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Current News 31 July 2021

If Australia is serious about fixing the culture at parliament, this is the code of conduct we need By Blair Williams
The Conversation, 30/07/21
Australia has been rocked by serious allegations of sexual assault and harassment that have poured out of parliament house this year.

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Should the University of Melbourne host the Menzies Institute? The answer hinges on academic freedom By Katharine Gelber
The Conversation, 30/07/21
The University of Melbourne will open the Robert Menzies Institute, in honour of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister, in September this year. The presence of board members with close ties to the Liberal Party and the Menzies Research Centre has prompted protests from some students and academics.

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How can the new Closing the Gap dashboard highlight what indicators and targets are on track? By Janine Mohamed
The Conversation, 29/07/21
The Productivity Commission has released a new dashboard for reporting on the government’s progress across 17 key socioeconomic indicators and on priority reforms when the data is available. The first report based on this data has been released today.

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Aboriginal over-representation in the NSW Criminal Justice System quarterly update March 2021
BOCSAR, 29/07/21
The aim of this report is to monitor progress towards reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in custody in NSW.

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Synthetic drug deaths spike, heroin deaths fall during pandemic By Simone Fox Koob
The Age, 29/07/21
The number of overdose deaths related to dangerous synthetic drugs which mimic the effects of “classic” illegal substances spiked dramatically in Victoria last year, while deaths involving cocaine and MDMA reached a 10-year high.

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Closing the Gap: Indigenous suicide and incarceration rates rising By Cameron Gooley
The Age, 29/07/21
Indigenous people are still far more likely to be jailed, die by suicide and have their children removed than non-Indigenous people a year after the new Closing the Gap agreement was signed, according to the Productivity Commission.

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Benchmarking the use of audio-visual link technologies in Australian criminal courts before the pandemic By R. Smith, R. Savage, & C. Emami
Research Report no. 23. Australian Institute of Criminology, 29/07/21
This report is the second published by the AIC arising from its national video courts research program (the AVL Project) and documents the development and implementation of AVL (audio-visual link) technologies in the criminal courts in Australia, before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019.

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From colonial cavalry to mounted police: a short history of the Australian police horse By Stephen Gapps & Angus Murray
The Conversation, 28/07/21
Images of mounted police contending with anti-lockdown protesters on the weekend have now gone viral around the world. In fact, mounted police have a long history in Australia.

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Naked City podcast: Abe Saffron and Sydney’s corrupt cops By John Silvester
The Age, 28/07/21
In a city renowned for corruption Sydney’s Abe Saffron was gold medal standard. That is if there was a competition for being a no-good rat.

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Organised criminals are ‘trusted insiders’ in some of Australia’s biggest freight firms By Nick McKenzie
The Age, 28/07/21
Intelligence gathered in multiple policing probes has found leading Australian freight, logistics and transport firms are being infiltrated by organised crime groups and bikies to import drugs and illegal tobacco then distribute them around Australia.

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Audio-visual link technologies in Australian criminal courts: Practical and legal considerations By R. Smith, R. Savage & C. Emami
Research Report no. 22. Australian Institute of Criminology, 27/07/21
This report assesses the practical and legal considerations that need to be taken into account when adopting AVL technologies in the criminal courts and concludes by identifying best practice initiatives for the adoption of AVL technologies in Australia.

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The Taliban: what could its return to power mean for Afghanistan? By Kaweh Kerami
The Conversation, 26/07/21
The Taliban is typically portrayed as a group of men with beards and turbans, driven by Islamic fundamentalist ideology and responsible for widespread violence. But to understand the group that is poised to return to power in Afghanistan, and what we might expect from its rule, we need a much more nuanced picture.

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Criminal groups farm illicit tobacco as authorities confiscate imports By Laura Chung
Sydney Morning Herald, 26/07/21
As authorities target illicit tobacco imports, criminal groups are turning their attention to farming their own crops across regional Australia.

