Qld government plans to introduce new laws charging drivers $1000 for being on their phone Drug-Related Deaths at Festivals Prompt an Important Coronial Inquest The death of six young New South Wales residents has prompted a coronial inquest to scrutinise the circumstances surrounding their deaths. The tragic deaths are all said to be in relation to drug consumption at music festivals. Particular issues expected to be raised by a final report include: The benefits of pill-testing; Whether over-policing has a negative affect; and Whether sufficient medical support is available at festivals. Alex Ross-King Alex Ross-King, a 19 year old girl, died from a drug overdose at the FOMO Music Festival […]
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Qld government plans to introduce new laws charging drivers $1000 for being on their phone The Queensland government plans to introduce a fine of up to $1000 for drivers who are caught using their mobile phones while driving. Currently, the penalty for being on your phone while driving in Queenslandd is $400 and 3 demerit points. The government’s intended increase is in response to the shockingly high number of road deaths in recent months. Whilst there has long been a government crackdown on drink driving, officials believe that distracted drivers are also a major danger on our roads and that “simply not enough is being done.” Gatenby Criminal Lawyers will […]
NSW have introduced new laws affecting punishment for all levels of drink driving offences. The following changes impact NSW drivers: Swift and Certain loss of licence for lower-range offenders Mandatory Alcohol Interlock for mid-range offenders Vehicle Sanctions for high-risk drink drivers Swift And Certain Loss As of 20 May 2019, first-time offenders charged with low-range drink driving may have their licence immediately suspended for a period of 3 months. There is additionally a $561 fine. For repeat offenders and / or higher range offences, the penalties increase from there. This applies to all drivers charged on NSW roads from Monday 20 May 2019. Alcohol Interlock Laws Previously, […]
During the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Queensland Police tried out a new technology with the aim to detect high-profile and target faces. From an internal police report released as a matter of public interest, we now know that the deployment was rushed and there were technical difficulties with the system. Both the Queensland and Federal Government denied important legislation that resulted in the system’s database being reduced by almost 40 million images. With a ~500% reduction in reference images, the facial recognition system was somewhat doomed from the start. Starting with focus on 16 high-priority targets, the system was unable to detect any of said 16. It is currently unclear […]
We are back at work for 2019 and are looking forward to getting the best results for our clients in 2019. Our Principal, Michael Gatenby, has been featured in the Gold Coast Bulletin today commenting on the Consorting Laws. If you have any questions or have been served with a notice please contact our office to make an appointment on 55800120.
Southern Queensland Correctional Centre has now shut down. It is being renovated and is to reopen as a second Women’s prison in early 2019. Accordingly the majority of the inmates have been transferred to Borallon Training and Correctional Centre, just 15 minutes outside of Ipswich.
On 26 October 2017, the Sentencing Advisory Council received Terms of Reference from the Attorney General regarding the “penalties imposed on sentence for criminal offences arising from the death of a child” The AG noted that there has been commentary expressing the view that the penalties imposed for these offences may not be meeting the expectations of the community. In announcing the review the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council noted “In 2015–16, the deaths of 390 children and young people were registered in Queensland. Nine of these children and young people died as a result of suspected or confirmed assault and/or negligence. Six of these children were alleged to have been […]