$40 Smokes: Health Issue or Tax Grab?

Can Private Companies Be Trusted to Run Our Prisons?

‘Disrespectful Behaviour’ Now a Crime in NSW

Terrorist Recruiter Found Guilty

$40 Smokes: Health Issue or Tax Grab?

By Sonia Hickey - Published 20/09/2016

Smokers will soon be hit in the pocket again, after new legislation has cleared the way for further price hikes on tobacco. The Federal Government has voted to raise the levy on cigarettes by 12.5% over four years, which will fill government coffers with an extra $4.7 billion. Aussies who smoke will pay $40 a… 

Can Private Companies Be Trusted to Run Our Prisons?

By NSW Courts - Published 14/09/2016

As countries around the world grapple with prison overcrowding, the United States has announced it will end privatisation of prisons at a federal level within the next five years. The US was the first country to privatise prisons in the early 1980s, when privatisation seen as a way to reduce government spending. Private companies also… 

‘Disrespectful Behaviour’ Now a Crime in NSW

By NSW Courts - Published 08/09/2016

Last year, NSW Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton foreshadowed new laws to make it a criminal offence to engage in ‘disrespectful behaviour’ inside the courtroom. The proposal was in response to a number of high-profile cases where defendants refused to stand for judges in court. During his trial, Milad bin Ahmad-Shah al-Ahmadza (pictured), accused of shooting a man… 

Terrorist Recruiter Found Guilty

By Sydney Criminal Lawyers - Published 07/09/2016

Hamdi Alqudsi, the central figure in Australia’s most successful jihadi recruitment network, has been sentenced to a minimum of six years in prison. In July this year, the 42-year-old western Sydney resident was found guilty in the NSW Supreme Court of seven counts of supporting engagement in armed hostilities in Syria. Alqudsi was found to…