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Current News 15 May 2021

New prisons or looser bail laws? Labor’s unpalatable choice By Royce Millar, Chris Vedelago and Tammy Mills
The Age, 15/05/21
The Victorian government faces a politically unpalatable choice between spending billions of dollars to build and manage new prisons or winding back a decade of popular “tough on crime” bail and sentencing laws in an effort to avoid an explosion in prisoner numbers.

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With a St Kilda jumper as bait, paedophile coaches turned boyhood dreams into nightmares By Russell Jackson
ABC, 15/05/21
Like so many other boys, he could ignore the uncomfortable moments if it meant pulling on a St Kilda jumper. It was 1976. He was 11 years old. A friendly man with a doting wife and a baby in the pram beside them offered him a game in the Saints Little League team.

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Universities are being 'left to bleed' after 2021 federal budget snub, Nobel Laureate ANU head says By Conor Duffy
ABC, 14/05/21
Following this week's budget — and the perilous state of the university sector in the wake of the COVID crisis — he has been stumped by a government budget snub.

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Commissioners chosen for Australia's first Aboriginal truth-telling inquiry By Nicole Asher
ABC, 14/05/21
Leaders in healing practices and sociology, a former supreme court justice, and Victorian elders have been selected as commissioners to lead the country's first Aboriginal truth-telling inquiry.

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Yes, religion plays a more prominent role in politics. But ‘secular Australia’ has always been a myth By Cristina Rocha
The Conversation, 14/05/21
Religion and politics have long been uneasy bedfellows, especially in largely secular societies like Australia. But since September 11 and the sudden focus on Islam in Western politics, it has taken a far more prominent role.

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NSW Custody Statistics: Quarterly update March 2021
NSW Custody Statistics. BOCSAR, 13/05/21
This report presents 24 months of reception, discharge and custody population data and comparisons between the current and previous quarter for age, gender, indigenous status, most serious offence and the average length of stay.

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Understanding the decline in Aboriginal young people in custody in NSW from 2015 to 2019 By Neil Donnelly, Stephanie Ramsey, Suzanne Poynton & Jackie Fitzgerald
Bureau Brief No. BB153. BOCSAR, 13/05/21
In recent years, there has been a steady decline in the number of Aboriginal young people in custody in New South Wales (NSW).

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Queensland Police Service unfairly hired women to meet gender targets, CCC finds By Kate McKenna
ABC, 12/05/21
The Queensland Police Service engaged in "corrupt manipulation" and "discriminatory" practices to achieve a 50 per cent female hiring target, an investigation by the state's anti-corruption watchdog has found.

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Dozens dead as Israel, Hamas escalate aerial bombardments By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller
The Age, 12/05/21
Gaza/Jerusalem: Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated on Tuesday, raising the death toll in two days to 30 Palestinians and three Israelis, with Israel carrying out multiple air strikes in Gaza and the Islamist militant group firing rockets at Tel Aviv.


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Israel-Palestinian violence: why East Jerusalem has become a flashpoint in a decades-old conflict By Tristan Dunning & Martin Kear
The Conversation, 12/05/21
Weeks of tensions between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem have boiled over in recent days, unleashing some of the worst violence between Israel and the Palestinians in years.


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South Carolina aims to bring back the firing squad By Jason Opal
The Conversation, 11/05/21
The South Carolina Legislature recently voted to allow death row prisoners to choose a firing squad over electrocution and lethal injection.


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The NT’s tough-on-crime approach won’t reduce youth offending. This is what we know works By Nicholas Fancourt
The Conversation, 11/05/21
Last week the Northern Territory (NT) government proposed legislative changes to youth justice, including tightening access to bail and diversion, particularly for re-offenders.


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Child sexual abuse material on the darknet: A script analysis of how offenders operate By B. Leclerc, J. Drew, T. Holt, J. Cale & S. Singh
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 627. Australian Institute of Criminology, 11/05/21
Using data obtained from interviews with online investigators, this study uses crime script analysis to reconstruct step-by-step how offenders operate on the darknet.

