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COVID FLUX

COVID FLUX

With COVID-19 directives flying thick and fast from both federal and state institutions, many of us may be getting a little confused about precisely...

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NO ORDINARY TIME

NO ORDINARY TIME

It's sometimes said that one man's loss is another man's profit, and that's evidently true, even in these strange and troubled times. Just ask all...

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MALICE AFORETHOUGHT

MALICE AFORETHOUGHT

Last week, a Queensland mother became the first person to be charged under the State’s new, expanded definition of murder laws, after allegedly...

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YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE

YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE

School’s out! So hold onto your hats, folks, it's on again. As thousands of school-leavers descend upon Surfers Paradise for the annual ritual...

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DRIVER LOCK OUT LAWS

DRIVER LOCK OUT LAWS

Over the next 24 months or so, the State government looks set to roll out various amendments to our traffic laws which will have a significant...

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PREDICTIVE POLICING

PREDICTIVE POLICING

Robot judges in Estonia? American AI sentencing criminals to prison? Computers predicting crimes before they even happen? One may be forgiven for...

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SECRET X FILES

SECRET X FILES

This week Sky News aired the explosive documentary “Lawyer X: The Untold Story”, recounting the sorry tale of the now-notorious double-dealings of...

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HARD CASES

HARD CASES

Lawyers have this thing they sometimes like to say. “Hard cases make bad law.” It’s true. About thirty years ago I got the job to represent a nice,...

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JUSTICE DENIED

JUSTICE DENIED

Between January 2013 and December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard evidence revealing that for...

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MIGRATION BALANCE

MIGRATION BALANCE

Migration continues to feature as a red hot topic for debate on the Australian political landscape, particularly in the context of the looming...

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FOOL ME ONCE

FOOL ME ONCE

There is a Japanese proverb that goes along the lines of “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance” and as history has shown...

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A TOUGH JOB

A TOUGH JOB

Before you can become a plumber or a carpenter you have to undertake years of technical training, work under close and exacting supervision, sit for...

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DEPUTY DOG

DEPUTY DOG

With the festival season back in full swing, plenty of music lovers are sure to find themselves once more confronted by the canine constabulary. The...

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RAT RACERS

RAT RACERS

Remember the old joke about lawyers and rats? In case you don't, here's how it goes – “The National Institute of Health announced this week it would...

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ONE SIZE FITS ALL?

ONE SIZE FITS ALL?

Somebody please tell me - when are the politicians going to learn? Justice just isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition. When the Victorian government...

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FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY

FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY

We all like to be kept in the manner to which we are accustomed. Under the Family Law Act 1975, when a married couple breaks up, each is expected to...

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ME TRUE

ME TRUE

They say the truth will set you free. But when it comes to defamation, I wouldn't count on it. The recent rush of "Me Too" revelations has set up...

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CELEBRATION

CELEBRATION

On the weekend our parks were full of Australia Day revellers. Most, I expect, were celebrating their deep affection and appreciation of their...

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MASSIVE FEET

MASSIVE FEET

As usual, this week the big news is breaking first right here on the Nyst Legal blog. And it doesn't get much bigger than this. Australia may boast...

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TWENTIETH CENTURY HERO

TWENTIETH CENTURY HERO

The 1953 Morris Minor utility was small by any standard. Its cabin was barely big enough for one mum and one dad, so all the kids got bundled into...

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INTOXICATED PEOPLE

INTOXICATED PEOPLE

This week I learned some stuff about intoxicated people. Given the popular national penchant for a cold beer on a hot day, perhaps it’s unsurprising...

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THE BEST-LAID PLANS

THE BEST-LAID PLANS

The weather’s already started to heat up, and summer’s on its way. Woo-hoo! That means cocktails, beers and BBQ’s by the pool, long days at the...

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DOLI INCAPAX

DOLI INCAPAX

Youngest offender ever charged with murder In the early hours of the morning following Australia Day last year, 26 year old Patrick Slater was found...

