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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 84, Number 6, June 2010
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  • CURRENT ISSUES – Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Family provision claims
        p.355                                                                                      +cite    
  • Modern compensation litigation
        p.355                                                                                      +cite    
  • Alteration of drafts
        p.355                                                                                      +cite    
  • Words, words, words
        p.356                                                                                      +cite    
  • Question of bail
        p.356                                                                                      +cite    
  • Junk experts
        p.356                                                                                      +cite    
  • Being polite to criminals
        p.357                                                                                      +cite    
  • Impertinence
        p.358                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY – Editor: Peter Butt
  • Can a mortgagee sell a mortgagor’s home?
        p.359                                                                                      +cite    
  • Silence is dangerous
        p.360                                                                                      +cite    
  • A leases smorgasbord
        p.360                                                                                      +cite    

  • OVERSEAS LAW – Editor: Ross Buckley
  • Fiduciary constraints on mutual fund fees
        p.363                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES – Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Costs of plaintiffs in public interest environment litigation
        p.368                                                                                      +cite    
  • What is a trifling offence?
        p.368                                                                                      +cite    
  • Abandonment of a chattel, and the unwitting bailee
        p.369                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: THE DIMENSIONS OF FEAR AND CULTURE
        Hon J J Spigelman, AC
        p.372                                                                                      +cite        
        Violence against women and fear of violence continue to pose challenges for the justice system, especially when cultural factors are enlivened. The rights to security of person and freedom from fear require recognition in human rights discourse. There can be no compromise about the criminalisation of physical violence. However, difficulties may arise when the policies underlying the laws reflecting the majority culture conflict with other policies involving the recognition and respect of minority cultures. These tensions raise complex issues.
  • SENTENCING FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
        Kate Warner
        p.384                                                                                      +cite        
        Child pornography has become an issue of international concern. Computer technology and the internet have facilitated its production, distribution and storage. While makers and distributors are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods of avoiding detection, the international co-operation of law enforcement agencies is leading to many arrests and prosecutions. This article focuses on the sentencing issues raised by punishing offenders for this offence with a focus on the offences of possession, accessing and distribution of child pornography material (rather than its production). The offences are clearly sexual offences but they differ from other sexual offences in that the harm caused is indirect rather than direct. The novelty of the offences and the difficulty of determining a clear sentencing range from previous decisions have posed problems for sentencers and appellate courts in their endeavour to assess the relative severity of the offence in general and in the particular case under consideration. Factors which bear on the objective seriousness of the offence are discussed and an attempt is made to distil some guidance from the cases as to the range of sentences imposed.
  • THE DEFENDANT BREACHED THE LAW: DECLARATIONS OF CONTRAVENTION AND COMMONWEALTH REGULATORS
        Justin Jones
        p.396                                                                                      +cite        
        This article examines the common practice of Commonwealth regulatory agencies seeking, and courts granting, declarations that a person has contravened a statute. In doing so, it seeks to bring together the underpinning legal principles and comment on when a contravention declaration is, or is not, appropriate.