Is this the Home Affairs we really want?

You can tell an organisation by the way it sells itself…and by the colour of its shirts, says CLA Director Jennifer Ashton, not a fan of Home Affairs. 24 July 2017

AFP targets victims, not criminals

If overseas crooks ripped you off for millions, you’d go the AFP, wouldn’t you? MIght not be such a good idea, when the AFP go after victims, not criminals.  12 June 2017

When victims meet perpetrators

Justice in Australia doesn’t come in just one size: a new form, restorative, is starting to reintroduce victims and criminals to each other for better outcomes for both sides. 5 April 2017

Is modern slavery law up to the challenge?

Modern slavery – child labour, prostitutes, oppressive factoies – are rife throughout the world, and Australia, with maybe 5000 slaves,  is not immune. Government is considering a new law here. 2 Mar 2017

Kim killing has other victims

The murder of Kim Jong-nam in KL airport highlights the issue of human trafficking-slavery, with which Australia is about to grapple. Are the women killers, or victims themselves? 1 Mar 2017 

Resist drones, mindless drones

As technology intrudes increasingly into our lives in future, we need to be wary of allowing mindless surveillance and killing devices to have robotic control over life and death. 23 Feb 2017

Bulging prisons? Recidivist politicians

Inmate numbers and prisons keep growing in Australia, even as crime falls worldwide. It’s scandalous that incompetent politicians keep building jails and locking more people up, says Ross Fitzgerald. 2 Jan 2017

Capital punishment: comparing societies

‘An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind’, said Gandhi. Taking a life in revenge or bloodlust demeans any state or society, Kay Danes argues. 2 Aug 2016

Is terrorism being over-sold?

The instant response to a terrorist incident is to ‘declare war on terrorists’, but the chance of dying in a terrorist attack is still very small, says Prof Chris Michaelsen. 22 July 2016

Criminal incompetence: police & firearms

Firearms registries restrict only innocent, law-abiding licence holders and do nothing for preventing or solving crime, according to shooters. It’s time for a re-think of the system. 8 April 2016

Remember, police are regularly wrong

Police always think they’re right: it’s Copper 101. Watchers of Ch 10’s morning program, where police protesteth too much, might recall they’re wrong every time someone is acquitted, which is very regularly. 9 Mar 2016