22/3/17
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Think Tank 'Australia21' Releases New Report on Australian Drug Laws
Australia21, an independent non-profit think tank, has released a new report on drug law reform entitled, 'Can Australia Respond to Drugs More Effectively and Safely?'. The organisation, which was established in 2001, commissions, conducts and reviews research on complex topics which have social, health, economic, environmental and security impacts on Australian communities. Their report on drug law reform presents the findings and recommendations from a roundtable discussion in 2015 between 11 senior and experienced law and law enforcement officials, as well as five people involved in drug services and drug research.

In a summary of the paper, the organisation stated, "Not only have attempts to reduce the supply of drugs been disappointing, but also attempts to reduce the demand for drugs... Australia21 seeks to start a national conversation about the conclusions and recommendations in this report. We hope that the political culture in drug policy will soon be changed and that an area dominated for many years by moralism, stigma and fear campaigns will increasingly be dominated by compassion, respect for evidence, cost effectiveness, respect for the rule of law and a search for better outcomes. We support a drug policy which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs, their families and communities, while minimising financial and other costs to the community and government."

This discussion coalesced into four main areas that have been used to structure the report:

- A starting point for reform
- Assumptions underpinning the approach
- Issues to consider
- A framework for illicit drug policy reform.

The report also presents thirteen key recommendations, including the introduction of pill testing, improved drug testing of drivers, and increased access to methadone treatments.

The full report is available online here. A hard copy can also be purchased for $25.

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Upcoming Events
The Royal Commission into Family Violence: Today and into the Future
Date: 10am - 12pm, 7th April 2017
Location: State Library Victoria

In 2016, on 1 April, Victoria’s ground-breaking Royal Commission into Family Violence handed down 227 recommendations, aimed at transforming responses to family violence and working towards eliminating gendered violence, particularly violence against women and children. One year later, this panel of Victorian and national experts examines the progress of government and community responses, the work still to be done and the challenges ahead. Significant progress and commitment are identified while challenges and concerns still exist about evidence, implementation, resources and gaps.

Panellists: Dr Heather Nancarrow, Christine Nixon, Professor Heather Douglas

Moderator: Dr Jenna Price

For more information, please visit the event website.
The Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice – Only 2 weeks to go!

Date: 6-8 April 2017
Location: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW

The Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration is pleased to announce that The Second International Conference on Non-Adversarial Justice: Integrating Theory and Practice will be held at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour in Sydney, from 6-8 April 2017. 

The Conference Organising Committee is very excited about the number of high quality presentations from eminent Australian and international speakers in the conference program on Family violence, Therapeutic jurisprudence, Restorative justice, Lawyers and non-adversarial justice, Appropriate dispute resolution, Indigenous justice, Solution-focussed & Problem Oriented Courts, Mental Health Courts, Family law jurisdiction, Mediation, Drug Courts, Procedural justice and Community justice.


Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Warren Brookbanks, Auckland University of Technology
  • Chief Justice Wayne Martin, Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Professor David Wexler, Rogers College of Law, Tucson Arizona
  • Dr Karni Perlman, Striks School of Law, Israel
  • Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg, Faculty of Law, Monash University
  • Jon Everest, Fellow of Resolution Institute
  • Emeritus Professor Michael Perlin, New York Law School
  • Professor Tania Sourdin, University of Newcastle Law School

For full conference details and to register now please visit www.naj2017.com

5th International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics
Date: 16-18 July 2017
Location: Sofitel Gold Coast, QLD


Cybercrime Research, Policy and Practice: the Collaboration Imperative:

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society, the event will explore the rapid expansion of technology-enabled crime and how collaboration can inform technological, legal and policy responses internationally. 

Register now!

Early bird registrations close 30 May 2017. Get your ticket at www.icccf2017.com.au

The conference will feature influential speakers from across government, academia and industry. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Tobias Feakin, Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs
  • Professor Hugh Bradlow, Chief Scientist at Telstra
  • Professor Jonathan Clough, Monash University
  • Professor Monica Whitty, University of Warwick
  • Professor Janet Chan, University of NSW
  • Professor David Wall, University of Leeds
  • Professor Roger Bradbury, National Security College

Abstract submission deadline extended until 31 March 2017

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at this important cybercrime conference. Abstracts can address any relevant questions within the broad theme and you can choose to present in one of two streams:

  • Research and policy
  • Practice and technology

Submissions close 31 March 2017. Find out more about submitting an abstract at our website.

