Crime News

NSW Bill Increasing Police Powers In Terror Situations Rushed Through Parliament

Thursday 22 June 2017 @ 11.56 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Powers and Parole) Bill 2017, which was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by Premier Gladys Berejiklian on 21 June 2017, has been passed through both houses of Parliament in the space of one day’s sitting.  The Bill allows the Commissioner of Police to make a declaration that an incident to which police officers are responding is or is likely to be a terrorist act.  The police will then be able to take pre-emptive action against terrorists.  The Bill also makes some changes to the grant of parole for people deemed to be "terrorism related offenders"

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The Queen v Dickman [2017] HCA 24: Probative Value of Identification Evidence

Wednesday 21 June 2017 @ 1.02 p.m. | Crime

Today (21 June 2017), the High Court has unanimously allowed an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria in the case of The Queen v Dickman [2017] HCA 24.

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Rizeq v State of Western Australia [2017] HCA 23: Federal or State Laws in Jury Trials

Wednesday 21 June 2017 @ 12.00 p.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

In John Rizeq v The State of Western Australia [2017] HCA 23 (21 June 2017), the  High Court of Australia has unanimously dismissed an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of WA relating to two drug convictions (see Rizeq v The State of Western Australia [No 2] [2015] WASCA 165 (24 August 2015) and Rizeq v The State of Western Australia [2015] WASCA 81 (29 April 2015)) .

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GAX v The Queen [2017] HCA 25: Indecent Dealings with a Minor

Wednesday 21 June 2017 @ 11.47 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

Today (21 June 2017) the High Court has unanimously allowed an appeal in the case of GAX v The Queen [2017] HCA 25. The Full Court allowed the appeal and set aside the conviction and entered a verdict of acquittal for the appellant, holding that count three of a series of offences relating to indecent dealings with a minor was not proven beyond reasonable doubt.

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Driverless Cars Being Considered in Parliamentary Inquiry

Tuesday 20 June 2017 @ 11.10 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources is currently running an inquiry into driverless vehicles in Australia, focusing on issues surrounding social acceptance, safety of passengers and other road users, and liability issues. The Federal Government invested 12 million in a two year long programme to test advancements in GPS technology for driverless cars, known as the Satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). In Victoria, Transurban and VicRoads are also currently testing how vehicles with limited self-driving capacity react and adapt to Victorian roads.

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