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FIRST HOME OWNER GRANT: HAVE YOU BROKEN THE LAW?

July 13, 2017

FIRST HOME OWNER GRANT: HAVE YOU BROKEN THE LAW? – By Marwa Shabbar – It’s a scheme that has helped thousands of Australians to achieve their dream of home ownership. As property prices continue to rise, it’s become an increasingly important aspect of property transactions. But like all things, the nationally implemented First Home Owner Grant (FHOG)…

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CRIMINAL LAW: BAIL ACCOMMODATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME OPENS IN THE PORT

July 11, 2017

CRIMINAL LAW: BAIL ACCOMMODATION SUPPORT PROGRAMME OPENS IN THE PORT – By Naomi Hill – Imagine that you are charged with a criminal offence. You’ve been granted bail but have nowhere to live. What happens to you? You could be kept (remanded) in custody until your case is determined. That means that you’re imprisoned – even if you’re…

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AGGRAVATED DRIVING WITHOUT DUE CARE: DOES IT MEAN IMPRISONMENT?

June 14, 2017

AGGRAVATED DRIVING WITHOUT DUE CARE: DOES IT MEAN IMPRISONMENT? – By Henry James – A woman was charged with an aggravated driving offence and received a 3 month prison sentence. Why? Because she mistook her car accelerator for the brake, causing her to plough through a shop window and injure pedestrians. The woman was in…

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IF I’M PLEADING GUILTY, WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER?

June 1, 2017

IF I’M PLEADING GUILTY, WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER? – By Henry James – A man’s four year prison term was set aside after he pleaded guilty to assault charges without first getting legal advice. This case is a powerful illustration of how important it is to critically evaluate all the information before the…

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DRIVER DISTRACTION: “BUT I ONLY LOOKED AWAY FOR A SECOND!”

May 31, 2017

DRIVER DISTRACTION: “BUT I ONLY LOOKED AWAY FOR A SECOND!” – By Chloe Goldsworthy – Have you ever been tempted to look at your mobile phone whilst driving? Thanks to some fairly confronting media campaigns, most people know that it’s a traffic offence, but many can’t resist. What might not be quite as well known…

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CRIMINAL LAW: WHAT IS A PSYCHIC ASSAULT?

April 28, 2017

CRIMINAL LAW: WHAT IS A PSYCHIC ASSAULT? – By Naomi Hill – Most people think that the term “assault” means being physically injured or hurt in some way by another person. But did you know that you can be assaulted without even being touched? This is sometimes known as “psychic assault,” but no superpowers are…

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VISA CANCELLATION ON CHARACTER GROUNDS: CAN IT BE CHALLENGED?

April 20, 2017

VISA CANCELLATION ON CHARACTER GROUNDS: CAN IT BE CHALLENGED? When a man’s temporary migration visa was cancelled because of his substantial criminal record including domestic violence, he took his case to the Federal Court to have the decision overturned. It raised some interesting questions about what the Australian Government takes into account when deciding to…

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CRIMINAL LAW: I’VE BEEN ARRESTED. NOW WHAT?

April 12, 2017

CRIMINAL LAW: I’VE BEEN ARRESTED. NOW WHAT? – By Naomi Hill – Being arrested can be stressful and frightening. If you don’t understand what’s going on, it can be even more difficult. The key to handling the situation is to remain calm and behave in a polite and cooperative manner. And there’s no doubt that…

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WHEN CAN AN INTERVENTION ORDER BE VARIED OR REVOKED?

April 6, 2017

WHEN CAN AN INTERVENTION ORDER BE VARIED OR REVOKED? – By Chloe Goldsworthy – A man agreed to a final intervention order in exchange for the criminal charges against him being dropped. But when he later tried to have the order revoked, he found himself in significant difficulty. This case is a useful reminder to…

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WHEN CAN A CHILD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A CRIME?

March 15, 2017

WHEN CAN A CHILD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A CRIME? – By Henry James – When can a child be found criminally responsible for a crime? It’s a discussion that crops up every now and again, usually in fairly unpleasant circumstances. Take, for example, the terrible British case in which toddler James Bulger was lured away…

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