Worst Examples of Professional Misconduct”

The tribunal found that the lawyer had “contumeliously and egregiously disregarded fundamental obligations and responsibilities”.

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New Senior Counsel Appointed in New South Wales

The list of newly appointed Senior Counsel creates controversy each year.

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Cannabis Legalisation Is Inevitable: An Interview With ADLaRI’s Ben Mostyn

Lawyer Ben Mostyn explains the pathway to a regulated cannabis market in Australia.

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Premier’s Changes to Online Bullying Laws: All Talk, No Action

Ms Berejiklian says she will broaden laws against online abuse, but her proposal is unlikely to change anything.

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Deemed Drug Supply Laws Should be Abolished

‘Deemed supply’ laws say that a person can be charged with drug supply for merely possessing more than a certain quantity of prohibited drugs (just 0.75 grams in the case of ‘ecstacy’), even if there is no evidence of actual or even intended supply.

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Free Public Transport for the Homeless in Victoria

Homeless and disadvantaged Victorians can now travel for free on public transport.

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Justice Reinvestment Helps Reduce Crime in Bourke

Investments into programs which address the underlying causes of crime have seen offending plummet in the NSW town of Bourke.

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Australia’s First Cannabis Medicine: An Interview With Little Green Pharma’s Fleta Solomon

Locally produced cannabis products are finally on the market, and patients can look forward to more choice and affordable prices.

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Socially Progressive, Economically Sensible: An Interview with Independent, Dr Kerryn Phelps

Former Australian Medical Association President Dr Kerryn Phelps is running in the Wentworth byelection as a forward-thinking alternative to the major parties.

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NSW Music Festivals: Life-Saving Pill Testing Out, Saturation Policing In

Gladys Berejiklian says saturation policing will continue at music festivals and life-saving pill testing will never be introduced, regardless of what her ‘expert panel’ recommends.

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Victoria Increases Police Powers and Removes Legal Safeguards

Victoria police can now detain individuals without charge or a court order for up to four days on suspicion of terrorism.

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Church-led Coalition Calls for Drug Decriminalisation

A Uniting Church-led coalition of 60 organisations is calling for the NSW government to decriminalise drug possession for personal use and place a greater emphasis on harm reduction.

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