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News 28 November 2020

Domestic violence reporting in Australia and the focus on the 'good guy'. How you, the audience, can change it  By Norman Hermant & Emma Machan
ABC, 27/11/20
The jury finds Jeremy guilty of murder. He's taken away. Max is left without parents. And only now that Jeremy's been convicted can the media tell you what it knew about his violent past before the trial — without breaking the law.

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Jason Roberts denied bail after conviction quashed in Silk-Miller murders By  Danny Tran
ABC, 27/11/20
A man accused of killing two police officers in one of Victoria's most notorious murder cases has been refused bail.

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Prisoners down to 41,002 in September quarter 2020
ABC, 26/11/20
National and state information about adult prisoners and community based corrections, including legal status, custody type, Indigenous status, sex.

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NSW law reform report misses chance to institute ‘yes means yes’ in sexual consent cases By Jonathan Crowe & Rachael Burgin
The Conversation, 24/11/20
The New South Wales Law Reform Commission has released its recommendations for reform of the state’s sexual consent laws. After a process lasting more than two-and-a-half years, the report is a disappointment to survivors and advocates seeking comprehensive reforms.

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Mental health services in Australia
AIHW, 24/11/20
Mental health services in Australia (MHSA) provides a picture of the national response of the health and welfare service system to the mental health care needs of Australians. MHSA is updated progressively throughout each year as data becomes available.

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Qatar authorities charge woman for allegedly dumping baby in bathroom bin at Doha Airport By Lauren McMah
News.com, 24/11/20
Qatar authorities say they have identified the woman who abandoned her child in an airport bathroom, sparking the strip search of Australian women.

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Prosecuting within complex criminal networks is hard. Data analysis could save the courts precious time and money By Roberto Musotto
The Conversation, 24/11/20
Due to time, money and human resource restrictions, often not all evidence from investigations is used in criminal court proceedings.  Social network analysis would greatly benefit prosecutors in criminal trials involving an excess of digital evidence, which continues to grow alongside general online data.

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Tradies frustrated by banks as business email scam costs them $51,000 By Amy Bainbridge & Loretta Florance
ABC, 24/11/20
"Just recently, a survey was done of nearly 2,000 small businesses and 62 per cent of them had been hit by some level of cybersecurity breach, and this one, the invoice interception is now one of the most common," Ms Carnell said.

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Court reveals why Scott Austic got his retrial, more than a decade after being wrongfully convicted of murder By Joanna Menagh & David Weber
ABC, 23/11/20
WA's highest court says there was "credible, cogent and plausible evidence" that crucial evidence was planted against Scott Austic, whose name was cleared last week after he was jailed for murdering his pregnant lover in 2007.

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Calls between lawyers and clients have been intercepted By Chris Vedelago &Tammy Mills
The Age, 23/11/20
Victoria Police inappropriately handled confidential information from bugged phone calls between lawyers and their clients for a period of three years.

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Inquest into Bourke St attack hears of mix-up over killer's address By Erin Pearson
The Age, 23/11/20
An inquest into Hassan Khalif Shire Ali's deadly 2018 rampage in the heart of Melbourne has heard there was confusion among intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies over who was monitoring the Islamic extremist before he struck.

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Inquest into killing of Sisto Malaspina hears ASIO was not interested in Hassan Khalif Shire Ali By Danny Tran
ABC, 23/11/20
Australia's domestic spy agency told Victoria Police that the man who stabbed Sisto Malaspina was "not of current interest" at least twice before he attacked three people in Bourke Street, an inquest has heard.

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Blue crimes on the rise in Pacific By Anthony Bergin
ASPI, 31/10/20
Serious offences are taking place on, in, or across the Pacific maritime domain that put at risk the political stability and economic interests of Pacific island states.

Previous News 21 November 2020

What is 'fog of war' and what are war crimes? By Nick McKenzie
The Age, 20/11/20
Soldiers are trained to kill people so why is there an inquiry into what our special forces were doing in Afghanistan?

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Malmsbury beekeeping program giving young men in youth justice a second chance By Eden Hynninen & Beth Gibson
ABC, 20/11/20
Claire Moore's bees are usually busy collecting honey at her farm in central Victoria, but for the past 10 weeks more than 20,000 of them have been at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre.

