Conflict of interest in local government

The below reviews found evidence of widespread problems of governance on the local level, in particular a failure to separate the functions of the councillors adequately from those of the council administration. Many councils had practices that, at best, lead to a lack of transparency and, at worst, allow opportunities for corrupt conduct. Specific recommendations Read More …

SENTENCING ACT ~ “Dismiss the Charge”

Below is a collection of provisions of each of the States and Territories Sentencing Acts to allow one to have a charge dismissed without recording a conviction.     Victoria SENTENCING ACT 1991 – SECT 76 Unconditional dismissal A court, on being satisfied that a person is guilty of an offence, may (without recording a Read More …

South Australia ~ Referendums.

A referendum allows eligible electors to express an opinion on adopting or changing public policy issues or their constitution. In Australia, referenda are initiated by the Commonwealth, State or Territory parliaments. Like general elections, voting in referenda is compulsory for all enrolled electors. Australia’s first ever referendum was held in South Australia in 1896 and Read More …

Future of handheld police speed guns in doubt in SA after Supreme Court judgments

Three drivers successfully challenged speeding fines they were issued.(ABC TV) Share The use of handheld speed guns by South Australian police has an uncertain future, after a series of landmark judgments in the Supreme Court. Key points: Three Supreme Court judgments have overturned fines for speeding detected using speed guns They were based on another Read More …

SA Police to withdraw use of laser speed guns following court cases

South Australian police have temporarily stopped using handheld speed detection laser guns, and will abandon 125 prosecutions against drivers. Key points: Several people have challenged speeding fines where a Lidar device was used Drivers who have unpaid speeding fines can ask for them to be reviewed SA Police said they had “no reason to question Read More …

Speeding fine challenges likely after landmark South Australian court ruling, lawyer says

  The accuracy of hand-held speed detection devices are under the spotlight.(ABC TV) Share More drivers are expected to challenge speeding fines after an Adelaide man successfully challenged the accuracy of hand-held speed guns used by South Australian police. Adam Butcher’s charge of driving at 102 kilometres per hour in a 50kph zone in 2012 Read More …

Adelaide man gets off red-light camera fine because no-one tested cars going through it on red

By Eugene Boisvert The red-light camera was last tested on February 26 but not with cars going through a red light.(File: ABC News) Share An Adelaide man has had a red-light camera fine overturned because it was never tested while cars were going through the intersection on a red light. Key points: David Woolmer’s car Read More …