Posts Categorized: Criminal Law

Arrested for Political Satire: The Contentious Charging of the Friendlyjordies Producer

Friendlyjordies

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The arrest of YouTube channel Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker has raised widespread condemnation for what many are asserting was a politically motivated act of police overreach on the part of plainclothes officers. Three detectives from the NSW Police Fixated Persons Investigations Unit showed up at Langker’s front door to… Read more »

Federal Court Labels Illegal Robodebt Extortion Scheme a “Massive… Stuff-Up”

Federal Court Perth

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In his 11 June ruling on the class action taken against the Coalition government’s Centrelink robodebt scheme, Federal Court Justice Bernard Murphy said that rather than “a conspiracy”, he found the unlawful automated debt collection initiative to be “a stuff-up”, albeit “a massive one”. Initiated by then social services… Read more »

The NSW Police State Laws Paving the Way for One Nation Measures

Police guarding building

Cancel culture is the practice of boycotting a well-known personality or company for espousing objectionable or offensive views. NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham has a special aversion to this emerging trend, which he perceives as a threat to freedom of speech. “This is anti-intellectualism at its core,” Latham told the Bolt Report mid-last year…. Read more »

What Are Police Powers in NSW?

NSW Police Emblem

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 6 June 2001, then NSW police minister Paul Whelan announced that an exposure draft of a bill that consolidated most state police powers was about to be released. This legislation would also soon incorporate new law enforcement powers to “crack down on drug dealing in Cabramatta”. Then NSW… Read more »

NSW Barrister Struck Off for Tax Evasion

Australian tax office

On 11 October 2012, the NSW Bar Association attached eleven financial management and reporting conditions upon the practising certificate of a NSW barrister to ensure he met his obligations to submit business activity statements and tax returns with the Australian Tax Office. These conditions continued to apply to his practising certificates up until the year… Read more »

Section 20BQ Applications: Mental Health at Time of Hearing is Relevant, Not When the Alleged Offence Occurred

Mental Health meeting

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Abdelaziz Ali Mahamat-Abdelgader arrived in Australia seeking asylum in June 2012. The citizen of the African nation of Chad was refused immigration clearance at the airport, taken into immigration custody and transferred to Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre. Abdelgader applied for a protection visa. He claimed refugee status on… Read more »

Questions Remain After Judge Corrects Sentencing Error for Manslaughter of Transgender Woman

Transgender manslaughter

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On the afternoon of 20 September 2019, 31-year-old RAAF corporal Rian Toyer became aware that Mhelody Bruno was continuing to use Grindr, despite the pair having met on the app three weeks prior and been in an intimate relationship ever since. The pair argued. Toyer removed Bruno’s belongings from… Read more »