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News 27 February 2021

Sexual assault: what can you do if you don’t want to make a formal report to police? By Georgina Heydon
The Conversation, 26/02/21
The alleged rape of former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins has raised many questions about how sexual assault gets reported.

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Odds are against ‘first in family’ uni students but equity policies are blind to them By Sally Patfield, Jenny Gore & Natasha Weaver
The Conversation, 26/02/21
It’s that time of year again when hundreds of thousands of Australian students start university for the first time. Those who are first in their families to pursue higher education can find this momentous step both exciting and daunting.

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How ‘tiger farms’ have turned a wild animal into a species worth more dead than alive By Simon Evans
The Conversation, 25/02/21
A production line takes tigers from zoos to be harvested for their meat, skin and bones.

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Federal government urged to do more on right-wing extremism after WA attack By Cameron Gooley
ABC, 25/02/21
The federal government is facing accusations it has failed to do enough to curb right-wing extremism, after a man with a swastika painted on his forehead allegedly attacked an Aboriginal woman with a makeshift flamethrower.

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Cocaine drives Victoria’s growing drug habit By Tom Cowie & Craig Butt
The Age, 25/02/21
Victoria has overtaken NSW as the state with the highest proportion of cocaine users in the country after two new reports showed a surge in the drug’s popularity.

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Criminal mobility of outlaw motorcycle gangs in Australia By C. Dowling & A. Morgan
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 619.  Australian Institute of Criminology, 25/02/21
The criminal mobility of outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members presents a significant challenge to Australian governments and police. Examining patterns of mobility can help to better understand the opportunity structures that underpin offending by OMCGs and to drive national collaborative responses to these gangs.

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Nuclear warfare or cyber warfare: which is the bigger threat? By John Powers
ASPI, 24/02/21
In 2021, Australia’s most likely threat is probably from an information-warfare system, such as a Twitter or malware bomb. Its least likely threat: an atomic or physical attack. And its most dangerous threat: leaders and decision-makers who fail to act on that which is most likely.

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Not as simple as ‘no means no’: what young people need to know about consent By Jacqueline Hendriks
The Conversation, 23/02/21
A recent petition circulated by Sydney school girl Chanel Contos called for schools to provide better education on consent, and to do so much earlier.


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Experiences of domestic violence among women with restrictive long-term health conditions: Report for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability By H. Boxall, A. Morgan & A. Brown
Statistical Report no. 32. Australian Institute of Criminology, 23/02/21
This report was prepared for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. It describes the domestic violence experiences of women with restrictive long-term health conditions during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, using survey data collected in May 2020 from over 8,000 Australian women who were in a current relationship.


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Is being offensive an offence? By Tom Slater
Spiked (UK), 22/02/21
In 21st-century Britain, thought policing is a very real and terrifying thing.


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Universities are not systematically racist
Spiked (UK), 22/02/21
Nigel Biggar on the fashionable myths fuelling censorship on campus.


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Production and distribution of child sexual abuse material by parental figures By M. Salter, WKT. Wong , J. Breckenridge, S. Scott, S. Cooper & N. Peleg
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice, no. 616. Australian Institute of Criminology, 20/02/21
This study found that perpetrators are most often the male parental figures of the victims, and victims are predominately girls under nine years of age. The findings reveal distinct patterns and scenarios of parental CSAM offending that may inform prevention, early intervention and improved responses to victims. The study documented the significant impact of parental CSAM offending on victims and the need for specialist victim support.


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Cognitively impaired admitting to crimes they say they didn’t commit By Zach Hope
The
Sydney Morning Herald, 20/02/21
No one told Dorothy Armstrong in her first ever police interview she was allowed a support person; someone to help understand the jargon, comfort her, encourage her description of who attacked her and how.


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Shooting survivor Emma says psychological telehealth is a lifeline that must stay By Wendy Tuohy
The
Sydney Morning Herald, 20/02/21
For Emma Parkinson, who aged 19 was shot in the Paris terror attacks at the Bataclan theatre, being able to access psychological care via telehealth during the pandemic was so significant she considers it a lifeline.


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It’s time to get real about freedom of speech By Brendan O'Neill
Spiked (uk), 19/02/21
Neither side in the culture war understands how crucial this liberty is to human flourishing.

