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Human rights in Australia

Human rights in Australia

Human rights are a basic set of rights and freedoms available to everyone. We look at the differences between the Federal and State laws and your options if your human rights are breached.
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Defences and penalties for the charge of common assault

Common assault

Your guide to what constitutes assault, what the prosecution must prove to be found guilty, defences available and penalties if convicted.
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What is publicly available in criminal proceedings?

Are criminal charges against a person publicly available?

If you are charged with a criminal offence, what are the chances of those charges, including your name, being made publicly available (including to the media), regardless of the ultimate outcome?
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Legal definitions of discrimination in Australia

What does the law say about discrimination?

A close look at Federal and Queensland-based laws that protect rights against discrimination, along with your options to pursue legal recourse if you experience discrimination.
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Drink driving defence when breath test was hours after driving

Drink driving defence – alcohol consumption was after driving

If you're charged with drink driving, the prosecution must prove that you drove a motor vehicle and that at the time of driving, you were under the influence of alcohol. Proving the offence can become much more difficult if you were breath-tested at a time when you were no longer driving.
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Stop sexual harassment at work orders

Sexual harassment at work – significant changes to the law

Federal sexual harassment laws cover workers nationwide and are designed to improve protection and increase empowerment of workers.
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What is a committal hearing?

What is a committal hearing?

A committal hearing is a preliminary hearing held in the Magistrates Court to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for an accused person to stand trial in a higher court.
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Amended guidelines to assess weapons licensing in Queensland

Amended guidelines to assess weapons licensing in Queensland

Amendments to weapons licencing assessments have seen an apparent increase in the number of refusals to grant or renew a license. If you've had an adverse decision about your application, you have 28 days to appeal to QCAT.
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Offences related to accessory or party to a crime

Being an accessory to (“aiding and abetting”) a crime

It is possible that someone can be convicted of an offence even though not performing any of the acts or omissions which constitute the offence. Such people are known as a “party” to the offence, sometimes also called an “accomplice” or an “accessory”.
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What is double jeopardy in criminal law?

What is double jeopardy?

A second prosecution can’t be brought after an acquittal and a person can’t be further punished after being convicted and sentenced. The legal principle that ensures this is commonly referred to as “double jeopardy”.
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Police powers to seize and deal with property

Police powers to seize and deal with property

This article looks at what powers police have to seize property, when police have to return that property, and how the property might otherwise be forfeited if seized.
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Taking immediate action against health professionals when in the public interest

Health professionals and immediate registration action when in the public interest

As of 1 March 2018, the power to take immediate registration action against a health practitioner was extended to include the power to take such action if the Health Ombudsman reasonably believes the action is “otherwise in the public interest”.
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