The Law on Revenge Porn: Distributing Intimate Images

At the end of last year, the Federal Government introduced new laws into Parliament targeting those who share revenge porn. “Revenge porn” is the term used to describe the unauthorised sharing of intimate images or videos. This includes the use of faked intimate images. Research has shown that a staggering 23 per cent of those aged 16 to Read more about The Law on Revenge Porn: Distributing Intimate Images[…]

Proposed Changes to Drink-Driving Laws

Proposed changes to drink-driving laws will see an increase in the penalties given to NSW drivers if they are caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Roads Minister Melinda Pavey introduced a new law to Parliament last week targeting drink drivers and drug drivers. Police given the power to issue on-the-spot fines Under the proposed Read more about Proposed Changes to Drink-Driving Laws[…]

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[…]

Incorrect Prescription Entered into Medical Chart Results in Death of Patient

A 54 year old man died as a result of a mistake entered into a hospital’s computer system. Paul Lau was given the wrong medication by Macquarie University Hospital after undergoing a knee construction operation. He later died as a result of the medication. A coronial inquest into his death found that Macquarie University Hospital Read more about Incorrect Prescription Entered into Medical Chart Results in Death of Patient[…]

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[…]

Police Brutality is Too Common & Internal Investigation Procedures are Inadequate

In just one week there has been three reports of police brutality in Victoria. It is clear that there is a systemic problem that is allowing police to abuse their powers. The community should have confidence in the ability of police to use their powers appropriately, and to investigate allegations of misconduct in an impartial Read more about Police Brutality is Too Common & Internal Investigation Procedures are Inadequate[…]

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[…]

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[…]