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News 27 June 2020

The Claremont serial killing trial is over but the pain for the families will never go away By Andrea Mayes
ABC, 26/06/20
It seemed scarcely fathomable when WA police commander Bob Ibbotson told incredulous West Australians shortly after Ms Glennon vanished in March 1997: "We certainly have fears that there is a serial killer at loose in Perth."

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Pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs By Amy Peacock & Rachel Sutherland
The Conversation, 26/06/20
There’s no question COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives. As drug researchers, we are interested in how the pandemic has affected illicit drug use in Australia.

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Message on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
UNODC, 26/06/20
Addressing the world drug problem requires responses that are based on facts, solidarity and compassion.

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2020 World Drug Report
UNODC, 25/06/20
The latest UNODC World Drug Report provides a global overview of the supply and demand of drugs. It also analyses trends in drug use. It looks at their impact on health, while also taking into account the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global drug use rising; while COVID-19 has far reaching impact on global drug markets.

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Federal Police arrest pair who called them for help while allegedly on people-smuggling mission By Greg Jennett
ABC, 24/06/20
Australian Federal Police and their Indonesian counterparts say they have solved a double mystery behind a bizarre botched people-smuggling venture that unravelled across both countries earlier this year.

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Australia urgently needs an independent body to hold powerful judges to account By  Gabrielle Appleby
The Conversation, 24/06/20
The whole legal profession feels the responsibility for maintaining the idea that judges are of the highest integrity, in order to justify the level of power they wield in public life.

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How does the dictionary define racism? It's evolving By Nicholas Goldberg
The Age, 23/06/20
People with a political axe to grind try to use the Bible and the Constitution as cudgels to prove their points - and, well, they use the dictionary that way, too.

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Trust, risk and routine arming: the killing of a frontline officer challenges New Zealand police practice By Ross Hendy
The Conversation, 23/06/20
The recent killing of a police officer and the wounding of his colleague in West Auckland will inevitably change police attitudes to their jobs.

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New Education Integrity Unit to tackle cheating and 'essay factories' in Australian universities By Conor Duffy
ABC, 24/06/20
Cheating, foreign interference, cyber hacking and academic integrity will be policed at universities by a federally funded "Education Integrity Unit" to be announced today.

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Explainer: what is decolonisation?  By Mary Frances O'Dowd  & Robyn Heckenberg
The Conversation, 23/06/20
Colonisation is invasion: a group of people taking over the land and imposing their own culture on Indigenous people.

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High Court inquiry finds former justice Dyson Heydon sexually harassed associates By Kate McClymont & Jacqueline Maley
The Age, 23/06/20
Former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon, one of the nation’s pre-eminent legal minds, sexually harassed six young female associates, an independent inquiry by the court has found.

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The truth about how Aboriginal people are treated in Australia By Charis Chang
News.com, 22/06/20
Many Aussies have preconceptions about the Aboriginal people and why they’re more likely to be in jail. Here is how they are treated.

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Police fight for more secrecy over gangland informers in Gobbo saga By Tammy Mills
The Age, 22/06/20
Victoria Police is seeking to shroud the identities of hit men and drug dealers involved in Melbourne’s gangland war in further secrecy.

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All colours of the rainbow: why Tasmania’s new gender identity laws are warranted By Brendan GogartyThe Conversation, 22/06/20In late 2019, Tasmania became the first state to allow its citizens (especially transgender/agender people) to obtain a birth certificate that accurately reflects their gender identity.

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Learning from experience: how our universities can turn the international student crisis into an opportunity By Rahul Sen & Swati Nagar
The Conversation, 22/06/20
The impact of COVID-19 on New Zealand’s international education sector can hardly be overstated.

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Hong Kong lawyers raise alarm over Carrie Lam's power to pick judges By Greg Torode & James Pomfret
The Age, 22/06/20
Senior Hong Kong lawyers have expressed alarm at plans for the city's leader to select judges for national security cases, calling it the most serious challenge to the territory's vaunted judicial independence since the 1997 handover to Chinese rule.

Previous News 20 June 2020

Enforcing assimilation, dismantling Aboriginal families: a history of police violence in Australia  By Thalia Anthony  & Harry Blagg
The Conversation, 19/06/20
In July 2018, Western Australia’s Police Commissioner Chris Dawson formally apologised for the mistreatment of Aboriginal people at the hands of police, acknowledging the “significant role” the police played in the dispossession of Australia’s First Nations people.

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Drug driving laws so 'grossly unfair' I can't stay in the job, magistrate says By Nick Wiggins and Damien Carrick for Law Report
ABC, 18/06/20
He's been dogged by the trauma of horrific cases and faced death threats, but Magistrate David Heilpern says he's mainly stepping down because of "grossly unfair" laws that require drivers who may have smoked cannabis days earlier to be stripped of their licence.

