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Press Release – Benjamin Batterham Found Not Guilty by Newcastle Jury

Benjamin Batterham, now 36 years old, was at his home, in Hamilton, an inner city suburb of Newcastle, having drinks with a friend in the early hours of 26 March 2016 when he saw a man in his house, coming out of his baby daughter’s room. The man was holding what would later be found …

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Four Corners: Bill Spedding, Wrong Man Targeted in William Tyrrell Case, Speaks Out

On Monday, ABC TV’s Four Corners program will reveal how a man was wrongly accused in the William Tyrrell investigation. William Tyrrell disappearance leads to suspicion falling on Bill Spedding Bill Spedding, a washing machine repairman, was accused of abducting three-year-old William Tyrrell, who disappeared on 12 September, 2014 from the front yard of a …

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Dog Days Are Not Over

With over 17% of drug dog inspections escalating to strip-searches by NSW police, the bark is worse than the bite. Police drug sniffer dogs have drawn renewed criticism after new data revealed an increase of strip searches in New South Wales. Greens MP David Shoebridge said the use of dogs were ineffective in stopping drug …

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The Roll-Out of Police Drones in Melbourne

In another step towards a Big Brother state, the Victorian Government will roll out police drones to monitor crowds at major Melbourne events. Following the launch of the state’s first-ever specialist drone unit, the unmanned aircraft will hover over locations deemed “high risk”. These include locations such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Police Inspector …

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Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW

The scenario is a simple one. You’ve just finished a long, hard day at work or school and begin your journey home. Suddenly, your normal journey is disrupted by a swarm of NSW Police encircling the train station turnstile you’re about to walk through. Two police officers stop you and subject you to an invasive …

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LEPRA and Arrest Without Warrant After The Robinson Case

Can what you say be admissible as evidence if you are unlawfully arrested? A recent case may have an impact here. First of all, let’s examine the powers of arrest which are granted by LEPRA (Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act) in NSW. What is LEPRA? LEPRA is the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act. Arrest …

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Police Watchlist Targeting Children needs to be Removed

In an earlier article this year, we wrote about a secret police watchlist called the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP). The STMP is a list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. Almost half of the people targeted by the STMP are under the age of …

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Proposed Changes to Drink-Driving Laws

Proposed changes to drink-driving laws will see an increase in the penalties given to NSW drivers if they are caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Roads Minister Melinda Pavey introduced a new law to Parliament last week targeting drink drivers and drug drivers. Police given the power to issue on-the-spot fines Under the proposed …

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Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People

NSW Police are targeting minority groups with a secret blacklist. The Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) is a police list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. 55% of STMP targets are Aboriginal and almost half are under the age of 25. Children as young as …

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