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Queensland’s Police Commissioner Under Fire Over Vaccine Mandates

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carrol has come under fire in the Supreme Court over her directive last year compelling officers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to keep their jobs A number of Queensland… Continue Reading →

The Offence of Misconduct with Regard to a Corpse in NSW

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog A man has been arrested over the theft of human body parts from graves at Melbourne’s Footscray Cemetery last month. Detectives arrested the 40-yesr old man at a residence just 10 minutes south of the… Continue Reading →

The Djokovic Saga: Another Example of Australian Authoritarianism at Work

Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware that Novak Djokovic lost his fight to stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open, and has now left the country. Initial… Continue Reading →

Doctors Face Deregistration for Expressing Concerns About COVID Vaccines. The Best of 2021.

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Healthcare professionals have been warned they could be stripped of their ability to practise if they disseminate information about Covid-19 vaccines which regulators consider to be false or misleading. The Medical Board of… Continue Reading →

Victoria Extends ‘State of Emergency’ for Nine Months

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. The Best of 2021. Originally published 11 March. The Victorian Government has extended the jurisdiction’s state of emergency until December 2021, despite falling Covid-19 numbers across the state. Under existing laws, this is… Continue Reading →

Australian Courts Clogged with Challenges to Thousands of COVID-19 Fines

Sophie Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. In New South Wales alone more than 7,000 people have sought reviews of Covid fines over the past several months, and most have failed, with only one in ten of the reviews lodged with Revenue… Continue Reading →

Surveillance State Grows Under the Cover of COVID

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Just quietly over the past couple of months, with the rest of Australia conveniently distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has introduced draft legislation with a view to creating what it… Continue Reading →

Outspoken Deputy President of Australia’s Fair Work Commission can no longer hear Vaccine Mandates Cases: Off to the Retraining Camps

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog Vaccine Mandates are creating havoc and promoting demonstrations around the world, no more so than in Australia. The Fair Work Commission’s Deputy President, Lyndall Dean, who expressed her views against vaccine mandates in… Continue Reading →

Workers Push Back Against Covid-19 Vaccination Mandates

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog The mandating of highly controversial vaccines, that is forcing a medical procedure onto an often reluctant populace, is creating havoc all around the world. No more so than in Australia, where this month… Continue Reading →

‘Freedom Day’ for Some, Discrimination Day for Others

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Welcome to ‘Freedom Day’, Monday 11th October. It’s the day for which many residents of Greater Sydney have been waiting for more than 15 weeks – 107 days to be precise. Non-essential businesses… Continue Reading →

Berejiklian’s “Shock Resignation” Was No Shock at All

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Many who watched the final press conference in which Gladys Berejiklian resigned from politics, have been wondering why the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)  had chosen a critical time in the State’s fight… Continue Reading →

Vaccine Mandates: Appeal Against Fair Work Commission

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. Last week, a full three member bench of the Fair Work Commission refused former aged-care facility receptionist, Jennifer Kimber’s, application to appeal a single member decision in April 2021 which found she had not been unfairly dismissed… Continue Reading →

Unvaccinated People Will Face Prison for Entering Venues, NSW Government Warns

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. The New South Wales Government has threatened ‘gaol time’ for unvaccinated people who attempt to enter venues in breach of forthcoming public health orders, which will limit entry to vaccinated persons only. The warning comes… Continue Reading →

Police Brutally Assault Anti-Lockdown Protester

By Sonia Hickey. Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. In amongst all the footage of this week’s Melbourne protests, a horrific video has emerged of a police officer approaching a man from behind and violently throwing him head first to the ground at Flinders… Continue Reading →

Sick Baby Trapped by Cruel Border Bureaucracy

By Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. The Queensland Government hit a new low this week, refusing to let a family with a sick child drive home from Sydney to quarantine at their isolated rural property, 250 kilometres west of… Continue Reading →

Proposed Law Seeks to Prohibit ‘COVID Passports’

By Sonia HIckey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog A Private Member’s Bill introduced in Federal Parliament aims to prohibit the introduction of COVID passports for use in Australia. The No Domestic COVID Vaccine Passports Bill 2021 has been put forth by Craig Kelly,… Continue Reading →

Carry a Mask and ID, or Face Court or a Hefty Fine. We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out.

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey: Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog It seems that hardly a week goes without the New South Wales government issuing a new public health order, or amending or adding to existing orders. As a consequence, it can… Continue Reading →

Council Confiscates and Destroys Homeless Woman’s Possessions During Lockdown

By Sonia Hickey, Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog. A local council in Perth has confiscated the meagre belongings of a homeless woman located at a public park where she had been sleeping, affixed labels warning of a $5,000 fine for illegal… Continue Reading →

What is a Contempt of Court? A Family Court Saga.

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedhim with Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog A man has taken the extraordinary step of personally suing a Family Court Judge after he was sent to prison for contempt of court during family law proceedings. The story so… Continue Reading →

Victorian Government Faces Court Over Lockdowns

By Sonia Hickey from The Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog The Victorian State Government is facing a number of court battles over the curfew and lockdowns imposed during stage four public health restrictions. A cafe owner has commenced civil proceedings against… Continue Reading →

Australia’s Move Towards Authoritarianism Under the Guise of Public Health

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim In times of uncertainty, people place enormous trust in leaders. And right now, many Australians have placed unwavering faith in the state, territory and federal governments to make sensible decisions to fight the coronavirus… Continue Reading →

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