Crime News

WA Introduces Bill To Allow Minister To Direct Mass Murderers Not Be Considered For Parole

Friday 23 November 2018 @ 11.05 a.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On 18 October 2018 the WA Attorney General, Mr J.R. Quigley, introduced the Sentence Administration Amendment (Multiple Murderers) Bill 2018 (the Bill) into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill aims to establish a scheme of Ministerial directions by which a Minister may direct that a "designated prisoner', who is a convicted "mass murderer or serial killer", must not be considered for any parole or re-socialisation programmes. The WA Government sees the Bill as delivering on a key election commitment to help limit  trauma to the survivors of crime as well as the family and friends of murder victims.

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Queensland Bill to Reverse Presumption of Bail for Terrorist Offences

Thursday 22 November 2018 @ 11.36 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

On 13 November 2018, the Queensland Government introduced the Justice Legislation (Links to Terrorist Activity) Amendment Bill 2018 (QLD) (‘the Bill’). This Bill is for the purpose of implementing the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) commitment on terrorism by making amendments to the statutory presumption in favour of bail.

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Tasmania Introduces Bill To Update Legislation As A Result Of ACC and CrimTrac Merger

Wednesday 21 November 2018 @ 1.46 p.m. | Crime | Legal Research

On 28 August 2018, the Australian Crime Commission Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018 (“the Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania Parliament’s House of Assembly ("the Assembly") by the Hon Michael Ferguson.

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Tendency Evidence: McPhillamy v The Queen [2018] HCA 52

Thursday 8 November 2018 @ 1.47 p.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure

In Richard John McPhillamy v The Queen [2018] HCA 52 (8 November 2018), the High Court of Australia has delivered its reasons for orders it made on 9 August 2018, allowing an appeal from the Court of Criminal Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW, quashing the appellant's convictions and directing a new trial (see McPhillamy v R [2017] NSWCCA 130 (14 June 2017)).

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Package of Surveillance, Identity Matching and Police Powers Bills Introduced Into NSW Parliament 

Tuesday 23 October 2018 @ 2.03 p.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The Surveillance Devices Amendment (Statutory Review) Bill 2018 (NSW) (‘the Surveillance Bill’) was introduced to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on 17 October 2018. The Surveillance Bill was introduced cognate with the Road Transport Amendment (National Facial Biometric Matching Capability) Bill 2018 (NSW) (‘the Transport Bill’) and the Terrorism (Police Powers) Amendment (Statutory Review) Bill 2018 (NSW) (‘the Terrorism Bill’).

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