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Victorian Government announcement 7/4/2020

Most Victorian students will be educated from home when Term 2 starts next week to ensure the physical distancing will help slow the spread of coronavirus, with free internet access and laptops for those students who need it most. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for the Coordination of Education and Training – COVID-19, James Merlino … Continue reading

Examination tip – Sentencing Advisory Council Report

Sentencing in Victoria has had a dramatic change according to the Sentencing Advisory Council Report. This is a dramatic departure from what we have seen in the past. Bail is becoming harder to get for serious crimes and prisons (Remand Centres) are holding accused offenders for longer periods. Please check these resources. Understand the way … Continue reading

East Gippsland VCE students

I sincerely hope all VCE students in East Gippsland that have been impacted by the fires can be ready to commence their studies by the end of the month. The fires are still burning as I publish this. My thoughts are particularly with the students from Swifts Creek, Omeo, Ensay, Dargo, Mount Hotham, Dinner Plain, … Continue reading

Eddie Koki Mabo – The gardener from James Cook University!

MABO Life of an Island Man – STUDENT WORKSHEET The above worksheet is for the DVD available online. WebQuest Mabo A Question of Rights The above webquest relates to our study of rights and can be done after the Mabo DVD has been viewded It is not appropriate that I include an image of Eddie … Continue reading

The principles of justice and the Public Prosecutor – Victoria

How far can we expect to go to achieve a conviction in criminal law in Victoria? The principles of justice must always be our guide. See the appeal case of Frank Orman below: See Supreme Court (Court of Appeal) notes below A series of questions also follows below for Unit 2 VCE students … Continue reading

Open Plan Prison

Thanks to VCE student Ethan for his research on this new concept in prison rehabilitation.


High Court Judge Michael Kirby (retired) once said, ‘don’t forget the justice bit’. In Unit 3 we explore this comment to the nth degree. This thinking featured strongly in the 2018 VCAA examination and is a common thread throughout our course. Welcome to VCE Legal Studies in 2019. Our focus in Unit 3 concerns the principles … Continue reading

Synthesis and the Law – A three step model.

In Unit 3 Outcome 1 and 2, students are required to ‘synthesise and apply legal principles and information to actual and/or hypothetical scenarios.’ At the highest level, this shows students have not only embraced the course, but have fully developed an understanding of how the law works in the parliament and the courts. As a teacher, … Continue reading

The significance of one High Court case interpreting sections 7 and 24 of the Australian Constitution

From : Is there a constitutional defence to actions of defamation? The decision of Theophanous may have seem to have heralded a new personal right to free speech, but it was short lived, with the judgment of Lange v Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1997) 189 CLR 520 categorically providing certainty to the position of the right in Australia. The matter … Continue reading

New 2018 Report from Victoria’s major law reform society the VLRC The link and image are from the latest VLRC report to be tabled in the Victorian parliament. A concern was raised about lawyers’ fees and group litigation actions by plaintiffs in Victoria. The overview and report will provide interesting reading for students looking to extend their knowledge in Unit 4. I look forward to … Continue reading

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