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On 21 September 2017, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 was introduced into the NSW Legislative Council. This paper compares it with a similar Bill in Victoria.
Overview: The issue of alcohol-related violence, and in particular violence occurring in and around licensed premises, has been at the forefront of debate in NSW for several years. A range of measures have been introduced to tackle this problem, including those announced by Premier...
This paper reviews the reforms introduced over the life of the 55th NSW Parliament, from 2011 to 2015, intended to address concerns about integrity in government
When the Coalition came to government in 2011 they did so with a Five Point...
Examines community perceptions of crime and safety, offender rates and characteristics, crime rates, victims; measures of policy effectiveness, courts (including bail and sentencing outcomes);recidivism; corrections (including prison population levels); and expenditure on the criminal justice system.
Summary Crime and justice are complex and...
This paper summarises the contentious issue of anti-gang legislation and whether it contravenes the implied freedom of political communication under the Commonwealth Constitution.
On 8 October 2014 the High Court handed down its decision in Tajjour v NSW  HCA 35...
This paper discusses new legislation being considered in New South Wales, aimed at enabling prosecutions in cases where an injury to a child could only have been inflicted by one of two or more persons who were at home with the child, but where there...
This paper outlines the results of recent Australian research studies on public attitudes to sentencing.
The former NSW Chief Justice, James Spigelman AC QC, commented that “sentencing engages the interest, and sometimes the passion, of the public at large more than...
Introduction: In recent years, most States and Territories have enacted legislation that gives authorities greater powers to tackle gang related crime. Often the stated aims of governments when introducing such laws has been to target the activities of motorcycle clubs (sometimes referred to as...