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Unfair measures targeting Bikie Organisations in Police crackdown

A series of shootings and fires across the Hunter Valley region have led to the NSW Police initiating a task force aimed at cracking down on local rival bikie organisations. As part of this, bikie organisations have been targeted by NSW Police who have proposed severe measures that would forbid them from associating with other Read more about Unfair measures targeting Bikie Organisations in Police crackdown[…]

First Round of Banking Royal Commission Reveals Systemic Issues in the Banking Industry

Customers are falling victim to the misconduct of banks with evidence being presented at the Banking Royal Commission (BRC) of fraudulent conduct, approval of inappropriate loans and excessive interest rates. The first round of public hearings have finished with the big four banks (NAB, Westpac, ANZ and CBA) being scrutinised by the Commission over its inappropriate Read more about First Round of Banking Royal Commission Reveals Systemic Issues in the Banking Industry[…]

The Need to Overhaul the Drug Detection Dogs Program

Police drug detection dogs (‘drug dogs’) are now an ordinary sight at airports, train stations, music festivals and in other public areas. A positive indication by a drug dog usually results in the police searching the person’s pockets or bags under a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that the person is in the possession of illicit substances. Police Read more about The Need to Overhaul the Drug Detection Dogs Program[…]

Mobile Drug Tests: The Need to Review Existing Regimes

Australia’s current drug driving laws punish individuals who present no risk to other drivers, and attempts to bring the war on drugs into traffic management, but on a completely false pretext. It is an offence in Australia to drive a vehicle with illicit drugs present in your bloodstream. This is in addition to the laws Read more about Mobile Drug Tests: The Need to Review Existing Regimes[…]

Actors make Defamation Claims against Newspapers for #metoo Inspired Sexual Assault Allegations

Sexual harassment allegations against two prominent actors, Geoffrey Rush and Craig McLachlan, have made prominent headlines in major newspapers. Both actors have denied the allegations and initiated defamation proceedings against the newspapers. The Case of Geoffrey Rush Late last year, the Daily Telegraph published articles alleging that actor Geoffrey Rush “inappropriately” touched a female colleague Read more about Actors make Defamation Claims against Newspapers for #metoo Inspired Sexual Assault Allegations[…]

Unlawful Imprisonment of Minors Involved in People Smuggling

A group of 50 Indonesian minors who crewed asylum seeker boats are seeking compensation from the Australian government claiming that they were wrongfully imprisoned in adult detention facilities. Some of the minors were detained in maximum security facilities for over 2 years with their human rights neglected. The Australian government has previously faced similar compensation Read more about Unlawful Imprisonment of Minors Involved in People Smuggling[…]

Police Brutality at the Mardi Gras

With Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras coming up we warn attendees to be mindful of police activities. Police brutality is unfortunately a common occurrence at large scale and busy events such as the Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras in 2013 was particularly prone to police using excessive force against attendees. There was a substantial amount of claims made Read more about Police Brutality at the Mardi Gras[…]

Our Recent Criminal Defence Case Studies

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors is continually achieving successful outcomes for our clients. We wanted to share with you our recent case studies so that you can be assured of our expertise, skill and commitment in criminal defence representation. We assisted several clients in getting no conviction recorded by way of Section 10 of the Crimes Act including two young Read more about Our Recent Criminal Defence Case Studies[…]

Slave-Like Treatment in Embassies

The most recent Four Corners’ episode Behind Closed Doors has revealed that, behind the doors of diplomatic embassies domestic staff are trapped in slave-like working conditions. This is extremely concerning given that these places are isolated and hidden from plain sight. Vulnerable and helpless embassy workers Before coming to Australia these workers agree to enter Read more about Slave-Like Treatment in Embassies[…]

Make a Submission to the Banking Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry holds its first public hearing today. The fact is that many people’s lives and livelihoods have been devastated by ruthless and greedy misconduct within the financial services industry. The Royal Commission represents an opportunity to thoroughly examine the corporate mentality of these institutions and Read more about Make a Submission to the Banking Royal Commission[…]