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This article considers whether a specific domestic violence offence is needed in Australian criminal law that can recognise the ongoing, controlling and coercive nature of domestic violence. The recent introduction into English and Welsh law of a ‘controlling or coercive’ behaviour offence...
JusticeNet is an independent not-for-profit organisation that brokers pro bono legal assistance for low-income and disadvantaged South Australians and community organisations, predominantly for civil law matters. In September 2013, JusticeNet commenced a pilot Self- Representation Service, providing legal advice and discrete task assistance to eligible...
Introduction: In recent years, most States and Territories have enacted legislation that gives authorities greater powers to tackle gang related crime. Often the stated aims of governments when introducing such laws has been to target the activities of motorcycle clubs (sometimes referred to as...
This paper provides assessments of some of the most promising technical tools for predictive policing, which is the use of analytical techniques to identify promising targets for police intervention with the goal of preventing crime, solving past crimes, and identifying potential offenders and victims....
These fact sheets provide overviews of youth justice supervision during 2011–12 by state and territory.
Differences in youth justice supervision between the states and territories may reflect variations in legislation, policy and practice.
This report provides the most comprehensive contemporary profile of serious and organised crime in Australia. The report provides the context in which organised crime operates in Australia and gives an overview of each of the key illicit markets and the activities which fundamentally enable serious...
This report reviews the appropriateness and effectiveness of Australia's national security legislation, focusing on the legal definition of terrorism and on controversial powers such as control orders, preventative detention and coercive questioning.
This report evaluates the operation, effectiveness and implications of key Commonwealth, state and territory counter-terrorism laws.
At a Special Meeting on counterterrorism on 27 September 2005, Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reached agreement that “it was appropriate for newly introduced counterterrorism laws to be...
This article explores the criminalisation and governance of sexting among young people.
While the focus is on Australian jurisdictions, the article places debates and anxieties about sexting and young people in a broader analysis around concerns about new technologies, child sexual abuse, and the...
This paper summarises scholarly approaches to the concept of organised crime, noting that such perspectives reflect the dominant sociohistorical discourses pertaining to each proposed model.
The paper then examines current Australian legislative initiatives on thwarting organized crime – in particular, outlaw motorcycle gangs –...