Category: Law and Society

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Legal Requirements to Get a Real Estate License in Australia

Starting a career as a real estate agent is always exciting and handsomely rewarding due to the jobs nature, but just having an interest in that field is not enough. This industry requires an in-depth knowledge of market trends and several years of training leading to certifications for the person to practice it. An agent…




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Legal Matters in Real Estate

Many attorneys will nod knowingly when confronted with the fact real estate law has expanded enormously in the last 50-75 years. The combination of an expanding building code, the myriad options available in financing for new properties and the rise of real estate as an important and in some cases foundational element of investing has…



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What You Should Know About Vehicle Safety Inspections in Australia

Unlike the British MOT, vehicles in Australia do not require regular roadworthy check. The rules, however, vary from one state to another, with the requirement of a safety certificate being compulsory only for the following conditions – > During the sale of the car ( more on that here); > When the car exceeds specific…




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Same-Sex Marriage in Australia: Boarding the Train of Equality

The luxury of having an online information highway available at our fingertips means that Gen Y has the ability to cross-reference any asserted fact without having to take one’s word as gospel. Unlike our predecessors, our reasoning is not confined to words of our teachers, parents, and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Our reasoning is borderless, and…




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Are Strip Clubs and Brothels Under the Same Laws?

The Sex Workers Outreach Project, known as SWOP, believes that workers in the so-called sex industry should have the same protections under the law as workers anywhere and in any legal form of business. Concerning the Amnesty NSW (New South Wales) Consultation on Draft Sex Work Policy, SWOP has these opinions: * If strip clubs…




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Workplace Bullying: The Impact of Brodie’s Law on Employers

Brodie Panlock was a 19 year old waitress who tragically ended her life after being subjected to ‘persistent and vicious’ workplace bullying at café Vamp in Hawthorn, Victoria.[1] A coronial inquest found that Brodie’s young age, low self-esteem, and inexperience combined to make her ‘emotionally vulnerable’, and it was this vulnerability that was callously exploited by…




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Failing to ‘Acknowledge Country’: The Scarcity of Respect

I think we students generally don’t provide enough praise to our educators who are charged with the onerous duty of pulling the cord to the parachute of our minds. Throughout my seven-year tertiary academic journey I’ve had the pleasure of learning from a multitude of remarkable lecturers and tutors at Monash and RMIT University. But…




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Life in Crime: The Elusive World of the Defence Lawyer

In my first year at law school I remember agonising over what electives I should take over the coming years. By way of career guidance, I was invited to chat with the many graduates who flooded our corridors with giant banners of their respective top-tier firms. Sadly, the only practical advice I took away about…




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Foetal Murder: The Antiquated ‘Born Alive’ Rule

One of the most profound absurdities in modern-day Australian criminal law is the complete lack of substantive rights afforded to a foetus. According to Sir Edward Coke’s 1797 definition of murder, a child in utero is not deemed a‘reasonable creature in being’ until it is ‘born alive’.[1] The born alive rule maintains that a child can only be a victim…