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Victoria Police changes control structures as coroner highlights flaws in response to Bourke Street rampage of James Gargasoulas By Danny Tran
ABC, 20/11/20
Victoria's police chief says officers will never again question who is in charge during emergencies like the Bourke Street rampage, insisting the force has learned from the massacre.

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Bourke Street attack aided by 'perfect storm' of police deficiencies, coroner finds By Elias Clure
ABC, 19/11/20
James Gargasoulas's murderous Bourke street rampage was helped by a "perfect storm" of police deficiencies and led to a "confluence of events" that worked in the killer's favour, a Victorian coroner has found.

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Coroner to hand down findings on Gargasoulas' 2017 Bourke Street rampage By Erin Pearson
The Age, 18/11/20
Coroner Jacqui Hawkins will on Thursday morning hand down her findings on the deaths of six people during James Gargasoulas’ murderous rampage along Bourke Street in January 2017.

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Mobile dating applications and sexual and violent offending By Kamarah Pooley & Hayley Boxall
Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no. 612, Australian Institute of Criminology, 19/11/20
In the last few years, a number of high-profile cases of sexual and violent offending have been committed after the offender and victim met through a mobile dating application (dating app). Subsequent media and popular rhetoric have positioned dating app sexual and violent offending as a major safety concern.

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Queensland's suicide rate did not rise amid coronavirus pandemic, new study reveals By Holly Richardson
ABC, 19/11/20
Queensland's suicide rate has not risen amid the coronavirus pandemic, defying expectations, however researchers and mental health workers still worry about a delayed effect and pockets of despair.

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Renaming of Red Skins and Chicos is a shaky step towards leaving discriminatory ideas in the past By Roslyn Petelin
The Conversation, 19/11/20
This week, it was announced two types of Allen’s lollies, Red Skins and Chicos, will be known from January 2021 as Red Ripper and Cheekies.

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Former Australian executive arrested, charged over alleged oil bribery plot By Nick McKenzie
The Age, 18/11/20
Australia's longest-running bribery investigation has come to a head with the arrest in Queensland of a former senior executive from construction giant Leighton Holdings over his alleged involvement in a $1 billion international graft scandal.

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Sex and power: the human resources that toxify workplaces By Pru Goward
Sydney Morning Herald, 18/11/20
Many laughed at Malcolm Turnbull for declaring, when prime minister, that ministers who had sex with their staff would be dismissed.

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Crown admits criminals likely laundered cash through casino accounts By Patrick Hatch
Sydney Morning Herald, 18/11/20
Crown Resorts has conceded that criminals likely used two of its bank accounts to launder dirty cash, in a major admission to a public inquiry that is reviewing its Sydney casino licence.

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Australia’s special forces and the ‘fog of culture’ By Samantha Crompvoets
ASPI, 18/11/20
As Australia comes to grips with accusations that some of its elite soldiers committed war crimes in Afghanistan, a catch cry for certain commentators is that the ‘fog of war’ explains, justifies and possibly excuses the alleged atrocities that have come to light.

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The Productivity Commission says mental ill-health costs Australia billions — it’s time for a proper investment in making things better By Anthony Jorm
The Conversation, 18/11/20
The Productivity Commission’s report on mental health, released earlier this week, prompted headlines emphasising the huge economic cost of mental ill-health and suicide in Australia.

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First-of-its-kind report shines light on experiences of women in Australian prisons
AIHW, 17/11/20
Most women in Australia’s prisons are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and suffer poor mental and physical health, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

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Hate-crime killings in US set a record in 2019, FBI data reveals By Devlin Barrett
The Age, 17/11/20
Hate-crime murders reached a record last year in the United States, due in large part to the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that officials say was motivated by anti-immigrant bias, according to new figures released Monday by the FBI.

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How the Lindt cafe siege exposed army atrocities By Brendan Nicholson
ASPI, 16/11/20
On December 16, 2014, Australians were absorbing news of the Lindt cafe siege, the deaths of two hostages and claims army special forces should have been brought in to deal with this act of terrorism rather than police.

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