Arrest for the purpose of questioning: Clarifying Robinson

The NSW Court of Appeal has clarified the circumstances when NSW Police can arrest someone for an interview. Harris v State of New South Wales [2021] NSWCA 208 confirmed that an officer can arrest someone with the intention of questioning them. However, they must already have the intention to charge them regardless of if they …

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Protecting abortions in Australia after Roe v Wade

In Australia, abortion laws are mandated by each state. There is no constitutional right to an abortion nor any codified Federal protection. A situation like the sudden overturning of Roe v Wade wouldn’t happen in Australia. However that doesn’t eliminate the risk that abortion safeguards could face erosion. Medical abortion and surgical abortions Abortions includes …

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Protecting abortions in Australia after Roe v Wade

Mammoth fines for unions supporting essential worker strikes

The NSW Government plans to dramatically increase fines for unions that take strike action not approved by the State. NSW Labor leader Chris Minns said Labor will block the new bill and criticised the new premier for failing to do what his predecessor was capable of. “To give credit to Gladys Berejiklian, she seemed to …

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Mammoth fines for unions supporting essential worker strikes

Sydney police officer charged with nine offences including rape

A Sydney Eastern Suburbs police officer fronted court after police charged him with rape and stalking. Joshua Wootton, 31, faced charges as follows: two counts of sexual intercourse without consent under section 61I of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW); three counts of stalking with intent to case fear under section 13 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal …

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Death of paedophile priest used to evade new allegations against the Catholic church in NSW

The death of Lismore paedophile priest Father Clarence Anderson has sheltered the Church from new allegations of child sexual abuse. The victim in question, a woman referred to as GLJ, took her case to the Supreme Court of NSW. She argued that the Catholic Church is liable for the traumatic attack she experienced as a …

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Privacy laws in New South Wales

Protection of privacy is an ever-growing area of concern in the digital age. While there is no current tort for breach of privacy, there are statutory provisions which govern the collection, use and disclosure of private information. Commonwealth Legislation Commonwealth agencies and organisations with an annual turnover of more than $3 million are covered under …

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NSW Police Force exemptions from Privacy laws

State government agencies are covered by their own State privacy laws. In NSW, this is the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act). Also, there is The Health Records Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act). Section 27 of the PPIP Act exempts certain bodies from complying with the IPPs. Those agencies are: The …

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Child attempted to take own life at Don Dale detention centre

A 16-year-old child attempted to end his life while left alone in a cell at Don Dale Detention Centre. The boy’s family has revealed that authorities took him to Royal Darwin Hospital twice in one week for self-harming. Don Dale suicide attempt: Child discharged from hospital, goes into isolation According to the family, the boy …

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Defamation: Google ordered to pay $715,000 to former NSW deputy premier

Google has been ordered to pay former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro $715,000 after they failed to remove defamatory videos from their YouTube platform. The judge found that Barilaro was subjected to “relentless and vicious campaign” of cyberbullying that led him to resign from politics prematurely. Google failed to remove YouTube videos Google, who owns …

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