Crime

Queensland brides were paid to marry Indian men: court

Marriage - Brisbane

A migration agent and his celebrant wife married 16 Brisbane brides off to Indian men as part of a “one-stop shop” for spousal visas, a trial has heard. Brisbane Times Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and Divya Krishne Gowda are alleged to have wed couples on sight, with the grooms seeking a citizen to help them stay in Australia and the brides large payments. The Brisbane District Court… Queensland brides were paid to… Read More »

MyWay data from light rail will be able to be used in criminal investigations

Rail - Canberra Times

The Australian Federal Police will be able to track the movement of suspects on Canberra’s light rail system without a warrant in the same way investigators currently do with ACT buses. Katie Burgess The Canberra Times Law enforcement agencies have been able to request data retained on MyWay cards since 2010, although have done so less than 70 times since the scheme was introduced. And since the MyWay… MyWay data from… Read More »

Violence without religion is just as terrifying

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One of the outstanding national security and government issues of the current western environment is political and religious inspired terrorism. Kendall Galbraith On Line Opinion This makes other criminal and violent behavior and its motivations a somewhat lesser evil when measured in the public domain. Terrorism motivated by… Violence without religion… Read More »

France decriminalizes Armenian genocide denial as constitutional council emphasizes freedom of expression

Armenian Genocide - Daily Sabah

The French Constitutional Council has ruled late Thursday that the criminalization of denying the Armenian genocide is an “unnecessary and disproportionate attack against freedom of speech” and rescinded the ruling which formerly labeled the denial as a “hate crime.” Daily Sabah According to the council, “This ruling causes uncertainty regarding expressions and comments on historical matters. Thereby, this ruling is an… France decriminalizes Armenian… Read More »

More police won’t necessarily lead to better outcomes on family violence – here’s what we need

Police - The Conversation

The Victorian government is recruiting more frontline police as part of a broader drive to tackle crime in the state. Marie Segrave, Dean Wilson and Kate Fitz-Gibbon The Conversation  Among the new recruits will be 415 officers specially trained to deal with family violence. The efforts to change attitudes and… More police won’t necessarily lead… Read More »

Police pursuits: when does the end justify the means?

Police - ABC

The carnage in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, in which five pedestrians died after being hit by a vehicle driven by a wanted offender, has again highlighted the issue of police pursuits. Terry Goldsworthy ABC Any policy governing police pursuits must balance the need to apprehend offenders with community safety. So what is the appropriate balance? And have Australian jurisdictions… Police pursuits: when does the… Read More »

Direct link between sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them

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There is a direct relation between the sexual objectification of girls and aggression towards them, research by psychologists at the University of Kent has shown. The University of Kent Eurek Alert The study, which looked at youth members of gangs as well as those with no gang affiliation, provides the first evidence of a link between objectification and non-sexual aggression in young people. Dr Eduardo Vasquez and… Direct link between sexual… Read More »

More domestic violence data needed ​to prevent deaths, says report

Domestic Violence - The Guardian

Human Rights Commission calls for system to report, collect, analyse and share data on domestic or family violence deaths Helen Davidson The Guardian Australia must improve its national data collection on domestic and family violence to identify gaps in services and prevent avoidable deaths, the Human Rights Commission has said. In a report released on… More domestic violence data… Read More »

Brussels gets ‘House of Cards’ treatment

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Drama weaves together political lobbying, terrorism and the migration crisis. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — Corruption, murder, and betrayal stalk the streets of Brussels — at least in a Dutch television series inspired by the U.S. hit “House of Cards” that premieres Friday. “Brussel” mixes the personal… Brussels gets ‘House of… Read More »

A Fresh Start for Former Offenders

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Social enterprise Fruit2work creates second-chance jobs, hiring former offenders to pack and deliver fresh fruit to businesses around Melbourne. Ellie Cooper Pro Bono Australia Statistics show that employment for former offenders is linked to an increase in their sense of self-worth and financial security, and a decreased likelihood of reoffending. But sadly, unemployment among… A Fresh Start for Former… Read More »

WA election 2017: Pledge to lift limits on child abuse victims seeking damages

Child abuse - ABC

The Barnett Government has promised to introduce legislation to scrap the six-year statute of limitations on when victims of child abuse can take civil against their perpetrators or institutions if it is re-elected. Nicolas Perpitch ABC Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberals would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse. The statute of limitations restricts when… WA election 2017: Pledge to lift… Read More »

Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre inmates charged over ‘disturbance’ to stay at facility

Youth - ABC

Four teenagers charged over a disturbance at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria will remain at the facility, despite a police prosecutor advising against it in court. Stephanie Corsetti ABC A 19-year-old youth offender appeared at a regional court as part of an application to relocate him from the youth facility to an adult prison. Lawyers also represented three… Malmsbury Youth Justice… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

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Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… Read More »

Slavery thrives in the gaps between our knowledge

Slavery - Asia Times

The power to end exploitation is already in our hands, Liberty Asia’s Duncan Jepson says. Duncan Jepson Asia Times What holds us back is the lack of basic data needed to make the right decisions. The much quoted line by… Slavery thrives in the… Read More »

Liberia: ‘Big Boy 1’ Arrested But…

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A former minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon has been arrested by Criminal Court “C” for his alleged involvement in the Global Witness bribery scandal but later released. By Ames K. Kadi,Jr allAfrica Shannon’s arrest on Thursday comes barely a… Liberia: ‘Big Boy… Read More »

Why most rapes go unreported in India

India - Asia Times

The woman whose humiliation was captured on video in Bangalore over the New Year is not alone in fearing retaliation and further indignity Anusha Venkat Asia Times After New Year’s Eve turned out to be a night of shame for Bangalore, India’s IT capital, as girls who had gathered on MG Road to welcome 2017 were reportedly groped en masse, politicians were quick to put the blame squarely on… Why most rapes go… Read More »