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High-Pitched Sonic Devices Target Young People

A number of shopping malls and businesses are deploying high-pitched sonic devices to combat what they describe as anti-social behaviour by young people. The so called ‘mosquito devices’ emit high frequencies which can only be heard by people aged 25 or under. Mosquito devices used to deter young people from loitering In 2016, a community Read more about High-Pitched Sonic Devices Target Young People[…]

Hate Crime Rarely Prosecuted in Australia

With the recent tragic events of Christchurch and Sri Lanka, some have called hate crime laws into question for their lack of use in Australia. Only 21 people have received convictions for hate crimes, despite the thousands of reported offences involving discrimination across the nation. Disturbingly, a recent study revealed approximately three offences have classifications Read more about Hate Crime Rarely Prosecuted in Australia[…]

Labor Party Aims to Tackle Indigenous Incarceration Crisis

The Labor Party has announced it will fund an additional $107 million to cut down the rate of Indigenous incarceration if it wins the next election. The ALP pledges to make jail a ‘last resort’ solution and will focus on justice targets for Indigenous people. This funding package includes $44 million for legal aid, $21.75 Read more about Labor Party Aims to Tackle Indigenous Incarceration Crisis[…]

Lawyer X Saga: Mixing Business With Pleasure

The secrets and scandals surrounding Nicola Gobbo, the former criminal barrister turned police informant, have surfaced this week. The first public hearing of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants included shocking admissions by Victoria Police. These related to professional misconduct and improper interactions with Ms Gobbo. This disgraceful saga of Lawyer X Read more about Lawyer X Saga: Mixing Business With Pleasure[…]

New NT Bill Bolsters Juvenile Injustice

The Northern Territory (NT) Government aims to pass new youth justice laws, which contradict, undermine, and go against the damning findings and recommendations from Don Dale Detention Centre. The Royal Commission’s (RC) Report of 2017 found “shocking and systemic failures” over many years in the youth prison system. These are failures which continue to exist, Read more about New NT Bill Bolsters Juvenile Injustice[…]

High Court Clarifies Meaning of Criminal Damage

Grajewski v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) [2019] HCA 8 This week, the High Court handed down its majority decision in the matter of Grajewski v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW). As reported last year, O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors represented the appellant, Paul Grajewski, a protestor who harnessed himself to a ship loader at a Read more about High Court Clarifies Meaning of Criminal Damage[…]

Cardinal George Pell Guilty of Grave Sins

In a time of child abuse scandals and cover-ups surrounding the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of five charges last week for child sexual offences by a unanimous jury verdict. Pell, the Vatican Treasurer and third most senior Catholic official in the world, was convicted for one count of sexually penetrating a Read more about Cardinal George Pell Guilty of Grave Sins[…]

Rockett Launch Towards Universal Medicine

Although Serge Benhayon was found to be a ‘leader of a socially harmful cult’ by a Supreme Court jury, the self-proclaimed spiritual leader continues to practice the disturbing ideas he preaches. The wealthy founder of Universal Medicine, who believes he is the reincarnate of Leonardo da Vinci, suffered a crushing blow in his defamation case Read more about Rockett Launch Towards Universal Medicine[…]