Queensland prisoners granted the right to vote in State elections

Queensland inmates granted the right to vote in State elections

History will be made in October when thousands of prisoners at correctional centres across Queensland will be given the right to vote at the upcoming state election. In January, the Queensland Government passed laws lifting the incredibly restrictive prisoner voting […]

Bernie Matthews on the Clink

Former prison escapee turned journalist – Part 2 of The Clink

Bernie Matthews on his story of redemption – The Clink Bernie Matthews  is a convicted bank robber and prison escapee turned journalist. Convicted on two counts of armed robbery, possession of a submachine gun, and larceny of motor vehicles, Matthews […]

Police body cameras

Body worn video cameras only turned on when the officer decides

Body worn video cameras only turned on when the officer decides The NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) has released the review of the legal framework surrounding body-worn video cameras. As of February 2020, NSW Police had rolled out […]

Greens MP David Shoebridge outside Downing Centre Local Court.

Another win for civil liberties as Shoebridge cleared of protest charges

Greens MP David Shoebridge cleared of protest charges outside Kirribilli House O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors were able to successfully defend charges against Greens MP David Shoebridge after a protest last year. Working alongside Barrister Ian Latham, Solicitor Wilson Tighe […]

Correctional Centre Function Allowed – School Choirs Banned

A plaque unveiling at the Geoffrey Pearce Correctional Centre this Thursday in Berkshire Park in Sydney’s Western Suburbs is set to go ahead amidst announcements that all school social events are cancelled. Upgrades to the Geoffrey Pearce Correctional Centre were […]

Lady Justice in front of Aboriginal flag

Urgent calls for Walama Court to be established

Prominent Indigenous lawyers are calling for the government to set up the Walama Court as a matter of urgency. In an open letter, they pushed for the Court to be opened to help divert Indigenous offenders from prison and reduce […]

Has Domestic Violence Increased or Decreased during COVID-19?

According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), domestic violence has not increased during COVID-19. Calls to the NSW Domestic Violence Line also showed no evidence of COVID-related increase. However, a survey conducted by the Australian Institute […]