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Crime in the 21st century

Media Release

17 March 1999

"Some of the most concerning problems that we will take into the next century are on the agenda at our National Outlook Symposium," Australian Institute of Criminology Director, Dr Adam Graycar said.

"The people that influence and make the decisions that affect us all will debate key issues and consider how we can prevent and control crime more effectively in the future."

  • ARE WE BECOMING MORE VIOLENT?

    The socio-economic pattern of violence is marked and worrying, but overall violence in our community has not increased significantly. There are signs of upward trends in assault, sexual assault and robbery, similar to patterns seen in some other countries, though homicide patterns have remained stable. It is a misconception that all forms of violence are increasing.

  • CHANGING OUR GUN CULTURE

    After the 1996 Port Arthur tragedy, national agreement was reached on firearm control. As a result there has been a large degree of consistency which may contribute to a long-term change in Australia's culture of firearm possession and use.

  • THE EXPLODING DRUG PROBLEM

    The illicit use of drugs in Australia and the western world has exploded. This has had a direct impact on the nature of crime and the role of law enforcement. Drug misuse can be better controlled through new initiatives with a holistic community approach.

  • HAS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICING WORKED FOR THE NYPD AND WILL IT WORK HERE?

    This issue has generated a lot of interest in Australia. Some politicians are enthusiastic supporters of such a policy. But is this style of policing appropriate in a society like ours? Where could it work in Australia? Under what circumstances? Some argue that it is discriminatory, leads to increased police-citizen conflict and is unsuitable in the long-term.

  • CRIME IN CYBERSPACE

    The convergence of communications and computing has created new opportunities for crime, and these will affect all Australians. How can we as a nation profit from the enormous benefits of electronic commerce and reduce the risk of electronic victimisation?

The National Symposium on Crime in Australia is being held at The Rydges Hotel, Canberra, 22-23 March.