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Authorities concerned over rise in 3D-printed guns

Authorities have concerns over a rise in 3D-printed guns after police discovered multiple weapons in a Sydney home. In this instance, half-finished semiautomatic firearm and multiple 3D printers were among a haul found inside a Bankstown home last Thursday. NSW Police searched the home just moments after serving a Firearms Prohibition Order on the 45-year-old …

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Authorities concerned over rise in 3D printed guns

NT Government support use of spit hoods in police custody

The Northern Territory government is resisting calls to ban the use of spit hoods on children. New data has shown that the use of spit hoods on children increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spit hoods had been used 27 times on children since 2018, and chair restraints six times. The youngest child was 12 years …

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NT Government support use of spit hoods in police custody

Bill to tighten gun laws passed in lower house

Gun laws are set to be tighetened after a surprise bill passed through the Federal House of Representatives on Thursday. Labor members moved to bring debate on the bill which the Government introduced only 24 hours prior.  Leader of the house Peter Dutton then initiated an immediate vote which stopped speeches on the matter and saw …

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Bill to tighten gun laws passed in lower house

The offence of drug importation in Australia

Australian Border Force has found 300kg of ice (methamphetamine) in a barbecue shipment abandoned at a Sydney wharf. This is an extreme example of a drug importation quantity. Consequently, drug law enforcement agencies have set up a special strike force to investigate which crime syndicate in Sydney was expecting to take delivery of the drugs. …

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The offence of drug importation in Australia

Forcible strip-search of female inmate violated Human Rights law

The forcible strip-search of a female inmate at a Canberra jail earlier this year breached the territory’s Human Rights Act. The ACT Inspector of Correctional Services released the review into the strip-search last week. He found that the decision to forcibly strip-search the inmate didn’t comply with the Human Rights legislation. Indigenous woman allegedly strip-searched …

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Forcible Strip-search of female inmate violated Human Rights law

Raise the Age: Getting Children out of Prisons

Across Australia, children as young as 10 can be arrested by police, charged with an offence, hauled before Children’s Court and locked away in a prison. In response to this, Raise the Age is a campaign for the federal, state and territory governments to do what is right and #raisetheage of criminal responsibility. Accordingly, Australia …

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Tasmanian female inmates subjected to 841 strip-searches in 7 months

New data reveals that 841 strip-searches of women in Tasmanian prisons took place in a seven-month period, with only three failing the search. The figures obtained by the Human Rights Law Centre under a right to information (RTI) request revealed the data for the period between October 2020 and April 2021. The documents show that …

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Tasmanian prisons female inmates subjected to 841 strip-searches in 7 months

Retrial ordered for man jailed over involvement in Curtis Cheng execution

The Sydney man who is in jail in connection to the execution of NSW Police employee Curtis Cheng has had his conviction thrown out on appeal. Mustafa Dirani will undergo a retrial into his involvement of the 2015 murder. Dirani got a jail sentence of 28 years in 2019 after a guilty verdict of conspiracy …

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Retrial ordered for man jailed over involvement in Curtis Cheng execution

Government takes no action on raising the age, one year on

One year ago, Australia’s Attorneys-General decided to defer a long-awaited decision to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Since then, no action has been taken in raising the age, despite overwhelming international pressure to amend our position. A social media campaign has kicked off in support of changing the detrimental law.   View this post …

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Drug detection dogs during the COVID-19 lockdown

Greater Sydney is under stay-at-home orders, fighting a recent outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 delta strain. However, NSW Police still have their drug sniffer dogs out. Last Thursday, a drug detection dog was doing its thing at Campbelltown railway station, checking essential workers for any trace of illicit substances. While the state follows medical advice …

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NSW Police Sniffer Dog during COVID

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