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Animal Cruelty: The Law in Queensland

WHILE cruelty or neglect of an animal can have serious consequences for a family pet, it can also carry penalties as serious as those issued by a court for assaulting a human. In Queensland, animal welfare is governed by the Animal Care and Protection Act, which is...

Tracking Devices: An Update to Bail In Queensland

Bail is at the end of the day a cornerstone of our justice system and something that the Court takes very seriously. Simply put bail is a written promise by a person to come back to court, as and when directed, and to comply with any conditions the court may impose in...

The Drug and Alcohol Court

On the 24th day of October 2017 the Queensland Government passed the Penalties and Sentences (Drug and Alcohol Treatment Orders) and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. The Bill was introduced into Parliament on the 10th day of August 2017 with a view to enabling...

Proposed changes to Bikie laws

On 31 March, the Taskforce on Organised Crime Legislation handed its report to Attorney-General Yvette D’Aath. The Taskforce was entrusted to review a raft of legislation passed in 2013 by the former Newman Government, the most prominent of which was the Vicious...

Legal cannabis? Could it happen?

The Queensland Government has recently announced a proposed Bill to legalise medicinal marijuana, which Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk says represents “the most progressive laws in the country”. The Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 was made available...