Driving Without a Licence

10 Nov

Driving Without a Licence

To drive in the state of Queensland, you must hold a valid drivers licence. If you do not have a valid drivers licence and continue to drive, this is known as unlicensed driving. Typically, unlicensed driving occurs where individuals have lost their licence due to loss of demerit points, failing…

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30 Aug

Property and Sentimental Value

Sentimental Value in Property Settlement In determining how the property pool is split, the Court has previously highlighted the difficult, and sometimes unique circumstances where one party may have sentimental value in an asset. In one particular case, the Husband of the proceedings was given 14 days to retrieve the…

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25 Jun

Relationships, Age and Criminal Law

The international US story of a 34-year-old female teacher (Letourneau) who seduced one of her 12-year-old student (Fualaau) into a relationship raises clear questions as to how this situation would be dealt with under Australian Law. Letourneau originally pleaded guilty to two counts of felony second-degree rape of a child…

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25 Feb

Smoking Laws in Queensland

Proposed Smoking Ban and the Effect on Queensland Sydney council has proposed a smoking ban in the second-largest CBD, essentially creating the first national-first smoking ban. The North Sydney council members hope to reduce the current smoking rates by as much as 50% in the coming months, with hopes to…

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21 Feb

Drink Driving is Not Only for Cars

Is Drink Driving Only Applicable For Cars? Nope! If you are caught drink driving, there is a strong chance the vehicle will either be a car or motorcycle. These two categories of transport form approximately 98% of current drink driving charges in Queensland. However, these are not the only forms…

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31 Jan

Marriage Equality and Same-Sex Divorce in Australia

Since the implementation of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, factors such as sex and gender no longer affect Australian marriage rights, with same-sex marriage now legal amongst all states and territories. These changes altered the existing Marriage Act 1961, redefining marriage to be ‘the union of…

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02 Jan

Sentencing Approaches Undertaken by the Court

In the last five years, the High Court of Australia has heavily criticised sentencing principles which implement an oversimplified approach and place significant weight to broad sentencing ranges and individual factors. As a result of this increased criticism, the court’s approach has slowly shifted to sentencing approaches which implement an…

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02 Apr

Caught With Drugs? Try Drug Court

Recovery, Respect, and Hope Offered by Traditional Court Alternative A successful initiative in the Victorian Magistrates Court is assisting drug-addicted parents to get their lives back on track and resume their role in their children’s lives. The Dandenong Drug Court, recently featured in television and print media, was introduced in…

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17 Nov

AUSTRALIANS EMPHATICALLY VOTE YES FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE NATIONWIDE

The YES Vote Wins! So where to from here, and what does it mean for same sex rights? It was an awesome sight to see how Australia stood still to hear the news that, we the people, voted in the majority to legally allow same sex couples to marry.  The…

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28 Oct

Wow I won Gold Lotto! What will I do with my $1M bucks?

Hang on.  If you are in a relationship, does your partner have an interest? Unfortunately, the winning may not all be yours.  How would the Family Court view it?   A windfall can either be a sizable inheritance or a lotto win. In the eyes of the Family Court an…

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