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New laws and changes that affect Australia from January 1, 2018 and beyond

From January 1, there are a raft of changes coming to welfare, health, education, housing, gay marriage and many other living expenses. This is what’s coming and how it may affect you and your family across Australia. WELFARE $10 million will be set aside for treatment services for job seekers affected by proposed drug testing […]

Criminal Law July 21, 2016

Baden-Clay At The High Court

It was widely-publicized that on 15 July 2014 Gerard Baden-Clay was convicted by a Supreme Court jury of the murder of his wife, Allison Baden-Clay. On 8 December 2015 the Queensland Court of Appeal set aside the conviction of murder of Mr Baden-Clay and substituted a conviction of manslaughter. (Murder is the unlawful killing of […]

Courts Criminal Law April 20, 2016

Discrimination On Public Transport

BACKGROUND Crime, particularly against women traveling for both work and pleasure, is a well-known and unpleasant issue that has been an unfortunate aspect of the public transport scene in most capital cities for many years. A recent survey has noted 2,859 criminal offenses against women on public transport, including almost 19 sexual offenses, since September […]

Have You Been Left Out Of A Will?

Don’t lose hope just yet! Your lawyer may be able to help by what is known as a Family Provision Claim to the Court. (Traditionally these claims were known as ‘Testator & Family Maintenance’ Claims). The well-known Bosch Lecture Theatre at Sydney University is a monument to this area of law. Mr Bosch donated all […]

Criminal Law Family Law February 1, 2016

Domestic Violence is now part of our Criminal Code

Domestic Violence whether the perpetrator is male or female, directed against a partner or in the worst scenario against children, in any form is not acceptable in our community. Has the recent plethora of media attention supported or encouraged false claims to be made is another question. MEDIA EXPOSURE If one believes the media attention […]

Courts Criminal Law October 30, 2015

A High Old Time at Magistrates Court

Our Special Counsel, Mr Sara, was commissioned to act as an associate of a long-standing client in Murwillumbah Local Magistrates Court, far North Eastern NSW. The client, a company director, had been charged with drive whilst disqualified by Court order. Serious stuff – it is a contempt of Court. Anyway, the Red SS commodore was […]

Criminal Law Litigation September 12, 2015

What Is Criminal Law?

Criminal Law conjures up images of heavily tattooed men wanting to ‘cap’ you, while hip hop is playing in the background. And that’s just the lawyers, you should see the clients! But really the phrase ‘there but for the grace of God go I’ lends itself to what criminal law is really about. You hold down […]

Criminal Law December 2, 2014

The Bizarre Bomb Hoaxes of Uk Barrister Michael Shrimpton

Michael Shrimpton’s  criminal trial continues as he defends two counts of making bomb hoaxes. In 2012 he called the Defence Secretary warning him that the Queen would be blown up with a nuclear bomb. He alleged this bomb had been stolen from a sunken Russian Ship by German terrorists, smuggled into the UK, and was […]

Criminal Law July 29, 2014

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent decision of the Full Federal Court in the appeal in Richardson –v- Oracle Corporation Australia means the potential penalties for Employers who fail to take comprehensive steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace have increased significantly. The court found that Oracle was vicariously liable for the conduct of Mr Randol Tucker in […]

Criminal Law Employment Law January 14, 2014

Work Place Sexual Harassment

In the decision in a case known as Ewin v Vergara (No. 3) (2013) the Federal Court has clarified the position under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 as to what is a workplace for the purposes of unlawful sexual harassment. In this case the Respondent attempted to argue that common areas of the office, such […]