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For too long, research was done on First Nations peoples, not with them. Universities can change this By Victoria Rawlings, James L. Flexner & Lynette Riley
The Conversation, 26/07/21
For too long, “research” was an activity done to or on Indigenous people; it was something imposed from the outside. This was especially the case for people who came from communities that were oppressed or marginalised in the colonialism of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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‘Anorexia coach’: sexual predators online are targeting teens wanting to lose weight. Platforms are looking the other way By Suku Sukunesan
The Conversation, 26/07/21
There’s no shortage of people online looking to exploit and manipulate the vulnerable among us. One such group is anorexia coaches, or “anacoaches”. They are typically middle-aged, male sexual predators who go online to find impressionable young people to exploit under the guise of providing weight-loss “coaching”.

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The coming collapse of the developing world By Joel Kotkin & Hugo Kruger
Spiked (UK), 23/07/21
Covid has pushed vast swathes of humanity to the brink of extreme poverty.

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Should racist posts bar someone from university? By Joanna Williams
Spiked (UK), 20/07/21
Nottingham Trent’s decision to withdraw an offer from a student over offensive Snapchat messages should worry us.

Previous News 24 July 2021

Gunfire and violent protests mar funeral of slain Haitian president
ABC, 24/07/21
Foreign delegates flee and police fire tear gas as Haiti bids farewell to Jovenel Moïse amid growing unrest over the president's assassination.

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Child protection worker to continue to receive assault compensation despite convictions By Eugene Boisvert
ABC, 24/07/21
A former worker at South Australia's Department for Child Protection who used her government position to threaten to take away a couple's baby unless they dropped a robbery complaint against her partner will continue to get workers' compensation for her time at the agency.

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Samoa welcomes first female Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa following court ruling By Marian Faa and Jordan Fennell
ABC, 23/07/2021
Samoa's first female prime minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, has been legally recognised in a court decision that ended a three-month political impasse.

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US launches air strikes to help embattled forces in Afghanistan
ABC, 23/07/2021
Afghan government forces have been under pressure from the Taliban as US-led foreign troops carry out the final stages of their withdrawal from the country.

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The ex-undercover cop who writes to beat his nightmares By John Silvester
The Age, 23/07/21
If Keith Banks peers back into the darkness, his mouth is flooded with the gun-oil taste of the service pistol he placed in his mouth to end it all.  His book Gun to The Head should be on the reading list of every police leadership and management course in Australia.

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Unis are killing the critical study of religion, and it will only make campuses more religious By Christopher Hartney
The Conversation, 23/07/21
Inside modern multifaith democracies, religions honour an unstated social contract by mostly keeping themselves away from our public spaces. This curated invisibility does not mean religions are ceasing to exist. It also means their influence on public policy can be much more discrete. Unless these influences and behaviours are critically examined by experts trained in religious literacy, they can go unseen.

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Can we cancel ‘cancel culture’? By Dino Sossi
The Conversation, 22/07/21
Cancel culture arose in the popular consciousness decades ago. It is paradoxical that a term now used to counter problems like sexism emerged from a song about a bad romance that was later incorporated into a misogynistic movie scene.  Legendary Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers wrote the song Your Love Is Cancelled in response to a date gone awry.

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Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia
AIHW, 22/07/21
This report consolidates recent information on the availability and consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Australia, and related impacts, harms and treatment.

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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cannabis demand and supply in Australia By L. Doherty, T. Sullivan & A. Voce
Statistical Bulletin no. 33. Australian Institute of Criminology, 22/07/21
This study uses data from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cannabis demand and supply in Australia.

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The mothers digging for the disappeared By Cathy Scott
ABC, 22/07/21
Nearly 90,000 Mexicans have vanished in the nation’s war on its ruthless drug cartels. It’s fallen to families to pick up a shovel and dig for their dead.

