Calls for an Inquiry into the Australian Tax Office

A joint investigation by Four Corners and Fairfax Media has exposed alarming behaviour within the Australian Tax Office (ATO) which has sparked calls for more oversight and accountability mechanisms. The ATO has extensive powers that curtails the notion of innocent before proven guilty The ATO has extensive powers to investigate and prosecute individuals or businesses Read more about Calls for an Inquiry into the Australian Tax Office[…]

Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People

NSW Police are targeting minority groups with a secret blacklist. The Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) is a police list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. 55% of STMP targets are Aboriginal and almost half are under the age of 25. Children as young as Read more about Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Proposed New Laws Targeting Espionage and Foreign Interference

At the end of last year PM Turnbull introduced a package of new laws aimed at targeting espionage and foreign interference in Australia’s political system. This bill is being debated presently. New Criminal Offences The bills introduce a range of new espionage and foreign interference offences for: Possessing, receiving or communicating sensitive information; Failing to disclose ties Read more about Proposed New Laws Targeting Espionage and Foreign Interference[…]

Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record

The latest Human Rights Watch report released yesterday provides extensive criticism of Australia’s Human Rights records. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors agrees with many of the findings having represented clients whose human rights have been neglected by institutions. The HRW report has identified some crucial areas as follows. Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Australia Read more about Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record[…]