Bail practices and policy alternatives in Australia
There was a rapid increase in the remand in custody population in Australia between 2008 and 2018, partly caused by legislative responses to some high-profile offences committed by defendants while on bail. The approach in this study was to explore bail and remand policy that...
If Australian police officers are allowed to shoot to kill, they should be better trained
Firearm deaths occur in heated situations because police carry guns as standard issue. This article explores the imperatives for firearm training for Australian police officers.
How to reverse Australia's remand explosion
Burgeoning numbers of untried prisoners are fuelling an unsustainable rise in Australia’s prison population. Only a shift in resources will bring the figure down, writes Rick Sarre.
Craig McLachlan, defamation and getting the balance right when sexual harassment goes to court
Last week Rocky Horror Show actor Craig McLachlan issued defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, one of the women who has accused McLachlan of sexual harassment. While no criminal charges have been laid, police are currently investigating allegations...
Tougher national parole laws won’t end the violence
Rick Sarre and Lorana Bartels ask if there's a case for an overhaul of nationwide parole laws?