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Andrew Bushnell

Andrew Bushnell is a Research Fellow working on the IPA’s criminal justice project. The project aims to improve community safety through reform of Australia’s bloated criminal justice system.
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First step Australia: 10 ideas for reducing reoffending

This paper considers 10 policy ideas aimed at reducing Australia’s high rates of reoffending. The paper considers the costs, complexity, and effectiveness of the reforms in light of the available evidence and the Australian context.
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Skewed priorities – comparing the growth of prison spending with police spending

This report was originally released in June 2019. The author has released this updated version to correct some errors in the underlying data.
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Australian values and the enduring importance of the nation-state

This report, submitted to the Australian Senate inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy, contributes to the current debate about the role of national identity and international cooperation in Australian politics by placing Australia’s national values in their historic context, and arguing for their continued...
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Skewed priorities: comparing the growth of prison spending with police spending

Australia has seen rapid, unsustainable growth in its incarceration rate. Over the past ten years, the proportion of Australian residents who are incarcerated has risen by 30 percent. The purpose of this paper is to show what this increase means in real terms. Every extra...
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Victim appeal: how to address manifestly inadequate sentences

This paper recommends that victims of crime be given the right to instruct the DPP to seek leave to appeal sentences that they find unjustly lenient. The primary goal of this reform is to address community concern that the judiciary is out-of-touch with community standards...