Book on Croatian Six case published

Hamish McDonald, Walkley winning journalist, has published a fascinating book on the Croatian 6 case 'Reasonable Doubt: Spies, Police and the Croatian Six' to be launched at the Sydney Law School on 30 April 2019. As the solicitor who marshalled the 2012 application for the review of the Croatian 6's convictions, Sebastian De Brennan (now a barrister) has been invited to speak as a panellist at the Sydney Law School event: https://wordvine.sydney.edu.au/files/2914/23206/#head-1qu72gf-b-features-reasonable-doubt-spies-police-and-the-croatian-six Mr McDonald was also kind enough to acknowledge Mr De Brennan in his book at page 249. For an overview of the case, see: https://www.smh.com.au/natio

Working with Children Checks

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide a summary and general overview only. It is not intended to be, nor does it constitute, legal advice. You should seek legal advice from a barrister or solicitor working in the area of working with children checks before acting or relying on any of its content. Since 2013, under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (NSW) (‘the Act’), those wishing to engage in paid or volunteer work involving direct contact with children need to apply to the NSW Children’s Guardian for a working with children check clearance. Working with children checks are now ubiquitous. Contrary to popular belief, these checks do not only take into account co

Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)

On 1 November 2018, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) came into effect. The AFCA replaces the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the Credit and Investment Ombudsman (CIO) and the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT), with consumers now enjoying a single “one stop shop” for their external dispute resolution in realtion to financial products and services. Importantly, the AFCA has increased the jurisdictional limits for some financial disputes.

Family Court merger scrapped!

Was pleased to read the following media release by the Law Council of Australia yesterday: Thursday, 4 April 2019 Rejection of ‘deeply flawed’ Family Court merger plan a win for Australian families Australian families are better off with a stand-alone, specialised Family Court, said the Law Council of Australia, who applauded the Senate’s rejection of a court merger. Since legislation was first touted in May 2018, the Law Council has fought hard to ensure that a merger of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court of Australia did not occur. Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC, said the deeply flawed model had the potential of putting vulnerable families and children at risk of inadequate

EPAC Review by the Department of Education

Disclaimer: Please note the below is not intended to be, nor does it constitute, legal advice. You should seek legal advice from a lawyer (whether barrister or solicitor) working in the area of education law, employment law and/or with direct experience working in EPAC investigations and inquiries before acting or relying on any of its content. In what many who have been involved in EPAC investigations would describe as timely, I see that the NSW Department of Education is conducting a review of the Employee Performance and Conduct (EPAC) Directorate. According to the Department of Education’s website, the purpose of the review is to: …examine and make recommendations to the Secretary of the

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