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Colleen Bryant


Measuring the economic impact of early bushfire detection

The fires that occurred over the 2019/20 Australian summer were unprecedented in scale and had a devastating impact on large parts of the country. This paper estimates the economic costs of bushfires between 2020 and 2049, and the potential reduction in these costs from investments...

Identifying the risks for Indigenous violent victimisation

It is not a new observation that Indigenous people in Australia experience violence at a higher rate than the general population. The impact of violence on Indigenous people and their communities has been widely documented by government and non-government inquiries, reports and commentaries. As in...

Adolescence, pornography and harm

The probability that a young person will have exposure to pornography prior to the age of 18 - the legal age in Australia at which it is permissible to view and purchase such materials - is very high. Parents and policy makers are concerned that...

Risk factors in Indigenous violent victimisation

The paper describes sources of data on victimisation, noting the gaps in data on Indigenous status and victimisation types, and arriving at trends in Indigenous violent victimisation. It identifies factors that act individually or collectively to increase victimisation, and makes some recommendations about addressing these...

Understanding bushfire: trends in deliberate vegetation fires in Australia

This paper represents the first concerted effort to document the number, size and distribution of potentially illegal fires lit in vegetation in Australia. It is based on vegetation fire data supplied by a large number of fire agencies across the country. It is technical in...