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News 19 September 2020

The impact of arrest and seizure on drug crime and harms: A systematic review By Elizabeth Eggins,  Lorelei Hine, Angela Higginson & Lorraine Mazerolle, Lorraine
AIC, 17/09/20
Drawing on the Global Policing Database (GPD), this review assesses the impact of supplier arrests and seizures on drug crime, drug use, drug price, drug purity, and drug harm outcomes. 

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German police sacked for sharing 'disgusting' neo-Nazi images By Justin Huggler
The Age, 17/09/20
Twenty-nine police officers were suspended from duty in GerThe impact of arrest and seizure on drug crime and harms: A systematic reviewmany on Wednesday and many of them are to be sacked after they were caught sharing "disgusting" far-right material online.

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New prisoners decreased by 17% for the June Quarter 2020
ABS, 17/09/20
Nationally, the total number of prisoners entering the prison system (prisoner receptions) decreased by 17 per cent (down 2,987) for the June quarter 2020 according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This was the lowest quarterly total receptions (14,624) since the beginning of the time series in the June quarter 2016.

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Three decades of victims data shows homicide down 40%
ABS, 16/09/20
The number of victims of homicide recorded by police has decreased by 40 per cent since 1993, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which brings together 27 years of recorded crime data.

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Julian Assange: the press-freedom trial of the century By Fraser Myers
Spiked, 16/09/20
America’s attempt to treat journalism as espionage poses a terrifying threat to the free press.

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Black Lives Matter does not own ethnic minorities 
Spiked, 16/09/20
Eight reasons why BLM does more harm than good.

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COVID-19, risk and rights: the ‘wicked’ balancing act for governments By Sarah Joseph
The Conversation, 16/09/20
COVID-19 has caused a global public health emergency, a global economic emergency, and a global human rights emergency. The crisis is detrimentally affecting all recognised human rights in every country.

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IBAC to investigate Epping incident as police reveal mental health training delayed due to bushfires, coronavirus By Erin Pearson, Simone Fox Koob & Paul Sakkal
The Age, 15/09/20
The state's misconduct watchdog has launched a criminal investigation into the violent arrest of a man at Epping after footage surfaced of him being rammed by a police car before an officer stomped on his head in front of horrified onlookers.

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People who refuse to self-isolate could be detained under proposed Victorian law By Paul Sakkal
The Age, 15/09/20
New powers to detain people considered a high risk of negligently spreading COVID-19 are set to be debated in State Parliament this week.

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Responding to adolescent family violence: Findings from an impact evaluation By Hayley Boxall, Anthony Morgan,  Isabella Voce & Maggie Coughlan
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no. 601, Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, 15/09/20
Despite growing recognition of the prevalence of and harms associated with adolescent family violence, our knowledge of how best to respond remains underdeveloped.

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Senior police officer in Epping head-stomping incident suspended By Simone Fox Koob & Rachael Dexter
The Age, 15/09/20
A senior police officer who allegedly stomped on the head of a man during an arrest in Melbourne's north on Sunday has been suspended.

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California wildfires: why a gender-reveal party got the blame, but shouldn’t have By Doug Specht
The Conversation, 15/09/20
On September 5, an explosion of coloured smoke revealed the gender of a Californian couple’s soon to be born child, and simultaneously set light to over 10,000 acres of the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yuaipa.

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Why gender reveals have spiraled out of control By Jenna Drenten
The Conversation, 14/09/20
Over Labor Day weekend, two expectant parents didn’t get the viral hit they had hoped for...it sparked a wildfire that has scorched more than 10,000 acres of land.

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Colombian police brutality protests turn deadly By Luis Jaime Acosta and Julia Symmes Cobb
The Age, 11/09/20
Nine people have died in Colombian capital Bogota and satellite city Soacha following violent overnight protests against police brutality, as city authorities called on residents to stay indoors on Thursday evening.

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TikTok, Facebook suicide video can’t be stopped by laws, expert warns By Jack Gramenz
News.com, 11/09/20
Regulators have left it too long to be able to stop social media platforms hosting vile videos like the kind that took over TikTok, an expert has said.

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Exchanging killers for peace in Afghanistan is wrong — and could have lasting consequences By Ben Saul
The Conversation, 11/09/20
An Afghan soldier convicted of murdering three Australian soldiers is among six high-value prisoners who have been flown to Qatar ahead of peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government this weekend.

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Melbourne is using pop-up police spy stations to find people breaking COVID rules – what does the law say? By Rick Sarre
The Conversation, 11/09/20
CCTV cameras mounted on vans have recently been seen in public parks around Melbourne, ostensibly to nab anyone breaking lockdown rules. They are part of a joint initiative between several Melbourne councils, Victoria Police and the Commonwealth government.

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Are your devices spying on you? Australia’s very small step to make the Internet of Things safer By Kayleen Manwaring
The Conversation, 11/09/20
From internet-connected televisions, toys, fridges, ovens, security cameras, door locks, fitness trackers and lights, the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) promises to revolutionise our homes.

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After 9/11: can we still talk about Islamist terror? By Rakib Ehsan
Spiked, 11/09/20
Islamist terror still poses a huge security threat. But it’s becoming more difficult to discuss it openly.

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Is reporting the news Islamophobic now? By Tom Slater
The Conversation, 10/09/20
The BBC edited a headline about the Manchester Arena inquiry, following a complaint from the Muslim Council of Britain.

