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From Prison to the Podium – The Clink returns with a tale of redemption

The Clink has returned in full swing for season three of the well-received podcast. Chris “tatted strength” Luera kicks off the season alongside host Brent Simpson. The Californian has spent many years behind bars. From gang life and drug abuse to competing for glory in fitness, Luera has risen to the top of his fitness …

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Cannabis cautioning benefits wealthy, non-Indigenous

Adults caught using or possessing cannabis are more likely to be charged, rather than cautioned, in Western Sydney than in affluent areas of Sydney. The data, taken over the last five years, exhibits how NSW Police using their discretion can result in more charges for those in poorer suburbs, for the exact same offences. In …

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“I asked to go back to jail” – No regulations for rehab centres

Women are speaking out about the conditions of a rehabilitation centre in Sydney where leaders follow the fundamentalist Christian practice of speaking in tongues. As part of bail conditions, often those impacted by addiction are sent into a rehabilitation centre as a way to attempt to curb their addictions and to avoid going into prison. …

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Unregulated rehabilitation centres worse than jail

Three strike system for possession of drugs proposed by NSW Government

The NSW Government is considering a proposal where people found with a small amount of an illicit drug would be subject to a three-strike system before being charged. Initial reports suggested that NSW was going to decriminalise personal use of drugs altogether, however, the Government quickly clarified that they wouldn’t go down this path. The …

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3 strike system proposed for personal drug use

Two thirds of Australians support pill testing, according to new report

Nearly two-thirds of Australians are in favour of pill testing at music festivals, according to new data from the Australian National University (ANU). Only one jurisdiction in Australia has trialled pill testing to date. The ACT implemented a drug checking service at ‘Groovin the Moo’ music festival in 2018 and 2019 in Canberra. As a …

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Pill testing for ecstasy and MDMA at a music festival

Lawyers urge NSW Government to delay the vote for the drug stop and search bill

A new bill is being voted on this week in the NSW Parliament with dire consequences to civil liberties. “It’s a super stop and search bill with few if any checks and balances,” stated Greens MLC David Shoebridge. The main concerns with the bill, as outlined by Shoebridge, include: Unlimited warrantless searches of anyone subject …

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Stop strip searches of children under 16 – NSW Greens introduce bill to Parliament

NSW Greens have presented a bill to Parliament to put a stop to the creep of police powers under drug dog and strip search schemes and prohibit strip searches for children under 16. The new bill proposes to make some significant changes to the existing legislation including: prohibiting the use of drug detection dogs without …

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New Greens bill telling police dogs to sniff off

Big wave surfer and cocaine smuggler Wayne Cleveland on The Clink

Growing up in housing commission in Maroubra, Wayne Cleveland knew how to handle himself. As a member of the Bra Boys, Cleveland had a typical rap sheet before getting involved in more serious crimes. Wayne Cleveland was the Australian principal of a syndicate that imported cocaine from the US. The syndicate used corrupt Gate Gourmet …

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Canberra set to investigate decriminalisation of all drugs

Australian Capital Territory set to investigate decriminalisation of all drugs Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson has kick-started an investigation into the feasibility of decriminalising the use and personal possession of “drugs of dependence” in the ACT. His motion to launch the inquiry was met with support from Labor, Greens and Liberal members of Legislative Assembly of …

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Push for Youth Koori Court in Lismore

A petition has been created to push for a Youth Koori Court to be established in Lismore. “The Northern Rivers and North Coast of NSW have a disproportionate number of Indigenous youth in contact with the criminal justice system,” the petition states. Last decade, over 50 per cent of arrested Indigenous youth were re-offenders. The …

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