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What Australians think about crime and justice: results from the 2007 Survey of Social Attitudes

Research and public policy series no. 101

Lynne Roberts and David Indermaur
ISBN 978 1 921532 30 6 ISSN 1326-6004
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2009


The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) is a biennial mail-out survey that provides data on key questions relating to Australia’s social attitudes and behaviours over time. This report explores the differences between the public view and the reality of how much recorded crime there is and of what happens to offenders after they are charged. The results are valuable as a measure of public attitudes and perceptions of crime and the criminal justice system.