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Baird must revisit O’Farrell’s mandatory sentencing laws

Leave a Comment - April 22, 2014
Baird must revisit O’Farrell’s mandatory sentencing laws

In today’s Sydney Morning Herald, Deakin criminologist Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon has authored an op-ed encouraging the new NSW Premier, Mike Baird, to reconsider O’Farrell’s proposed mandatory sentencing laws for a range of serious offences. The mandatory minimum sentencing scheme was proposed as part of a wider package of reforms intended to target community concern surrounding justice system and licensing responses

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Just Published: The pursuit of exclusion through zonal banning

Leave a Comment - March 27, 2014

Research published today in the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (OnlineFirst) by Deakin Criminology’s Associate Professor Darren Palmer and Dr Ian Warren explores how alcohol bans reflect the use of new public order policing powers through territorial controls. The timely research outlines the nature of sub-sovereign ‘police laws’ and the extent to which they have been used based on Victorian data.

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The injustice of the provocation defence in NSW continues

Leave a Comment - March 24, 2014
The injustice of the provocation defence in NSW continues

On Friday, Yassir Ibrahim Mohamed Hassan was sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court to a maximum term of 12 years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of nine years, for the manslaughter of his wife, Mariam Henery Yousif. Hassan’s case is a stark reminder of the injustices caused by the partial defence of provocation, which continues to reduce what would otherwise be

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Kate Fitz-Gibbon responds to NSW provocation law reform

Leave a Comment - March 5, 2014
Kate Fitz-Gibbon responds to NSW provocation law reform

In NSW Parliament today Fred Nile introduced the Crimes Amendment (Provocation) Bill 2014 [NSW]. While debate was adjourned, several parliamentary members have expressed their support for the Bill. The Bill replaces the partial defence of provocation with a new ‘partial defence of extreme provocation’. The reformed defence retains many of the traditional yet controversial features of the provocation defence, including the

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Another surveillance story – Yahoo webcam images being captured

Leave a Comment - February 28, 2014

Two major surveillance stories today The first is about the surveillance and ‘collection’ of web cam images: GCHQ and NSA capturing Yahoo webcam images The second is an OpEd on the meaning of the term ‘collected’: ‘NSA robots are ‘collecting’ your data, too, and they’re getting away with it’

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Darren Palmer guest on Hong Kong Radio 3 panel discussion of 40 years of ICAC

Leave a Comment - February 27, 2014

Darren Palmer was a panel guest on Hong Kong Radio 3, RTHK on February 17 Backchat show for a discussion of “Role of ICAC for 40 Years – How do you find the efforts of the organisation in combating corruption in Hong Kong? Or more needs to be done? (8.30-9.15 Hong Kong time). This is a follow up from previous

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A new chapter on ‘ID Scanners and Uberveillance’

Leave a Comment - February 27, 2014

Darren Palmer and Ian Warren (Criminology) and Peter Miller have just had a book chapter published: ‘ID Scanners and Uberveillance in the Night-Time Economy: Crime Prevention or Invasion of Privacy?’chapter 9 (pp. 208-225)  in MG Michael and K Michael eds. Uberveillance and the Social Implications of Microchip Implants: Emerging Technologies. A volume in the Advances in Human and Social Aspects

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