Section 10 of the Crimes, Sentencing Procedure Act gives a judge the opportunity to consider all the relevant factors in a case, and record a conviction without penalty - here's what you need to knowRead More
There’s no requirement to confess. If you’re stopped by the cops, bear in mind that you might be filmed and the conversation might be recorded. If you make an admission – even as a joke – you could easily sink yourself later, in courtRead More
Are you a road-rule idiot? Take this multiple-choice road rules test for dummies and find out
Note: This road rules test is based on road rules for NSW (Australia) – but it's broadly applicable to the rest of Australia too. Should prove very confusing for overseas visitors – especially those from left-hand drive markets (like Europe, America, China, Korea, etc.) If that’s you, just imagine what driving looks like in the mirror…Read More
Brace yourself for a shock. The law doesn't differentiate between public and private property when it comes to where the road rules apply. This can have startling, and sobering, consequences. Just below is an example that relates to being on a camping trip in a 4X4, but the same principle applies in the car park of a major shopping centre.
Let’s say you’re in the bush. Let’s say you’re camped on an outback station, on private property that’s open to the public. Legally. A place where recreational camping is allowed. Encouraged, even, as a source of revenue for the grazier. The sun’s setting. You’re on the bank of a choice creek. It’s been a textbook day. Half a dozen fresh fish on the barbecue plate (bad day for them; a good one for you), and you’re swapping lies with mates, with a few beers to chase them down.
A light chill is creeping in as the sun sets. You decide that maybe there isn’t enough firewood at hand