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Public Interest Disclosure Laws Stall as Government Interest Reigns

by Paul Gregoire
High-profile whistleblowers prosecutions – or political prosecutions, as some prefer – have become a prominent feature of the rule of the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison regime, along with the guarding of state secrets to the point that the proposition of open government is...

Ban Pork Barrelling: Shoebridge on Laws to Criminalise the Shady Political Practice

by Paul Gregoire
The story is now well known. On 1 October, the Independent Commission Against Corruption announced it’s turning its investigation Operation Keppel upon then NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian’s conduct in relation to two specific instances of grants funding distribution. The ICAC...

The Law, Defences and Penalties for Aggravated Animal Cruelty in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Two teenagers have been charged over the alleged beating and killing of 14 kangaroos on the NSW South Coast, and will face court in November 2021. Police appealed to the community for help after the dead bodies of the kangarros...

Is it Legal to Possess a Gel Blaster in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Gel blasters have been made illegal in Victoria, after a number of the recreational items were allegedly used during the commission of serious criminal offences. Many gel blasters look similar to real firearms, although they shoot small water-based pellets. As...

Berejiklian Resigns as Corruption Investigation is Set to Begin

by Sonia Hickey
Mainstream media has been calling it ‘Gladys’ shock resignation,’ but anyone who has been following what’s been happening behind the very public distraction of the Delta virus outbreaks across New South Wales, may not be all that surprised. Just hours...

Victorian Government Charged Over Hotel Quarantine Safety Breaches

by Sonia Hickey
Victoria’s workplace safety watchdog has charged the State Government with 58 breaches over its hotel quarantine fiasco last year, and the Department of Health now faces fines of up to $1.64 million dollars. The charges relate to the state government’s...

Police Brutality Escalates Under the Cover of COVID

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Australia watched on in disbelief as the violence on Melbourne streets escalated over the past week, with hoards of heavily armed police officers clashing with members of the public protesting against extended lockdowns and vaccination mandates. The mainstream media has...

Police Officer Charged with Misconduct Over Alleged COVID-19 Breaches

by Sonia Hickey
A police officer has been charged with misconduct in public office and suspended from his duties after allegedly helping his daughter cross the Queensland border. Senior Constable Robert Eickenloff from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) was on duty when he...

Police Brutally Assault Anti-Lockdown Protester

by Sonia Hickey
In amongst all the footage of this week’s Melbourne protests, a horrific video has emerged of a police officer approaching a man from behind and violently throwing him head first to the ground at Flinders Station in the CBD –...

Jarryd Hayne Faces Civil Proceedings for Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey
Former NRL golden boy Jarryd Hayne was found guilty earlier this year of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, also known as ‘sexual assault’ under the law, during a retrial which occurred after an initial jury was unable to...
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