Involuntary admissions

Most people are probably aware that it is possible to be admitted, against your wishes, to a mental health facility.  What people probably haven't thought about is what they should do if it happens to them, or somebody they love. In Australia we still have a common...

Licence Suspension

Did you know that if you don't vote at a local election and then don't pay your fine your driving licence can be suspended?  This can happen even if you don't pay the fine because you didn't receive the notice.  It can also happen because it takes so long for the...

Mental Health Laws

A section in the mental health laws allows a Court, when it is dealing with someone charged with criminal offences, to not convict at all and instead order the offender to comply with a mental health treatment plan.   Whether or not a Court is prepared to do this is...

Consent and sexual assault

Why is consent important? At the moment we are seeing a lot of articles about consent, the importance of consent, and how to tell if you have consent.  This is an important topic, because of the damage done to the victim, and the potential criminal penalties for sex...

Potential changes to meta data laws

      What is happening? As stated on the Attorney General's website: The Attorney-General’s Department is inviting submissions to support a review by the Minister for Communications and the Attorney-General into access to telecommunications data in civil...

Recent changes to AVOs

Most people are aware that the courts can issue Apprehended Violence Orders to try and give people some protection when they are threatened or feel intimidated.  The type of Orders that can be made were updated in December 2016 and the forms now provide a plain...