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DOG DAY AFTERNOON

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

Over the break I dropped in for a day of musical mayhem at the annual Falls Music & Arts Festival at Byron Bay. There was loads of good music on...

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SEND IN THE CLOWNS

SEND IN THE CLOWNS

The circus is in town.  A crazy new phenomenon is sweeping across the US, Europe, and now even Australia. It trumps the Trump, it’s scarier than...

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BRINGING UP BABY

BRINGING UP BABY

When couples are separating, and negotiating who gets what from the joint property pool, pets (most frequently dogs and cats) are often front and...

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BOOM TOWN

BOOM TOWN

When I was a kid my brothers and I used to watch those corny old black-and-white midday matinee movies on TV, and one of my favourites was an action...

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THE CANDYMAN CAN

THE CANDYMAN CAN

Our perhaps most flamboyant and controversial client, the Gold Coast’s own Candyman, tobacco franchising supremo Mr Travers Beynon, had a win this...

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ALI RIP

ALI RIP

Over the weekend, a great hero passed away. Muhammad Ali was not just a giant of the sport of boxing, he was one of the most influential characters...

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AMERICAN PIE

AMERICAN PIE

Something crazy is happening in America right now. Crazy, and eerily familiar. As the left and right of US politics fight their perennial good...

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FAIR ENOUGH

FAIR ENOUGH

"That’s not fair.” My client’s assessment was spot-on, and more than a little ironic, given he was referring to the Fair Work Act. Like justice,...

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SEX AND THE SLEEPY

SEX AND THE SLEEPY

Life is a risky undertaking that involves an endless series of perilous decisions. Some turn out triumphant, others disastrous. Last month I...

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CRACKING THE EGG

CRACKING THE EGG

We work all our lives to create a nest-egg that will hopefully sustain us comfortably in our retirement, and in this day and age most of us...

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SCARY STORIES

SCARY STORIES

This summer many of us became budding couch detectives and expert criminologists, all from the air-conditioned comfort of our very own lounge-rooms,...

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STOLEN CHILDREN

STOLEN CHILDREN

Family law disputes often involve haggling over tens or hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of property, sometimes even more. With that much...

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FOR THE RECORD…

FOR THE RECORD…

Last week the press had a field day taking pot-shots at Southport magistrate Bernadette Callaghan for ordering police to remove handcuffs from a...

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POLICY OR POLITICS?

POLICY OR POLITICS?

Last week the Supreme Court ordered the Queensland Parole Board to pay convicted bank robber Brenden Abbott’s legal costs because it failed to make...

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PARTY TIME

PARTY TIME

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the suburbs… Earlier this year, eight years after he made national headlines when the party he threw...

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VERNONS MUSIC AWARD

VERNONS MUSIC AWARD

Nyst Legal trainee lawyer Jonny Nyst, did the Gold Coast proud last night with a first-place gong at the Queensland Music Awards. Jonny’s band, The...

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DALLIANCE DISCOUNTS

DALLIANCE DISCOUNTS

If you're thinking of sharing your bed with someone sometime soon, it might be best to stop and think about precisely what you may be signing up...

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SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME

Talk about art imitating life imitating art imitating life. In the 2002 American action-comedy movie Showtime two odd-couple cops are ordered by the...

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TEN YEARS ON

TEN YEARS ON

10 years ago today, on 27 November 2004, the indigenous community of Palm Island erupted. The islanders had just heard read out at a public meeting...

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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

They say money can't buy happiness, but most of us are willing to give it a shot. Australians spend billions of dollars every year on lottery...

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BIG THINGS GROW

BIG THINGS GROW

From little things big things grow. How true it is. I was filled with an enormous sense of pride recently when I drove past one of the giant...

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BREAKING THE CYCLE

BREAKING THE CYCLE

Violence begets violence. We’ve all become accustomed to television images of US police responding to even the most apparently minor civil...

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