Law and Justice

Race Has No Place In The Constitution
17 July 2017

Race Has No Place In The Constitution

“The radical attempt to divide Australians in our national constitution is wrong and it will be rejected by the Australian people,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Referendum Council today delivered its recommendations to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, that there should be a
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Volume 2. ‘The Castle’ in 18th Century Australia
4 July 2017

Volume 2. ‘The Castle’ in 18th Century Australia

Just six months after the arrival of the First Fleet in Botany Bay in 1788, one event in particular demonstrates just how important the concept of the rule of law was to the British founders of the colony of New South Wales. This is the remarkable story of two convicts, a ship’s captain and a missing package.
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The New South Wales Government’s Bold Criminal Justice Reforms Will Improve Community Safety
9 May 2017

The New South Wales Government’s Bold Criminal Justice Reforms Will Improve Community Safety

“The New South Wales Government should be congratulated for its bold criminal justice reforms, which will improve community safety and have the potential to save taxpayers money in the longer term,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free-market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The New South Wales Government today announced a package of reforms to the administration
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IPA Research Outlines Criminal Justice Lessons From The United States
28 April 2017

IPA Research Outlines Criminal Justice Lessons From The United States

“There are a number of lessons for Australian governments from the United States about how to reform our criminal justice systems to improve community safety,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA criminal justice project today released its second major research paper, Criminal justice reform: Lessons from the United
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Criminal Justice Reform – Lessons From The United States
28 April 2017

Criminal Justice Reform – Lessons From The United States

Criminal justice reform first principles • Criminal justice reform in the United States has slowed the rate of growth of incarceration, reduced recidivism, and saving money. • The reform agenda has had bipartisan input and support, with reforms being implemented in many cases with Republican leadership. • The principles of successful criminal justice reform: » Community safety is paramount, and
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Locking Down Crime
28 April 2017

Locking Down Crime

Community safety is the highest priority of the criminal justice system and the NSW government can be proud of the latest batch of crime statistics. Robbery and theft have declined 13 per cent from the last quarter of 2016.Other serious crimes such as murder and assault are stable. This stands in stark contrast to Victoria where serious crime is skyrocketing,
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Criminal Justice Reform Does Not Start In Jails
7 April 2017

Criminal Justice Reform Does Not Start In Jails

The new WA Government has said that it cannot afford to build a new $600 million prison planned by the previous government. But this cost cannot be avoided simply by letting people out of prison. Criminal justice reform must always be about maximising community safety. The Government is right to look for inefficiencies in the criminal justice system. WA has
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18c Decision Could Mark The End Of The Beginning For PM Malcolm Turnbull
24 March 2017

18c Decision Could Mark The End Of The Beginning For PM Malcolm Turnbull

We might soon be approaching the end of the beginning of Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership. A harsh critic of his government might argue that since the federal election in July last year the government has meandered through policy and lacked a clear definition of its purpose. If the leader doesn’t know, or doesn’t explain what they stand for, voters can’t
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Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech
14 March 2017

Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech

“The only proposal the Federal Cabinet should consider is the full repeal of 18C,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. “Tinkering with the administrative processes of the Australian Human Rights Commission are mere window dressing.” “The suggestion that the debate about freedom of speech in Australia could be ‘put
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Fake News Meets 18C
1 March 2017

Fake News Meets 18C

Earlier this month Professor Andrew Jakubowitz of the taxpayer-created Cyber Racism and Community Resilience Research Group attempted to debunk a poll commissioned by the IPA showing a plurality of Australians supported section 18C reform. As I explained on Flat White, his argument that the IPA was pushing loaded questions fell apart when exposed to minimal scrutiny. Professor Jakubowitz’s CRaCR later
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