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Audio interview

23 Nov 2017

Victoria is poised to become the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying after a historic bill was passed yesterday in the state parliament.

After a marathon debate — MPs in the Upper House voted 22 to 18 to allow terminally ill patients in Victoria to legally end...

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Strategy

20 Nov 2017

The number one priority of the Victorian Government is the safety and security of the people of Victoria.

The Victorian Government takes a joined up approach in responding to the threat of terrorism – working with all key partners. This approach seeks to balance the human rights of all...

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Report

20 Nov 2017

In June 2017, the Victorian government established the independent Expert Panel on Terrorism and Violent Extremism Prevention and Response Powers (‘Expert Panel’), led by former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay AO, and former Victorian Court of Appeal Justice, the Hon David Harper AM...

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Briefing paper

17 Nov 2017

Drawing on research in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) highlands as part of the Do No Harm (DNH) project, this In Brief examines some of the challenges women face in escaping violent relationships. One assumption often made is that increasing women’s access to economic resources, such as...

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Research report

16 Nov 2017

In 2008 the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) released a comprehensive study on missing persons in Australia, which presented national data on at-risk groups and identified best practice related to prevention, early intervention, referral processes and support services (...

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Website

15 Nov 2017

The results are in. View the details of the survey results.

Australians were asked to answer the following question in a postal survey:

Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Of the eligible Australians who expressed a view on this...

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Discussion paper

10 Nov 2017

On 25 May 2017, the Victorian Government announced that it would introduce legislation in 2018 to establish a Sentencing Guidelines Council in Victoria. In July 2017, the Attorney-General asked the Sentencing Advisory Council to advise him on the most suitable model following...

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Book

09 Nov 2017

The Australian Defence Force, together with military forces from a number of western democracies, have for some years been seeking out and killing Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, detaining asylum seekers for periods at sea or running the judicial systems of failed states. It...

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Briefing paper

06 Nov 2017

This e-brief discusses the High Court’s decision in Brown v Tasmania and its implications for protest law in NSW.

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Discussion paper

01 Nov 2017

New energy technologies, including solar PV and battery storage, are changing the way energy is delivered to customers. Like other industries, the regulatory frameworks that apply to the sale and delivery of energy must adapt.

The NSW Government has prepared a discussion paper about...

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Research report

31 Oct 2017

Throughout the 1980s, every Australian state or territory moved to enact legislation with the purpose of protecting women from intimate partner violence through the provision of a civil court order, or Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPOs).

Enforcement of DVPOs, including across...

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Research report

30 Oct 2017

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.

Separate figures are presented for juveniles and adults....

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Policy report

26 Oct 2017

The Law Council of Australia recognises that forced displacement affects a significant number of people worldwide, and that the number of people seeking international protection, and a safe and viable way in which to access it, continues to increase.

The Law Council therefore...

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Commentary

26 Oct 2017

The destruction of Tasmania’s pristine wilderness areas, first by dams and then by logging, has been a focus for environmental protests at least since the flooding of Lake Pedder in 1972. Bob Brown, the founding leader of the Greens, has been a central figure in much of that history, as he was...

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Report

26 Oct 2017

Aim: To investigate the impact of the 2015 Domestic Violence Evidence-in-Chief (DVEC) reforms on court outcomes for Domestic Violence (DV) assaults in New South Wales (NSW).

Method: Court outcome data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research’s...

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Research report

25 Oct 2017

The New South Wales Police Force Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) seeks to prevent future offending by targeting repeat offenders and people police believe are likely to commit future crime. The STMP is both a police intelligence tool that uses risk assessment to ‘predict’ suspects and a...

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Annual Report

24 Oct 2017

This is the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS)’s annual report for the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. This report has been prepared in accordance with legislative requirements.

These include the annual reporting requirements set out in the Public Governance,...

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Report

24 Oct 2017

Rarely mentioned as a legal policy consideration, this report suggests that gambling may be a feature of offenders’ lives in more ways than the community might expect — a ‘sleeper’ issue, as project participants described it. Yet the overwhelming presence of mental illness,...

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Report

23 Oct 2017

Early estimates point to higher rates of cognitive impairment among Indigenous Australians in custody compared to non-Indigenous Australians. This study sought to examine the prevalence of cognitive impairment in a representative sample of Indigenous offenders from Victorian prisons. Differences...

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Report

23 Oct 2017

Recent years have seen the introduction of police body-worn cameras (BWCs) in many countries. Despite the costs involved in purchasing equipment and storing the large amounts of data generated, there is a dearth of evidence to support their mainstream use as part of law enforcement activities....

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