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Identity politics is turning violent By Frank Furedi
Spiked, 08/09/20
When mainstream commentators defend looting and rioting, we know that democracy is in danger.

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TikTok and WeChat: Curating and controlling global information flows By Fergus Ryan, Audrey Fritz & Daria Impiombato
ASPI, 08/09/20
While most major international social media networks remain banned from the Chinese market in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Chinese social media companies are expanding overseas and building up large global audiences.

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Paths to destruction: A group portrait of America's jihadists — comparing jihadist travelers with domestic plotters By Brian Michael Jenkins
RAND, 09/20
In this report, the author examines hundreds of U.S. residents who have traveled or attempted to travel to foreign lands to join or otherwise support terrorist organizations. 
 

Previous News 12 September 2020

Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia
AIHW, 11/09/20
This report consolidates the most recently available information on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Australia, and includes key trends in the availability, consumption, harms and treatment for vulnerable populations.

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Care-experienced children and the criminal justice system By Andrew McGrath, Alison Gerard & Emma Colvin
Trends & Issues in Crime & Criminal Justice no. 600, Australian Institute of Criminology, 10/09/20
The current study examines the factors underlying pathways from out-of-home care into the criminal justice system.

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Queensland child safety whistleblowers fear more kids could die under the department's watch By Alexandra Blucher
ABC, 10/09/20
In one year, 58 children died who were already known to Queensland's child safety department.

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New Zealand is violating the rights of its children. Is it time to change the legal definition of age discrimination? By Claire Breen
The Conversation, 09/09/20
The comforting claim that New Zealand is a great place to bring up kids took another hit with last week’s damning UNICEF report on child well-being.

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5 tips on how unis can do more to design online learning that works for all students By Erin Leif & Christine Grové
The Conversation, 09/09/20
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a rapid shift to online learning at all Australian universities. This presents unique opportunities for both educators and students, but also new challenges.

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Canberra radio newsreader Beth Rep told to pay transgender activist Bridget Clinch $10,000 compensation for discrimination
ABC, 09/09/20
Canberra radio newsreader Beth Rep was meant to end with an apology to transgender activist Bridget Clinch. Instead, the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal found the post and comments were "rude, offensive and unacceptable" and awarded Ms Clinch $10,000 in compensation.

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'It wasn't worth it': Nicola Gobbo tells all about becoming a police informer By Josie Taylor & Rachael Brown
ABC, 09/09/20
Nicola Gobbo, who is living in hiding in a secret location, spent months talking to the ABC to explain for the first time in her own words why she became a police informer.

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TikTok suicide video: it’s time platforms collaborated to limit disturbing content By Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández & D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye
The Conversation, 08/09/20
A disturbing video purporting to show a suicide is reportedly doing the rounds on the popular short video app TikTok, reigniting debate about what social media platforms are doing to limit circulation of troubling material.

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Street-level drug law enforcement: An updated systematic review By Lorraine Mazerolle, Elizabeth Eggins & Angela  Higginson
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no. 599, Australian Institute of Criminology, 08/09/20
We find that, overall, street-level policing approaches are effective in reducing drug crime, particularly those involving partnerships. We also find that geographically targeted law enforcement interventions are more effective in reducing drug crime than standard, unfocused approaches. Approaches that target larger problem areas for intervention are more effective for reducing drug crime (but not calls-for-service) than approaches that focus on micro problem places.

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Queensland passes law to jail priests who don't report child sexual abuse confessions By Allyson Horn
The Age, 08/09/20
A bill to compel priests to break the confessional seal to report child sexual abuse cases gets bipartisan support in Queensland Parliament in line with recommendations from the royal commission.

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Proposed penalties for destroying heritage sites 'insultingly minimal', Indigenous leaders say By Ben Collins, Laura Birch & Courtney Fowler
ABC, 08/09/20
The new Aboriginal heritage protection bill proposed by the WA Government, in part as a response to the destruction of 46,000-year-old heritage at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara, is criticised by Indigenous leaders for weak penalties and still allowing ministerial permission to destroy heritage.

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A healing and a World Heritage rebuilding for the Gunditjmara people By Tony Wright
The Age, 07/09/20
Victoria’s first massacre site is to be treated to “a healing” by its Aboriginal owners almost 190 years after white whalers took their guns to a clan of the Gunditjmara people.

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Australia vs the tech giants By Liam Deacon
Spiked, 07/09/20
A new law would force social-media companies to give money to news organisations – is this wise?

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How easy would it be to ‘free’ the Aboriginal flag? By Isabella Alexander
The Conversation, 04/09/20
There is growing disquiet and anger about restrictions on how the Aboriginal flag can be used, particularly after it was absent from the AFL’s recent Indigenous round.

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'Mole' in the legal system: Jail for counsellor who swapped clean samples for drugs By Adam Cooper
The Age, 04/09/20
A former drug counsellor has been jailed for more than a decade for brazen offending that undermined Victoria's legal system and included providing clients with clean urine samples in exchange for cash and drugs.

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‘Wokeness is being pushed on everyone’
Spiked, 24/07/20
Helen Pluckrose on the dangerous explosion of critical social justice.

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Global study on firearms trafficking 2020
UNODC, 07/20
Firearms trafficking affects all parts of the world and impacts on society in multiple ways. It is a major concern in the context of human security, and it is central in law enforcement efforts and activities.

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