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Suing Transport Officers in NSW: Assault & Unlawful Arrest

It is likely that you have experienced a transport officer asking to check your Opal Card or concession card. This is routine and transport officers have the lawful power to do so. There are, however, instances where a transport officer may behave in an excessive manner that goes beyond their lawful powers. If this happens Read more about Suing Transport Officers in NSW: Assault & Unlawful Arrest[…]

Cases where Clients have Successfully Sued the Police

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are experts in assisting clients sue the police for false arrest, unlawful imprisonment and malicious prosecution.  We are the leaders in this area of law which is evident by the long list of cases where we have helped clients take civil action against the police or other authorities. Read about our recent Read more about Cases where Clients have Successfully Sued the Police[…]

Changes to Licence Disqualification Scheme

Disqualified drivers can reapply for their licences under the new reforms Reforms to the driving licence disqualification scheme were introduced in October last year. The changes allow people who have had their licence disqualified to apply to the courts to have the remaining disqualification period removed. They will need to prove that they have not Read more about Changes to Licence Disqualification Scheme[…]

More Medically Supervised Injecting Centres Required

The Australian Government needs to be proactive in tackling the issue of drug overdoses. Data shows that between 2011 and 2015 there were 2145 opiate drug related deaths (e.g. oxycodone, morphine, codeine etc.). Coroner speaks out about the lack of medically supervised injecting centres Drug users are negatively stigmatised and marginalised. They may be forced to inject Read more about More Medically Supervised Injecting Centres Required[…]

Government’s Facial Recognition Scheme has its Risks

Proposed facial recognition system aims to support criminal investigations The Government have plans to run a facial recognition system for criminal investigations using a real-time database of people’s driving licenses, passports and citizenship documents. This system would see all levels of government sharing data, and giving police agencies access to facial recognition and identity data. The Government is Read more about Government’s Facial Recognition Scheme has its Risks[…]

Banking Royal Commission – Issues Facing Remote Communities

The Banking Royal Commission Round 4 hearings will focus on issues affecting Australians who live in remote and regional communities. The hearings will be heard in two locations: Brisbane: Monday 25 June – Friday 29 June 2018 Darwin: Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July 2018 The hearing will focus on issues relating to: Farming Read more about Banking Royal Commission – Issues Facing Remote Communities[…]

Third Round of Banking Royal Commission Hearings to Focus on Lending to Small and Medium Businesses

Widespread misconduct in Banking Industry The Banking Royal Commission has so far revealed widespread misconduct in relation to consumer lending and financial advice provided by financial institutions. We expect that this trend will follow onto the third round of public hearings which will commence on 21 May 2018. This round will cover important issues in relation to the conduct Read more about Third Round of Banking Royal Commission Hearings to Focus on Lending to Small and Medium Businesses[…]

Former Liberal MP wins Defamation Case against Local Newspaper

Local newspaper published article against former Liberal MP In 2016 a local newspaper Benalla Ensign published an article alleging that former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella had “pushed” her political opponent, MP Cathy McGowan, out of a photo opportunity with MP Ken Wyatt at a nursing home. Mrs Mirabella approached the newspaper, Ms McGowan and Mr Read more about Former Liberal MP wins Defamation Case against Local Newspaper[…]

The Right to be Forgotten… Should it Exist in Australia?

Have you ever had an image, video or post about you that you prayed would never go viral? The reality is that the widespread use of the Internet means that such content spreads like wildfire. Some of this content can be extremely personal and cause more harm than just embarrassment. In May 2014 the European Read more about The Right to be Forgotten… Should it Exist in Australia?[…]