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Commentary

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.
Article

A story of the digital generation

The life of SYN FM is a story of digital literacy – a new literacy involving the ability to write, not just read, the forms and languages of digital media content. For all of the talk of a new communications paradigm there are very few...
Report

Treaty discussions in Australia: an overview

This guide provides a broad overview of some of the most significant historical initiatives, events and policies aimed towards negotiating a treaty or treaty-like agreement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that have occurred at the Commonwealth level, as well as a summary of recent...
Briefing paper

Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018

The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 (‘Advancing the Treaty Bill’) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, on 7 March 2018.
Journal article

Game girl: re-imagining Japanese gender and gaming via Melbourne female cosplayers

As gaming becomes increasingly part of mainstream culture globally, we are beginning to see other modes of gaming subcultures -- most notably in the form of cosplay. Cosplay is short for 'costume play' and cosplayers take their inspiration from games, manga (comics), anime (animation), and...
Report

Basin environmental watering outlook for 2018–19

This year’s outlook describes seasonal and ecosystem conditions and provides an early indication of the likely watering priorities from 2018-19. The Murray–Darling Basin Authority is anticipating conditions in 2018-19 to range from very dry to wet in different catchments but with a common drying trend.
Report

Basin environmental watering outlook for 2017–18

This year’s outlook describes seasonal and ecosystem conditions and provides an early indication of the likely watering priorities from 2017-18. The Murray–Darling Basin Authority is anticipating wet conditions in early 2017-18, noting that this may change as the year progresses and is trending towards moderate...
Report

How much does prison really cost? Comparing the costs of imprisonment with community corrections

The purpose of this research was to calculate the total net cost of pathways through imprisonment and community corrections in Victoria, taking into account a range of direct and indirect costs and savings associated with a matched cohort of prisoners and offenders.
Report

Plea negotiations: an empirical analysis

Negotiating guilty pleas (‘plea bargaining’) is a central element of criminal justice processes in Australia, yet little is known outside the legal community about the frequency and outcomes of plea negotiations. This study addresses this important knowledge gap through qualitative and quantitative analysis of cases...
Report

The cost of living: an explainer

This research paper examines the cost of living in Melbourne and Victoria through four primary indicators: the consumer price index, selected living cost indexes, wages and housing data. The paper highlights trends and statistics regarding the cost of living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and internationally.