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Man arrested over 2020 Twitter bitcoin scam that targeted Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian and Barack Obama
ABC, 22/07/21
Police arrest a 22-year-old British man in Spain over a scam that hijacked the Twitter accounts of several prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls, with some of the platform's top voices used to solicit digital currency.

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Threats to Australia shift to new domains: cyber, technology and information By Danielle Cave
ASPI, 21/07/21
Australia’s strategic environment is changing rapidly. Once shaped exclusively by traditional security concerns where what mattered most were our military alliances, the state of our armed forces and diplomacy, today’s environment is increasingly shaped by new domains. Chief among them: cyberspace, technology and our online information landscape.

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The Equality Act: a blasphemy law by the backdoor By Laurence Fox
Spiked, 21/07/21
Making religion a ‘protected characteristic’ has emboldened censorious Islamists.

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Devices hacked, women and girls blackmailed as cyber abuse grows By Tammy Mills
The Age, 21/07/21
Young women and girls are being stalked and abused online, have had their devices and accounts hacked and have been coerced into sending nude or sexual content, in behaviour that has become more pronounced during COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Declines in methamphetamine supply and demand in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic By A. Voce, T. Sullivan & L. Doherty
Statistical Bulletin no. 32. Australian Institute of Criminology, 20/07/21
This study uses data from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the methamphetamine market in Australia.

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Gatto’s daughter launches defamation case over inadvertently sent email By Cameron Houston
The Age, 20/07/21
The daughter of Melbourne underworld figure Mick Gatto has launched defamation action against an apartment owner who claimed her property management business was run by criminals.

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Home Affairs Minister vows to continue to hold China accountable for cyber attacks
ABC, 20/07/21
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has vowed to continue to name China for cyber attacks if it doesn't end its hacking campaign, in the wake of a significant attack on Microsoft that is being blamed on China.

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Calling out China for cyberattacks is risky — but a lawless digital world is even riskier By Alexander Gillespie
The Conversation, 20/07/21
Today’s multi-country condemnation of cyber-attacks by Chinese state-sponsored agencies was a sign of increasing frustration at recent behaviour. But it also masks the real problem — international law isn’t strong or coherent enough to deal with this growing threat.

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Excessive strip-searching shines light on discrimination of Aboriginal women in the criminal justice system By Dani Larkin
The Conversation, 19/07/21
In January, an unnamed incarcerated Aboriginal woman on remand at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in the ACT was the victim of an alleged strip search undertaken by four guards in full riot gear in full view of male detainees. The woman is a survivor of previous sexual assault and also has a serious heart condition.

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Why conservatorships like the one controlling Britney Spears can lead to abuse By Naomi Cahn
The Conversation, 19/07/21
Spears’ case is unusual: Conservatorships are typically not imposed on someone who doesn’t have severe cognitive impairments, and Spears has toured the world, released four albums and earned US$131 million, all while deemed legally unfit to manage her finances or her own body. But it does illustrate how easily conservatorships can be abused.

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Exfiltrate, encrypt, extort: The global rise of ransomware and Australia’s policy options By Rachael Falk & Anne-Louise Brown
ASPI, 13/07/21
As the Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the world, another less visible epidemic has occurred concurrently—a tsunami of cybercrime producing global losses totalling more than US$1 trillion.

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The fightback against critical race theory By Sean Collins
Spiked, 09/07/21
American parents have had enough of this divisive ideology being imposed on their kids.

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Combating foreign disinformation on social media By by Raphael S. Cohen, Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, Joe Cheravitch, Alyssa Demus, Scott W. Harold, Jeffrey W. Hornung, Jenny Jun, Michael Schwille, Elina Treyger, Nathan Vest
RAND, 2021
Disinformation campaigns on social media pose a nuanced threat. But much of the U.S. response remains ad hoc and uncoordinated. It's unclear who has the edge moving forward, because disinformation techniques and countermeasures are evolving simultaneously.

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