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The Offence of Failing to Vote in an Australian Federal Election

by Sonia Hickey
Unless you have been living under a rock over the past several weeks, you’ll know that the Federal Election 2022 is being held nationally tomorrow.   The offence of failing to vote in an Australian federal election Voting is compulsory...

Convicted Multiple Child Murderer to Have Case Reassessed

by Sonia Hickey
A woman convicted of killing her four children will have the case against her reassessed after the New South Wales Attorney-General recommended a fresh look at her case.  The story so far… In 2003 Kathleen Folbigg was convicted of the murder of...

Dutton Loses Defamation Case

by Sonia Hickey
Refugee advocate Shane Bazzzi has won his appeal in a defamation case brought by Defence Minister Peter Dutton.  The tweet The case centred on a 2019 tweet by Mr Bazzi in which he labelled Mr Dutton a ‘rape apologist’. The tweet...

Prioritising Truth-Telling and Treaty, Prior to Any Parliamentary Voice

by Paul Gregoire
Senator Lidia Thorpe has always supported the prioritisation of establishing treaty/treaties prior to any constitutional voice to parliament, and this is the position that the party she represents, the Australian Greens, adheres to as well. The 2017 Uluru Statement from...

Morrison Recommits to Legislating Discrimination Against Those Who Don’t Mirror Him

by Paul Gregoire
PM Scott Morrison last weekend recommitted to seeing the Religious Discrimination (RD) Bill passed if re-elected. He also underscored that the issue that stalled its passing this session – religious schools discriminating against LGBTQ people – will be separated from...

Will Alleged Australian War Crimes Be Criminally Prosecuted?

by Sonia Hickey
With the Ben Roberts Smith defamation trial underway, some are asking whether anything has been done about criminally prosecuting Australian soldiers accused by their peers of horrific war crimes against unarmed Afghan civilians and captured combatants – allegations which have...

ATO Investigates 40,000 Aussies Over Alleged Tax Fraud Scheme

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The ATO has more than 40,000 Australians in its sights, as it begins investigating what it says is a fraudulent scheme that’s cost the community around $850 million.  Individuals warned they are responsible for their conduct The scheme, promoted through...

Police Officer Sent to Prison Over Fatal Collision

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
An officer who crashed while speeding to a non-urgent call killing a man and leaving his wife with permanent injuries has been sentenced to three years in prison. Former Tasmanian police officer, Aaron Bonner, was responding to a non-urgent call...

The Link Between Rising Authoritarianism and the Protection of Big Business

by Paul Gregoire
NSW premier Dominic Perrottet has done quite a good job of presenting himself as something of a “swell guy”, despite the fact he’s an extreme ultraconservative who has just overseen the passing of the most draconian anti-protest laws in any...

Disturbing New Crime Trend Goes Viral on Social Media

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The New South Wales Police Force has established a dedicated unit to investigate and prosecute a new criminal craze that is said to have been sweeping through the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area in recent weeks. According to police, young...
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