Previous News 20 February 2021

Woke Wars By Monica Wilkie
Centre for Independent Studies, 19/02/21
The latest Hollywood cancellation has raised the usual hackles. But the problem is that a vacuum in virtuous authority is being filled by vacuous celebrities.

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Hannah Clarke's parents ask community to light a candle in her memory one year on from horrific murder By Rachel Riga
ABC, 19/02/21
The parents of Brisbane mother Hannah Clarke, who was murdered with her children in a horrific domestic violence attack, say they hope the criminalisation of coercive control in Queensland will be her legacy, as they mark one year their daughter and grandchildren died.

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Facebook news ban could backfire as media publishers draw communities and advertisers away By Nassim Khadem
ABC, 19/02/21
Major publishers, including ABC News, are now restricted from sharing or posting any content on Facebook, meaning any person in Australia no longer gets access to their news via the Facebook site.

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Crime victimisation – Australia
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 18/02/21
National and state/territory crime rates for assault, threat, robbery, break-in/burglary, theft/stealing, property damage, and police reporting rates.

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Media Release - Rate of physical assault remains stable
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 18/02/21
The rate of physical assault remained stable in 2019-20, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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Overcrowded prisons at 'critical tipping point', NT parole board chair calls for 'coherent' action By Jacqueline Breen
ABC, 18/02/21
The prison system in the Northern Territory is at a "critical tipping point", with facilities running consistently over capacity and inadequate resources for rehabilitation, according to the head of the parole board.

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Indigenous man 'in disbelief' after NSW police officer acquitted of assaulting him in custody By Selby Stewart and Michael Inman
ABC, 17/02/21
An Indigenous man has told his lawyer he "feels no one cares about what happened to him" after a NSW police officer convicted of assaulting him in custody was yesterday acquitted of all charges on appeal.

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Over 1,000 Australians with cognitive disability are detained indefinitely each year. This shameful practice needs to stop By Eileen Baldry 
The Conversation, 17/02/21
This week, the royal commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability will begin hold hearings on a shameful subject that has long been neglected: the indefinite detention of people with cognitive impairments and/or mental illness in our criminal justice systems.

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With their mother’s Australian citizenship cancelled over alleged ISIS-links, how will NZ deal with her children? By Claire Breen 
The Conversation, 17/02/21
By unilaterally revoking the citizenship of the 26-year-old woman detained in Turkey this week, Australia has potentially left her two children in diplomatic limbo.

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Who is most at risk of physical and sexual partner violence and coercive control during the COVID-19 pandemic? By Hayley Boxall & Anthony Morgan
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 618. Australian Institute of Criminology, 16/02/21
In this study, we analysed data from a survey of Australian women (n=9,284) to identify women at the highest risk of physical and sexual violence and coercive control during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Parliament House rocked by Brittany Higgins’ alleged rape By Samantha Maiden 
News.com, 15/02/21
A young Liberal Party staffer alleges she was raped at Parliament House and claims she felt forced to choose between reporting it to the police or keeping her job.

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Advocates say ACT plan to decriminalise illicit drugs will help community but deep concerns remain By Michael Inman
ABC, 15/02/21
"I was pretty highly skilled — I have a science degree in entomology with honours — but I ended up with a conviction for cannabis and then heroin possession, and it blocked me out of meaningful employment for a decade." Under a new bill tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly last week, Mr Gough would have avoided a criminal conviction and instead been fined and sent for intervention.

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Putin’s patriots By Sean Nicholls, Jeanavive McGregor, Mary Fallon and Alex Palmer
ABC, 15/02/21
A Four Corners investigation has uncovered the activities of a cluster of dedicated pro-Russian nationalist groups operating here.

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What our politicians could learn about poverty from the experiences of this influential economist By Gareth Hutchens
ABC, 14/02/21
Most politicians tend to be unfamiliar with unemployment because they move from university to the corporate world and then into politics. But more first-hand experience with the difficulty of living in poverty may give them greater insight on how to handle the issue, writes Gareth Hutchens.

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Government moving in the right direction on Federal Judicial Commission
Law Council of Australia, 12/02/21
The Law Council of Australia has long advocated for the establishment of a standalone Federal Judicial Commission and considers the government is moving in the right direction by seeking independent legal advice on its establishment.

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Recorded crime - Offenders
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 11/02/21
Statistics about offenders proceeded against by police including age, sex, Indigenous status and most serious offence.

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