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AVO- Everything you need to know

AVO- Everything you need to know

AVO- what you need to know What is an AVO? It is Apprehended Violence Order made to protect a person who fears for his/her or childs own safety from violence, intimidation, or harassment. It is an order made by the Court to restrict the offender from future contact with the victim. You are in need of protection, then options are available. Violence need not be physical assault. It can me in many other forms like: Harassment (in person or electronically)IntimidationPsychological abuseStalkingSexual abuseObsessive...

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The Law on Home Invasion and Self-Defence

The Law on Home Invasion and Self-Defence

By David Phillipe @ Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers It is well recognised that two of the most fundamental legal principles are the right to life and the right to own property. What happens when these two principles conflict? This possibility exists within the realm of criminal law where an individual may be acquitted for killing in defence of property. In certain Australian states, there are home invasion provisions that govern the doctrine of self-defence and defence of property. There is no specific home...

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Drink driving – The facts

Drink driving – The facts

As the name suggests drink driving is when you drive while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol seriously impairs your ability to react quickly, make good judgments, and drive as well as you might normally. Driving while over the alcohol limit is illegal, and you will be fined, gain demerit points, and potentially even lose your license if you’re caught. It also puts you, your passengers, other people on the roads and pedestrians at risk – of injury or even death. People might drink and drive for a number of...

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NSW drivers will start using digital licences

NSW drivers will start using digital licences

WE’VE all forgotten our licence at one point or another. Now you can just carry a digital copy on your mobile phone. NSW drivers will soon be able to show their licence on their phones if they are pulled over by police, with digital licences due to be rolled out across the state. Legislation will be introduced to parliament in the next two weeks to enable the phased statewide rollout of the digital driver’s licence. NSW Services Minister Victor Dominello claimed it was an Australian-first but South Australia had...

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Govt due to receive GST carve-up review

Govt due to receive GST carve-up review

It’s one of Australia’s more efficient taxes in its collection but how its revenue is carved up is an annual bone of contention among states and territories, particularly in Western Australia. The Productivity Commission is due on Tuesday to hand down its final report on a proposed system change on GST distribution to the Turnbull government. Whether any of the recommendations will soothe the annual share-out issues remains to be seen but any changes suggest if a larger slice of the $66 billion in GST revenue...

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Australian banks exposed for ‘Liar loans”

Australian banks exposed for ‘Liar loans”

Faked pay slips, forged documents and cash-stuffed envelopes used as bribes to secure loans are just some of the examples of dodgy practices exposed so far by the banking royal commission. But before you think “some people will do anything to get a mortgage”, it’s crucial to remember that the people carrying out these frauds were actually bank staff. The evidence paints a picture of an industry captured by people falling over themselves to get rich quick on commission-driven schemes to dish out ever bigger...

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Police Brutality in Australia

Police Brutality in Australia

Videos of Australian police officers committing police brutality acts are going viral via social media at an alarming rate. Offending officers should be made accountable for their crimes. Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers encourage victims and passers by to post incriminating evidence online, rather than just make formal complaints. Accountability across Australia is  inadequate, with the vast majority of complaints being investigated by police themselves and dismissed, including those involving highly...

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Drink driving mothers crack down

Drink driving mothers crack down

Assistant Commissioner of NSW Police Michael Corboy has revealed police officers are targeting school pick up and drop off times to catch drink-driving mothers. The crackdown comes after nine NSW women in the past three months alone were arrested and charged with drink driving with children in the backseat. “What that indicates to me is that they have complete disregard for what they have been drinking,” Commissioner Corboy told 60 Minutes reporter Allison Langdon. “Complete disregard for the law and complete...

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Body piercing and body mutilation charges

Body piercing and body mutilation charges

Body piercer, 37, charged with ‘genital mutilation’ of a woman, 33, is hit with ‘more complaints’- as his studio opens for business as usual  WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT A 37-year-old man has been arrested over alleged genital mutilation He was then charged with prohibition of female genital mutilation The man was arrested at his Terrigal home on Tuesday morning  Police allege he mutilated a female customer during a procedure in 2016 So what does the law say? Offences under the new Act Under the Summary Offences...

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Substance Abuse & Addiction-How to recognise when you are addicted and what to do next

Substance Abuse & Addiction-How to recognise when you are addicted and what to do next

Substance misuse is the harmful use of drugs or alcohol for non-medical purposes. Often associated with the use of illicit drugs, legal substances can also be misused, such as alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter medication, caffeine, nicotine and volatile substances (e.g. petrol, glue, paint). Most people with a substance use disorder are using alcohol. Addiction is a physical and/or psychological need to use a substance, often caused by regular continued use. Some substances are more highly addictive than...

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Govt due to receive GST carve-up review

Anzac day parking fines-A very sad day for Australia

The Perth council is being accused of going against the spirit of Anzac Day after fining hundreds of motorists attending the city’s dawn service. The government is calling on the city to reconsider the parking penalties, but the council says they were issued amid security concerns. Thousands of people left the dawn service at Kings Park to find a parking ticket on their vehicle. Pensioners Allan and Doris Nelson were slapped with a $200 fine, even with a disability sticker on display. “I can’t fathom their idea...

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Recreational marijuana use to be made legal in Australia

Recreational marijuana use to be made legal in Australia

One of the world’s largest cannabis companies is positioning itself for recreational marijuana use to be made legal in Australia, amid fresh political debate about the proposed reform. Why we shouldn’t prohibit cannabis The adverse social consequences of banning marijuana may outweigh the benefits — and think of the money lost in the process, writes Alex Wodak. Canopy Growth Corporation, a $5.6 billion publicly listed Canadian company, has taken out Australian patents for a range of marijuana products including...

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