Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter announced that sabotaging food will now attract a penalty of up to 15 years’ imprisonment.
After a spate of sewing needles being found in strawberries, the federal government has moved quickly to tighten penalties for those who sabotage fruit. But it is unlikely to be a strong deterrent.
Beyond a physical inspection, what constitutes a search?
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A recent US Supreme Court ruling marks a new milestone in the debate over police power and privacy in the digital age.
The 2018 cast of Love Island.
Reality TV shows depicting relationships are popular, but a tolerance of abusive behaviour is also being exposed to a wide audience – including younger viewers.
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Twitter posts and messages on WhatsApp can come back to haunt you, even years later.
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Cases like Daryll Rowe's are very rare, but they have the power to transform both the law and public opinion.
Gerald Stanley enters the courthouse in Battleford, Sask., in February 2018 during his trial in the death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man. The use by Stanley’s defence team of peremptory challenges produced an all-white jury in his trial.
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The Canadian government's criminal justice bill would abolish what are known as peremptory challenges. Here's why that's long overdue.
South African court rules that racism is a criminal offence.
Past cases indicate that verbal crimen injuria is not that serious. But a landmark sentence in South Africa has changed that.
The charges against a 59-year-old Sydney man relate to UN sanctions and Australian autonomous sanctions.
The charges against a Sydney man for allegedly acting as an 'economic agent' for North Korea are set against the background of recent tougher UN sanctions against the rogue nation.
Former TV reporter Ben McCormack’s lawyer suggested McCormack’s online chats discussing child sex abuse were ‘fantasy talk’.
There are some online child sex abuse offences in Australia for which a defendant’s claim that they were purely fantasising could excuse criminal liability.
Brain-reading technology can still be tricked.
Most Australians would agree they have a right to privacy, a right not to incriminate themselves, and a right to freedom of thought. Brain fingerprinting threatens all three.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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What is a grand jury, who serves on it and what is it used for? A criminal law expert tells you everything you need to know.
Different local or state government laws apply in different parts of the country in Australia, Germany, the US and Mexico.
Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.
Whether such a verdict would be handed down in Australia remains to be seen, but there are a few things we do know about cases like this one.
Michelle Carter after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
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When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
Chief John Big Tree, Dark Cloud, Jack Cosgrave, Adda Gleason and Robert Goldstein in The Spirit of ‘76 (1917).
During the war, fear of being undermined by the enemy sparked restrictions on freedom of speech. As a result, thousands of Americans were prosecuted.
Actor and presenter Faustina Agolley speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, panellist Faustina Agolley questioned whether there were laws protecting against revenge porn in Australia. As it turns out, it all depends on where you live.
Full-body projection of a witness on glass.
Augmented reality and holographic projections could hold benefits for victims testifying against sexual assault.
About 200 convicted illegal immigrants serving their sentences before being deported, in Phoenix.
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In his first year of office, Trump's immigration policy will likely focus not on building an expensive wall, but rather on the work that earned Obama the nickname 'Deporter in Chief.'
The University of Wollongong's Dr Siobhan McHugh (consulting producer on Fairfax's Phoebe's Fall podcast) speaks with Julie Snyder, Executive Producer of Serial, about making serial audio and the impact of podcasting.
A new focus for the Clinton email inquiry: Huma Abedin.
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Huma Abedin's emails belong to her; the search warrant should be served upon her. Once that happens, she can challenge the warrant's legality.