Rights and Freedoms

Keep The ACCC Out Of Social Media
2 August 2019

Keep The ACCC Out Of Social Media

Nearly exactly the same things said about social media today could have been said in the middle of the 15th century about the development of movable type and the printing press. People will use books and newspapers to say nasty things about each other; foreign powers will distribute pamphlets to undermine domestic governments with the result that eventually the sources
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US Criminal Justice Reform A Lesson For Us
12 April 2019

US Criminal Justice Reform A Lesson For Us

US President Donald Trump’s endorsement of criminal justice reform is a landmark for conser­vatives. After campaigning as the “law and order candidate”, Trump has been won over by the argument that government can reduce the growth of incarceration, boost rehabilitation and save money in the long term. Trump’s support for the new approach cements its position as the new conservative
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Framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-Discrimination Legislation – Submission
10 April 2019

Framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-Discrimination Legislation – Submission

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes the opportunity to provide comments on the scope of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review into the Framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-discrimination legislation. It is the view of the IPA that the terms of reference and the title of the review itself prejudge the outcome, and its direction regarding freedom of speech
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Prison is For Violent Offenders, Not Media Executives
4 April 2019

Prison is For Violent Offenders, Not Media Executives

“Throwing media executives in jail will increase costs to taxpayers without improving community safety or addressing concerns about violent content being shared on social media platforms,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. On 3 April, the Senate passed a government-backed Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Bill 2019 that
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Queensland’s Rising Incarceration Rate Calls For Criminal Justice Overhaul
11 February 2019

Queensland’s Rising Incarceration Rate Calls For Criminal Justice Overhaul

Queenslanders are facing a massive increase in criminal justice costs but without any promise the spending will lead to safer communities. This is the key finding of a new Queensland Productivity Commission report on incarceration and reoffending. The report shows a radical rise in the number of Queenslanders going to prison. The incarceration rate, meaning the proportion of adults who
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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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