Rights and Freedoms

Give Victims The Right To Appeal Soft Sentences
31 October 2018

Give Victims The Right To Appeal Soft Sentences

Earlier this year, two women were convicted of assaulting a paramedic but avoided prison after a judge found there were special circumstances justifying a more lenient punishment. The Victorian public were outraged. Although the Government tightened the laws around offences against emergency services workers, the public’s confidence in the courts had already been shaken. This is a problem because Australians
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IPA Research Recommends New Way To Boost Confidence In The Courts
19 October 2018

IPA Research Recommends New Way To Boost Confidence In The Courts

“Australians deserve to have courts they can trust to always apply common sense standards of justice,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “Giving victims the right to direct an appeal against manifestly inadequate sentences will help to restore the public’s confidence in the courts,” said Mr Bushnell. New research from the IPA’s Criminal Justice Project
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South Australia Should Allow Offenders in Community Service To Do Paid Work
25 July 2018

South Australia Should Allow Offenders in Community Service To Do Paid Work

“Offenders in community service in South Australia are not doing all the hours of work that they should be doing to pay back their debts to society,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “At the same time, they are missing out on the opportunity to acquire the skills and discipline that work provides, and which
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Making Community Corrections Work
14 May 2018

Making Community Corrections Work

This paper draws on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Productivity Commission, and a range of studies conducted into the effectiveness of community corrections. It finds that: Community corrections is growing rapidly. The national community corrections population has grown by 18.6 percent in the last two years, and 30.2 percent since 2007. (Figure 1, Table 2) The community
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Indigenous Incarceration: Reform Policy Should Not Compromise Equality Before The Law
6 April 2018

Indigenous Incarceration: Reform Policy Should Not Compromise Equality Before The Law

The exceptionally high rate of incarceration among indigenous Australians requires a policy response that does not compromise equality before the law or community safety. Over the past decade, the national prison population rose by 43 per cent, with more than a third of this growth the result of more indigenous Australians being incarcerated. Indigenous Australians are incarcerated at 12.5 times
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Leaving Us Hungry
8 March 2018

Leaving Us Hungry

Food, nutrition and human behaviour are far too complex to be regulated with a star rating system Mandatory food labelling is a bureaucrat’s dream and a consumer’s nightmare. Just take the commonwealth government’s health star rating system for example. It’s so bad that Coles beer batter steakhouse chips receive a four-star rating (out of five). Coles execs must have a
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Malcolm Turnbull’s Sex Ban Signals All The Wrong Virtues
23 February 2018

Malcolm Turnbull’s Sex Ban Signals All The Wrong Virtues

Before Malcolm Turnbull prohibited his ministers from having sexual relations with their staff, there’s a few dozen things he should have banned first. For example, he could have banned ministers wasting taxpayers’ money. That way we wouldn’t be spending $50 billion on submarines that won’t be operational for 30 years. Or he could have banned ministers breaking their election promises by introducing
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Alcohol Tax Hurts Us All — Not Just Boozers
8 January 2018

Alcohol Tax Hurts Us All — Not Just Boozers

Australians are expected to lose a record $404 billion in taxes in 2017-18. Yet this is not enough for some. Under plans submitted to the Turnbull government by anti-alcohol lobbyists, Australian drinkers would be hit with a $29 billion tax slug over a 10-year period. The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has proposed a raft of tax hikes
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Public Safety Must Always Be The Priority
3 January 2018

Public Safety Must Always Be The Priority

Under pressure, Victoria Police have now finally admitted that gangs of young people from African backgrounds are causing fear and havoc in Melbourne’s streets. But despite that, Victoria’s police chief seems to think arresting people is somehow unfair. Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton appears to spend more time fretting about the “human rights” of juvenile rioters than he does about
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Our Work on Criminal Justice in 2017
19 December 2017

Our Work on Criminal Justice in 2017

Andrew Bushnell explains the impact our work on criminal justice has had in 2017.
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