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Privacy & Social Media: Can They Really Co-Exist?

Privacy should be about protecting and individuals secrecy, but instead has become about transparency and creating a sense of false security. ‘Privacy Awareness Week’ (PAW), which ran from the 4-10 May 2020, is a global campaign highlighting the importance of privacy and raising awareness for public sector agencies about how to protect the personal information Read more about Privacy & Social Media: Can They Really Co-Exist?[…]

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Call to end solitary confinement due to impact on prisoner mental and physical health

The University of Queensland (UQ) has found a staggering impact on the mental and physical health of prisoners when they are kept in solitary confinement, also known as isolation. Consequently, researchers are calling for an end to the use of such punishment. Some prisoners are subjected to these conditions for years at a time, while Read more about Call to end solitary confinement due to impact on prisoner mental and physical health[…]

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New powers for ASIO to question 14-year-olds, deny lawyers as it goes after foreign spies

A new ‘Australian Security Intelligence Amendment Bill 2020’ was introduced into Federal Parliament by Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton on May 13th. The bill amends the controversial questioning and detention powers held by ASIO. The main purpose of the new bill is to ensure that ASIO has significantly increased powers in regard to terrorism, espionage Read more about New powers for ASIO to question 14-year-olds, deny lawyers as it goes after foreign spies[…]

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Trial by Jury During the Coronavirus Pandemic- R v UD [2020], Where Two “Noes” Make a “Yes”

In this article, O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors takes a closer look at Trial by Jury in Australia– where does the concept come from? When did it come to Australia? And how has this changed in the era of COVID-19? A Hypothetical: Your Coronavirus Crime Indulge, albeit momentarily, in something of a Corona-hypothetical. Suppose during the Read more about Trial by Jury During the Coronavirus Pandemic- R v UD [2020], Where Two “Noes” Make a “Yes”[…]

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Perth man lodges $350,000 defamation claim over Slack group chat comments

Perth man and operator of E-Station, a supplier of EV (electric vehicle) charging equipment, Patrick Finnegan, is suing for defamation as a result of three mens’ comments via the through the business social media outlet Slack.  Mr. Finnegan is seeking a claim of $350,000 in general damages as well as aggravated and special damages through Read more about Perth man lodges $350,000 defamation claim over Slack group chat comments[…]

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Call for the NT to ban “police cages” for transporting kids

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are supporting the  Amnesty International campaign and petition to stop NT police transporting children in “police cages”. This practise is a breach of human rights against international standards, specifically rule 73.2 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules regarding the Treatment of Prisoners.  This inhumane practise is occurring for prolonged periods Read more about Call for the NT to ban “police cages” for transporting kids[…]

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Cognitive Impairment Diversion Program (CIDP) – a letter of appeal to the Minister

Cognitive Impairment Diversion Program (CIDP) funding to be discontinued We sent the following Letter in support of the CIDP sent to the NSW Attorney General this morning. You can see the PDF watermarked letter containing here. The full text of the letter is below. The reason behind this letter is that we have been recently Read more about Cognitive Impairment Diversion Program (CIDP) – a letter of appeal to the Minister[…]

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Garbage Truck Driver Not Guilty of Dangerous Driving in Tragic Dee Why Accident

Northern Beaches accident results in death of a grandmother On 7 May 2020, Mr Teremoana Tekii, the driver of the garbage truck which brought about the unfortunate death of Ms Hane Mathieson on 8 February 2018 at Dee Why, was cleared by the court of dangerous driving causing death.  Prior to the collision, Ms Mathieson Read more about Garbage Truck Driver Not Guilty of Dangerous Driving in Tragic Dee Why Accident[…]

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Mr Teremoana Tekii’s statement on tragic Dee Why garbage truck accident

MEDIA RELEASE R v TEKII Following his acquittal in the Sydney District Court today, garbage truck driver, Mr Teremoana Tekii has instructed us to release the following statement: “Mr Tekii is extremely relieved with the decision. He and his family have been under an immense level of stress and anxiety throughout the criminal justice process Read more about Mr Teremoana Tekii’s statement on tragic Dee Why garbage truck accident[…]

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High Court Appeal on arson and fraud: A Mysterious Case Where Common Sense Prevailed

Man accused of burning down his own house by Queensland Police On a July evening in 2015 Eamonn Coughlan was walking away from his holiday home on Bribie Island in Queensland when an explosion occurred, setting fire to the house causing it to be destroyed. He escaped this fire on his motorbike and cleaned himself Read more about High Court Appeal on arson and fraud: A Mysterious Case Where Common Sense Prevailed[…]

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