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Crime, Justice & the Law

The Criminal justice system includes government institutions, the courts, police and corrections, responsible for upholding the law, deterring and mitigating crime, or punishing those who violate laws with criminal penalties or other sanctions. Articles here also discuss the relationship between government and the criminal justice institutions. 

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Smart Start: 'preloading' and a safe night out - research studies

‘Smart Start - A Preloading Project’ ran predominantly in the Brisbane CBD between August, 2014 to late February, 2015. 

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Queenslanders support Labor's early last drinks law

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (2.2.16):

'The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, known as FARE, said ... More »

Lockout laws in Queensland

The Queensland Government is planning to amend the liquor licensing laws in order to reduce the level of violence in areas such as Fortitude Valley... More »

ABC's 'hitting home' report portrays ideal response to domestic violence

In The Conversation (24.11.15) Silke Meyer reviews the ABC documentary about domestic violence in Australia: 'Hitting Home'.

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Liquor licensing and violence

Amy Remeikis writes in the Brisbane Times (9.11.15):

'The Palazczuk government has bought itself some time to win over the cross b... More »

The dangers of politicising the criminal justice system

The publication of the organised crime inquiry report has generated the sort of response that demonstrates how rational debate, and evidence-based ... More »

Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry

On 30 October 2015 Commissioner Michael Byrne QC handed down the 600-page report of his inquiry into organised crime in Queensland, and the impact ... More »

Queensland police drop case against first men charged under anti-bikie laws

The Guardian (15.10.15) reported that police have dropped the case against the first three men charged under the state’s c... More »

Piecemeal responses show Australia still doesn't 'get' domestic violence

Terry Goldsworthy writes in The Conversation (28.9.15) that while the initiatives contained in Turnbull’s announcement were positive... More »

Implementing the 'Not Now, Not Ever' report on domestic violence in Queensland

Professor Molly Dragiewicz, Director Crime and Justice Research Centre at QUT, writes:

‘Queensland has had only four projects that ev... More »

Assessing the impact of the VLAD laws

'Bikie Laws - The Fallout', reported in the Sunshine Coast Daily, is a collaboration between Australian Regional Media and students of Bon... More »

KPMG evaluation of Queensland 'boot camps'

The Fitzgerald Report

The full text of the Fitzgerald Report

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Why Australia's war on bikies will inevitably end in failure

Terry Goldsworthy examines the statistical evidence on arrests and prosecutions in the 'war against bikies' launched by the Newman Government in 20... More »

Crime and Corruption Commission deadlock over

The Brisbane Times (22.7.15) reports on the resolution of the deadlock over the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Commision Committee's a... More »

$31 million to fight domestic violence

Domestic violence initiatives announced in the 2015 Queensland budget include:

Palaszczuk Government reinstating court diversionary programs

The Government has allocated $32.3 million over the next four years to reinstate court diversionary processes. This includes $8.7 million... More »

Chief Justice Carmody resignation

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (1.7.15):

'After 11 months of controversy, Tim Carmody finally silenced his critics by ... More »

Stalemate continues over Chief Justice Carmody

'In a statement released last month signalling his intention to resign, Justice Carmody said he would stand down only if there was a round-table di... More »

Judiciary must defend integrity: Sofronoff

Alexandra Patrikios reports in The Brisbane Times (19.6.15) on a speech by former solicitor-general Walter Sofronoff to the Australian Aca... More »

Bleijie, Newman and the 'Carmody Club'

Roger Scott reports on the coverage by the Courier-Mail (15.6.15), under its headline 'Stand up for Carmody Club' - 'Under-fire Chief Just... More »

Newman's poisoned legacy

Alex McKean and Stephen Keim write in Justinian (4.6.15):

'No one could have done more than the current governor to achieve Chief ... More »

Review of the VLAD laws

The Attorney-General has announced a review of the VLAD laws, to be chaired by former Supreme Court Judge Alan Wilson.

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Why Australia (and Queensland) needs to change its view of organised crime

In The Conversation (11.6.15) Terry Goldsworthy and Caitlin Byrne discuss the changing nature of organised crime, and ask whether aut... More »

Chief Justice Tim Carmody - Campbell Newman's most contentious legacy?

The media suggest that Chief Justice Tim Carmody may be on the point of retiring.

In April, Andrew Lynch wrote in Inside Story&nbs... More »


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