Phenibut, online drug markets and the limits of law enforcement, 7 March 2018

While conventional illicit drug markets have relied on physical exchanges of drugs, the internet has created new opportunities for illicit drug markets to flourish through both the “dark” net and the “surface” net.

“Dark net marketplaces” or cryptomarkets operate in the hidden portion of the internet. Cryptomarkets are online forums that enable the trade of goods between individuals who use digital encryption to conceal their identities. Although cryptomarkets offer many types of illegal goods and services (and some legal services), the most commonly purchased items are illicit drugs.

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Social Media Concerns- Channel 10 Feature, 15 Feb 2018

Criminology experts are warning social media is luring more teenagers onto the wrong side of the law

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#MeTooPhD reveals shocking examples of academic sexism, 5 Feb 2018

Thousands of women have used #MeToo to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault. The power of it is not only in the high-profile cases, in bringing down the Harvey Weinsteins and Kevin Spaceys of the world. Its power also lies in uncovering sexism of a more subtle, everyday nature, which provides the foundation on which high-profile cases are built.

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Australia struggling to rein in growing drug menace, 22 April 2017

Australia is grappling with increasing efforts to smuggle in huge quantities of the drug methamphetamine from across the region, prompting the police to create global task forces that have resulted in record-breaking seizures. Fueled by strong demand and high local prices, Australia has become a popular destination for syndicates from across the region, including China, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

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Explainer: why some acts are classified as terrorism but others aren't, 13 April 2017

In Australia, the Bourke Street Mall attack also showed the devastation that can be caused when a vehicle is used as a weapon. Yet the events overseas have been clearly labelled as terrorism, whereas the Melbourne incident is considered a massacre, rampage, and tragedy. The accused has been charged with six counts of murder, but not any terror-related offences.

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NSW launches web training to protect children , 12 April 2017

The OCG said the program is endorsed by leading criminologist and researcher Professor Stephen Smallbone of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in Queensland. He specialises in situational prevention in reducing sexual abuse of children. Professor Smallbone, well- known for his expert input at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said: “The Royal Commission has reminded us that children can be abused not just in their own homes or social circles, but also in the organisations they spend time in".

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China's Death Penalty Is Still Veiled in Secrecy, Amnesty Says, 10 April 2017

At the height a decade or so ago, China probably executed 10,000 or more prisoners a year, the Amnesty report said, citing a Chinese scholar quoted in a news report last year. But the number executed annually is now probably in the “low thousands,” said Susan Trevaskes, a professor at Griffith University in Australia who studies China’s use of the death penalty. “All major death penalty scholars in China say that death penalty decision-making has improved greatly since 2007,” Professor Trevaskes said by email. “I believe that the government has significantly reduced use of the death penalty since the mid-2000s.”

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