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Want to save the children? How child sexual abuse and human trafficking really work By Alexandra Baxter
The Conversation, 10/05/21
Millions of kidnapped children are imprisoned in underground tunnels, being sexually abused and tortured by a shadowy global cabal of paedophiles.  That, at least, is some of the misinformation about child sex trafficking being spread on social media.

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To understand racism, kids must empathise with its impact — and teachers must embrace discomfort By Niranjan Casinader
The Conversation, 10/05/21
For people who experience racism, the pain sometimes comes as much from words as it does from actions.


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Cyber attack on US fuel pipeline operator blamed on DarkSide, a 'Robin Hood' criminal gang
ABC, 10/05/21
The shutdown of one of the United States' major fuel pipeline operators has entered its third day following the worst cyberattack to date on critical US infrastructure.

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More NSW Police officers charged with domestic violence as victims face ongoing problems getting help By Hayley Gleeson
ABC, 10/05/21
NSW Police must urgently overhaul the way it deals with perpetrators of domestic violence in its ranks, experts say, with frontline workers claiming the standard practice of police investigating their close colleagues too often means alleged abusers are not being held accountable, putting victims' safety on the line.


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Inside the scandal that rocked New York’s rarefied art world By Kylie Northover
The Age, 06/05/21
This fascinating story of the largest art fraud in American history is no heist-style crime, but a long-game deception involving New York’s oldest and most prestigious art gallery, experts, collectors so wealthy it is hard to feel a great deal of sympathy, and a Chinese maths teacher.

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Does Snow White promote rape culture?
Spiked (UK), 06/05/21
Prince Charming acted without consent, according to woke loons.

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Why lockdown has become a lifestyle By Frank Furedi
Spiked (UK), 30/04/21
The culture of fear has made a lifetime of quarantine look attractive.

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Joint statement in response to Woolworths decision to abandon development of Darwin Dan Murphy’s megastore
FARE, 29/04/21
Woolworths’ decision to abandon its plans to build an alcohol megastore near the community of Bagot in Darwin is an acknowledgement of the significant harm the store would cause the community.

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Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System
Parliament of Victoria, 2020
That this House requires the Legal and Social Issues Committee to inquire into, consider and report, by no later than 28 February 2022, on various issues associated with the operation of Victoria’s justice system.

Previous News 08/05/21

Overcrowding, COVID restrictions to blame for unrest at Hobart's Risdon Prison, critics say By  Alexandra Humphries
ABC, 07/05/21
As the dust settles following the latest incident at Tasmania's Risdon Prison, critics say Wednesday night's unrest was the unsurprising result of overcrowding and coronavirus restrictions at a facility under constant strain.

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Secret that cost Borce Ristevski years in prison By Rohan Smith
News.com, 07/05/21
One of Australia’s most troubling domestic violence cases took a surprising twist when the killer sacrificed his freedom to keep a secret.

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Why Facebook created its own ‘supreme court’ for judging content – 6 questions answered By Siri Terjesen
The Conversation, 06/05/21
Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board on May 5, 2021, upheld the company’s suspension of former President Donald Trump from the platform and Instagram.
What is this Oversight Board that made one of the most politically perilous decisions Facebook has ever faced?

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How does domestic violence escalate over time? By H. Boxall & S. Lawler
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 626. Australian Institute of Criminology, 06/05/21
A key assumption in the domestic violence literature is that abuse escalates in severity and frequency over time. However, very little is known about how violence and abuse unfolds within intimate relationships and there is no consensus on how escalation should be defined or how prevalent it is.


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Traditional owners ask federal politicians for help to protect McArthur River Mine sacred sites By Jane Bardon
ABC, 06/05/21
Aboriginal traditional owners have made a plea to federal MPs and senators investigating the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves in WA, asking for their help to protect sacred sites in the NT.


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Here’s why the planned NDIS reforms discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people By John Gilroy
The Conversation, 06/06/21
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the greatest human services reforms in Australia’s history, and holds great promise in improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with disability.