Sentencing Seminar Series–—register for live web streaming
Registrations are now open for Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s first public presentation—Evidence-based sentencing with former California Supreme Court Judge Peggy Hora—via live web stream.

Part of the Sentencing Seminar Series, Judge Hora will discuss how her work in the area of ‘problem solving courts’ has contributed to a new genre of justice—therapeutic jurisprudence. Therapeutic jurisprudence focuses on providing practical interventions and solutions for people with complex social problems.

This free seminar is supported by the Queensland Law Society and hosted by ABC Radio presenter Steve Austin.

What: Evidence-based sentencing

When: Monday 3 April 2017, 6 pm 

Where: Online via live web streaming

Cost: Free

A recording of each seminar will also be published on the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council website after the event. 

Lawyers who participate in this presentation, or any of the other events in the Sentencing Seminar Series, for immediate or long-term educational purposes maybe able to claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units for their attendance.

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Recent Publications
An exception to the rule: Belief in redeemability, desistance signals and the employer’s decision to hire a job applicant with a criminal record

By Suzanne Reich

This article examines whether employment outcomes for exoffenders are associated with employers’ subjective belief in redeemability, mediated through exoffenders’ objective desistance signals. An online factorial vignette survey was completed by 367 employers, which examined their hiring decisions in the context of exoffender job applicants. OLS regression and serial multiple mediation analyses revealed that both belief in redeemability and desistance signals positively and significantly predicted employers’ hiring decisions. As well, exoffenders’ objective desistance signals mediated the association between belief in redeemability and employment outcomes. These findings highlight the importance for ex-offenders to effectively communicate their desistance from crime to employers in their endeavours to obtain employment.

The report can be found online here.

Returning to work after armed robbery in the workplace
By Georgina Fuller and Simon Ng,
Australian Institute of Criminology

Armed robbery exposes workers to serious harm in an environment where day-to-day safety is not normally a concern, and can have a wide range of negative consequences for employees. Victims may find it difficult to return to or cope at work.

This research examined a sample of 93 victims of armed robbery in the workplace from the AIC’s Database of Victimisation Experiences to determine what helped or hindered their return to work. The results are discussed in the context of enhancing how small businesses respond to and support victims of armed robbery in the workplace.

The report can be found online here.
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Job Advertisements
Training & Education Officer - Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre is the state-wide 24/7 service for women and children experiencing violence providing immediate support, information, advocacy, referral and emergency accommodation. Safe Steps is the central point of contact for the specialist family violence service system across Victoria. This is an outstanding opportunity to make a real difference at the centre of the biggest changes in the family violence sector in Australia's history.

This position: 
- Develops internal and external training frameworks, including training manuals, programs and a calendar that equips safe steps staff and the community with up to date knowledge of family violence

- Develops safe steps capacity to build and deliver a community education program and calendar

- Coordinates all internal and external training requests and scheduling facilitators, guest speakers and practice experts

- Produces high quality training materials including formal training manuals and associated supporting documents  

This role requires proven experience as a responsive trainer with experience in writing training packages and meeting the needs of stakeholders along with relevant formal qualifications. An understanding of adult training methodology and the ability to manage multiple complex demands and meet timelines is also required.

For more information and to apply, please follow the link.

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Student Opportunities
CJRC Postgraduate Scholarships in Southern Criminology
Applications now open for Postgraduate Scholarships in Southern Criminology. The main purpose of the scholarships are to support the travel and attendance of domestic and international postgraduate students to the Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South: International Conference, July 2017.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship of up to AU$1,000 to be used towards flights and accommodation to attend the postgraduate day and main conference in Cairns. Additionally, conference registrations fees will be waived for scholarship recipients.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be current PhD students, at least 12 months into their candidature.

For more information and to apply, click here.
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