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We've advised what to do about the ice scourge, so why keep shattered communities waiting? By Dan Howard
The Age, 18/06/20
On January 28 this year, the ice inquiry, over which I presided as commissioner, delivered its report and 109 recommendations to the NSW government. Collectively, they offer a comprehensive strategy for drug policy in NSW and for effectively addressing the many pressing drug-related issues that fell within its terms of reference.

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Bans on Facial Recognition Are Naïve. Hold Law Enforcement Accountable for Its Abuse By Osonde A. Osoba and Douglas Yeung
RAND, 17/06/20
Broader police reform may be difficult to achieve. But in the long run, it will be more effective than any specific technology ban.

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A healthy society does not destroy its monuments symbols By James Heartfield
Spiked, 17/06/20
There are good reasons to be disturbed by the infantile attacks on historic symbols.

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Jonathon was axed in the neck and nearly died. So why was he the one charged with attempted murder? By Quentin McDermott
ABC, 17/06/20
It was a brutally violent encounter. One man lay bleeding from a gunshot wound, the other, apparently lifeless under a sheet, had been axed in the neck. The police pinpointed the victim, assailant and motive before it all unravelled. How did they get it so wrong?

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Rodney Adler in new role as the 'victim' of white collar crime By Harriet Alexander
The Age, 17/06/20
Fifteen years after Rodney Adler was packed off to prison for dishonest and misleading conduct, the corrupt businessman might have dared hope never to darken the doors of another courtroom.  But there he was at Sydney's District Court on Tuesday, this time claiming to be the victim of white collar crime and swindled of $25,000 by a man who allegedly failed to disclose he was an undischarged bankrupt when Mr Adler lent him the money.

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Ms Dhu died six years ago in police custody. Now new laws will stop anyone going to jail for unpaid fines again By Rhiannon Shine
ABC, 17/06/20
West Australians will no longer be sent to prison for unpaid fines, with law reforms prompted by the "inhumane" death of an Aboriginal woman six years ago passing State Parliament.

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Why must Indigenous claims for justice always be cast as an attack on the state? By Stan Grant
ABC, 17/06/20
Why would young Indigenous people entrust their futures to another generation of politicians — black or white — who keep telling them to wait, asks Stan Grant.

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9 tips teachers can use when talking about racism By Leticia Anderson, Kathomi Gatwiri, Lynette Riley & Marcelle Townsend-Cross
The Age, 17/06/20
Here are some things teachers can consider to help them discuss racism with their students.

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Inquiry launched into Aboriginal man struck by SA police in video
The Age, 16/06/20
Video posted to Facebook on Monday night show SA Police officers forcefully handcuffing 28-year-old Noel Henry.  South Australia's police chief has rejected suggestions of systemic racism in the force after video footage emerged of an Aboriginal man being pinned down and hit by officers in Adelaide.

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Explainer: what does the law say about secret recordings and the public interest? By Rick Sarre
The Conversation, 16/06/20
All Australian jurisdictions have laws regulating the use of listening devices, some for the past 50 years. Each of these statutes makes it an offence to listen to or record a private conversation using a listening device.

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A question of trust: should bosses be able to spy on workers, even when they work from home? By Val Hooper, Gordon Anderson & Stephen Blumenfeld
The Conversation, 16/06/20
With employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, more companies felt the need to track them remotely.

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Fraud within and against the Commonwealth: The most harmful frauds, 2016-17 to 2018-19 By Coen Teunissen, Russell G Smith & Penny Jorna
Statistical Report no. 26,  Australian Institute of Criminology, 16/06/20
The current report presents the information about the most harmful internal and external frauds committed against the Commonwealth in 2018–19, compared with those reported in 2016–17 and 2017–18.

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Commonwealth fraud investigations 2017-18 and 2018-19 By Coen Teunissen, Russell G Smith & Penny Jorna
Statistical Report no. 25, Australian Institute of Criminology, 16/06/20
This Statistical Report presents the findings of the most recent annual census of fraud against Commonwealth entities and the measures taken to prevent fraud.

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Storage restrictions associated with reduction in deaths By Terry L. Schell
RAND, 15/06/20
Three common types of gun laws are associated with changes in the rate of firearm deaths, with the most-restrictive combination of the laws estimated to result in an 11 percent reduction in deaths.

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Abolishing the police: a cruel denial of justice By Fraser Myers
Spiked, 09/06/20
Crime blights the poorest and the most marginalised far more than the woke middle classes will admit.

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