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Politicisation of the police: behind the crime rate spin

Terry Goldsworthy writes in The Conversation (20.1.15) that ‘An examination of the overall crime rate in Queensland indicates that it has been steadily reducing for the past 12 years. Apart for an aberration in 2011/12, this trend has been consistent. … 

The current Queensland crime rate is more likely to be the product of a long-term, declining trend, combined with the Newman government employing an extra 800 police. Those are certainly more likely to be significant factors than laws that have only been used minimally, on a single group, which commits a very small amount of crime.’

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