That’s the Law is a fortnightly column written by Michael Evans and published in the Central Western Daily in Orange, NSW that examines all aspects of the law.

18Sep
Driver’s Licence Disqualification Reforms

Driver’s Licence Disqualification Reforms

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If you’ve spent any time in the Local Court, you will probably know that it’s commonplace for disqualified drivers to jump behind the wheel notwithstanding being disqualified. The Bureau of Crime Statistic and Research has...
1Sep
Criminalising Revenge Porn

Criminalising Revenge Porn

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Paris Hilton did it… and unfortunately most people saw her do it. Years later, following Paris’ classy lead, Kim Kardashian followed suit and her career rocketed from non-existent to omni-present. In New South Wales however,...
16Aug
Democracy is in the air!

Democracy is in the air!

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It’s not only spring in the air in the Central West this year, those of us with all of our olfactory senses can also get a strong whiff of democracy on the breeze. Local Government...
17Jul
What Constitutes ‘Work Drinks’?

What Constitutes ‘Work Drinks’?

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Picture this… one day your employer invites you and your work mates to an exclusive, staff only party. It’s a soft opening of a new hip bar in town. The invitation states that there will...
3Jul
Grapes of Wrath – Slipping and Winning

Grapes of Wrath – Slipping and Winning

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There is no denying it. The fruit and vegetable aisles of our supermarkets are dangerous. Couple this accident-prone area with poor choice of footwear (think thongs, however ugg boots are probably ill-advised too) and you...
24May
Are you down with the 457?

Are you down with the 457?

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The Federal Government took all of those in the migration law sphere completely by surprise recently when it announced (on Facebook, because it’s hip, flexible, and innovative) that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa subclass 457...
22May
Balancing the scales with employment amendment

Balancing the scales with employment amendment

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Each successive Government wants to show the Australian people that they advance Australia fair and that, despite perceived party standing points, their Government unlike any before upholds an egalitarian system. The best way to prove their...
10Apr
Justice Delivered?

Justice Delivered?

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We recently came into possession of a wonderful judgment from the Court of Quarter Sessions at Cowra in 1973. The judgment is fascinating both for the wonderful prose used, but also as an insight into...
13Mar
On the Beat with our Consumer Cop

On the Beat with our Consumer Cop

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has a wide range of responsibilities.  It is tasked with enforcing compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, related legislation and with “promoting competition, fair trading and...
16Jan
A Flight Path for Summary Dismissal?

A Flight Path for Summary Dismissal?

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With the six-monthly release of our federal politician’s expenses claims comes the ritual hunting down of the most profligate spenders. The last great hunt claimed the scalp of Browyn “Chopper” Bishop, this time around the...
19Dec
The Six Million Dollar Headache

The Six Million Dollar Headache

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The Federal Court has given pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser (RB) a bitter pill to swallow in handing down a recent judgment. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought a prosecution against RB for conduct...
21Nov

The Vibe on Defamation

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It’s now a cliché to remark on the increasingly interconnected nature of human relationships, and the speed with which “news” can travel. Social media means that a remark made to one person can very quickly...
7Nov

63 Not Out

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As you may have seen elsewhere Magistrate Barnes, State Coroner, handed down his findings into the tragic death of Philip Hughes on 4 November 2016. The coronial inquiry was heard between 10 and 14 October...
10Oct

Three into One Does Go

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The long running saga of the NSW Government’s proposal to merge Cabonne, Blayney and Orange City Councils appears to be over. In its decision handed down on 7 October 2016 the Court dismissed the application...
26Sep

A Setback for Slumlords

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All of us at one time or another have lived in houses that wouldn’t feature in lifestyle magazines. Anyone who’s been in a share house knows exactly what I mean. At least if you own...
29Aug

A Discriminating Society?

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Discrimination is one of the areas that the law has had an increasing focus on. There are restrictions on discrimination based on racial, gender, disability, and many other grounds. Generally speaking complaints about discrimination must...