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'See what you made me do’ will change the way we think about domestic violence. Here’s what needs to happen now By Anastasia Powell & Lisa Harris
The Conversation, 06/06/21
It may be a familiar statistic, but it is still shocking and unacceptable. In Australia, almost every week a woman dies at the hands of her partner or ex-partner.


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NSW deputy premier threatens to sue FriendlyJordies, reminding us that parody hits in a way traditional media can’t By Laura Glitsos
The Conversation, 05/06/21
New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro is reportedly threatening legal action against YouTuber and political satirist Jordan Shanks, better known as friendlyjordies, over allegedly defamatory and “racist” comments. Shanks’s parodying of Barilaro has included imitating him with a strong Italian accent.


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Westpac hit with insider trading allegations over Ausgrid privatisation By Sarah Danckert
The Age, 05/05/21
Westpac has been accused by the corporate watchdog of insider trading and unconscionable conduct during AustralianSuper and IFM’s purchase of a controlling stake in NSW energy company Ausgrid five years ago.


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One in four people with an eating disorder has autism and current treatments might be failing them By Eliza Hull

ABC, 05/05/21
One in four people with an eating disorder may have autism according to some experts, which can mean they aren't receiving the right type of treatment.


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This is not an overdose By Lorna Knowles, John Stewart & Jackie Dent
ABC, 05/05/21
The night before Isaac Reis died, the 22-year-old knew something wasn’t right.
Isaac was so concerned about all the prescription medication he was taking, he asked to stay at his parent’s house.


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Victoria Police looking to relaunch schools program in plan to bolster community ties By Rachel Clayton
ABC, 05/05/21
Victoria Police is pushing to bolster its presence in schools with a series of new programs more than a decade after the last strategy was officially scrapped, but experts are split over whether it will build community relations or is a worrying intervention by the police force.


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'The wild, wild west of advertising': the business of distinguishing personal from paid posts By Anna Kelsey-Sugg & Skye Docherty 
ABC, 05/05/21
When lawyer and Instagram influencer Anna Heinrich posted a picture of herself in a pale green dress earlier this year, there was one significant problem.
She tagged the maker of the dress she was wearing, but failed to disclose that the label sponsors her.


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Fraud and its relationship to pandemics and economic crises: From Spanish flu to COVID-19 By M. Levi & R. Smith
Research Report no. 19.  Australian Institute of Criminology. 04/05/21
This report seeks to draw out the common characteristics of frauds associated with pandemics, and to identify any risks unique to pandemics and financial crises, beginning with the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, as the closest to COVID-19 in the modern era.


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Australia to establish a new federal natural disaster agency By Cameron Gooley
ABC, 04/05/21
More than half a billion dollars will be given to a new agency that will oversee national responses to major natural disasters and will help disaster-proof communities. 


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Laws governing police use of DNA are changing: are the proposals fair for all New Zealanders? By Carrie Leonetti
The Conversation, 03/05/21
By helping identify perpetrators and the remains of victims, forensic DNA analysis holds enormous power to solve crimes. It also has enormous implications for privacy and fairness. But with science and society changing at such a pace, the law can struggle to keep up.


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No, uni isn’t racist By Paddy Hannam
Spiked (UK), 03/05/21
Universities are bending over backwards to appease woke racial ideology.


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The Covid fines are a monstrous assault on justice By Lara Dodsworth
Spiked (UK), 03/05/21
More than a quarter have been issued unlawfully. They must be scrapped.


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Kat spent $4,000 on a mobile game: she fell for a sneaky tactic By Lucy Carter, Lesley Robinson, Laura Gartry & Alex Palmer
ABC, 03/05/21
Welcome to the game. You are now one of the millions of Australians who play video games every day.


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Noel Clarke and the problem of trial by media By Brendan O'Neill
Spiked (UK), 30/04/21
The speed with which Clarke has been cancelled should alarm democrats and progressives.

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