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HIGH COURT: Do those working in government roles hold a constitutionally implied freedom of political communication?

Comcare v Michaela Banerji [2019] HCA 23 By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates13 July 2021 On 7 August 2019, the High Court of Australia handed down what is being described as a landmark decision which decided whether certain “impugned” provisions of the Public Service Act imposed an unjustified…

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Failing to Report Sexual Abuse = Maximum of 3 Years Jail

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates05 July 2021 As of today, 5 July 2021, a new offence pursuant to section 229BC of the Criminal Code comes into force.  This new offence requires all adults, who believe on reasonable grounds that a child is a victim of sexual abuse,…

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Changes to the Workers’ Compensation Scheme

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates28 May 2021 Queensland Parliament passed the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 on 12 May 2021, with changes to the workers’ compensation scheme that will commence on assent. The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill…

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High Profile Crimes That Reshaped The Law In Queensland – Part 4

Double Jeopardy – Raymond John Carroll By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates 13 May 2020 The cases involving Raymond John Carroll have caused perhaps the biggest legislative reforms in Queensland’s legal history.  Legal principles of aurfious aquit and aurfious convict (double jeopardy) have been around for more than…

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High Profile Crimes That Reshaped The Law In Queensland – Part 3

Gabe Watson and Dionne Lacey By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and AssociatesDate 2020 Introductory Remarks The Gabe Watson case has obviously triggered a lot of interest amongst police in regard to the prosecution’s position at sentence when considering an appeal. Police become frustrated when a Magistrate makes what are…

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Brisbane Lockdown 08/01/2021

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates08 January 2021, 11:30am A cleaner at a quarantine hotel yesterday tested positive to the new highly infectious strain of Corona Virus which has largely only been seen before this week in the United Kingdom.  Due to the new strain having entered QLD,…

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Open Letter to Young Aspiring Lawyers

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates23 December 2020 Dear Aspiring Lawyers, It is the end of perhaps the most challenging and bizarre year of this generation.  More than a few will be looking forward to the start of a new year and the challenges and new adventures it…

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Afghanistan Inquiry Report

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates02 December 2020 In March 2016, the General-Inspector of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) opened an investigation into serious misconduct (including allegations of war crimes) committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2016.  After 4 years of inquiry, a report has…

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Lawyer X Royal Commission Report

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates30 November 2020 In March 2019, the infamous Lawyer X was revealed to be Nicola Gobbo, gangland defence barrister, who represented numerous Melbourne underworld figures whilst simultaneously a police informant.  Today, the Hon. Margaret McMurdo AC delivered a report of the Royal Commission’s…

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Commonwealth Integrity Commission

By Calvin Gnech, Criminal Lawyer and Legal Practice Director at Gnech and Associates6 November 2020 Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter has released draft legislation regarding a proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC).  The legislation seeks to establish a powerful federal anti-corruption agency, a measure many believe is a much needed step towards strengthening confidence in the integrity…

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