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    A statement by the New South Wales Bar Association All members of the community, including those who occupy leadership positions, need to be mindful that comments should not be made that have the tendency to incite hatred or violence towards any Australian based on their religious beliefs. Comments which purport to link the wearing of clothing based… Read more »

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    The government’s proposed changes to the Bail Act, which only commenced on 20 May this year, are a retrograde step which has the potential to threaten fundamental legal rights, the president of the New South Wales Bar Association Jane Needham SC said today. The government proposals, based on the recommendations of the Hatzistergos Bail report, bring back special… Read more »

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    The President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Jane Needham SC, today urged the NSW Government to exercise caution in relation to the premature review of the new Bail Act provisions which only commenced operation on 20 May 2014. Last week the Government announced that a review would be conducted of the new Bail Act by… Read more »

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    The Legislative Council has passed an amendment to the Crimes Amendment (Intoxication) Bill 2014. That amendment replaces proposed offences with respect to which to which mandatory minimum sentences are to be imposed with an offence of ‘Reckless grievous bodily harm when intoxicated in public and in circumstances of gross violence’. That offence will have a minimum penalty of… Read more »

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    Cuts to commonwealth legal aid funding announced in last night’s federal budget will adversely impact on parties, courts and the justice system as a whole, the president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Phillip Boulten SC said today. ‘The Commonwealth government is steadily reducing its contribution under the national legal aid joint funding arrangement with the states… Read more »