Law reform targeting crime and disorder

Lorana Bartels*, Rick Sarre

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter presents a brief overview of some key law reform developments and other legislative initiatives recently passed into law in Australia. We discuss significant changes to the law on bail, evidentiary rules, sentencing, and legislation targeting one-punch deaths and cybercrime. We also examine laws designed to limit the activities of outlaw motorcycle (“bikie”) gangs and suspected terrorists. Our discussion highlights the importance of criminologists critically examining new measures with a view to providing an evaluation of the likely results. In particular, as criminologists, our role should include providing legislators and policy makers with ongoing advice, feedback, and, where appropriate, criticism of their efforts to shape the criminal law and field of criminal justice more generally.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319557472
ISBN (Print)9783319557465
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


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