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Most important crime conference in Australia opens

Media Release

22 March 1999

The 3rd National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia was officially opened today in Canberra by the Minister for Justice, Senator the Hon. Amanda Vanstone.

The Minister praised the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) for establishing such a valuable forum to discuss issues that concerned us all.

"This is the only event of its kind in Australia and provides a unique opportunity for us to debate key issues and consider how we can prevent and control crime more effectively in the future", the Minister said.

"This National Outlook Symposium brings together all the key players in Australia's criminal justice system", AIC Director, Dr Adam Graycar said.

"I welcome you and remind you that as the people with the power to influence and make the decisions which affect all Australians, our responsibility over the next two days is an important one."

"We must set in motion moves that will ensure our criminal justice framework is well-positioned to adapt to and anticipate the changes the new century will bring", Dr Graycar said.

"New economic and social structures, advances in technology and increased globalisation all play an integral role in shaping the crime landscape", Professor Richard Fox, AIC Board of Management Chair said.

"We must be prepared for the changes these developments will mean for crime in Australia. Our theme is Mapping the Boundaries, and we have a packed agenda covering a diverse range of important issues", Professor Fox said.

The first issue on the agenda was Boundaries within the Criminal Justice System. Director-General, NSW Attorney-General's Department, Laurie Glanfield spoke on the challenges faced by the system as a whole. SA Police Commissioner Mal Hyde addressed the issue of boundaries in policing.

Grahame Delaney, Acting First Deputy Director, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions discussed the distinction between investigation and prosecution. Director-General, Queensland Corrective Services Commission Barry Apsey addressed the issue from a corrections point of view.

A number of concurrent sessions were held covering: Drugs and Crime; Innovations in Corrections; Law Enforcement and Indigenous Australians; Changing Patterns of Violence; Crime Mapping in Rural Australia; Juvenile Justice; Policing Domestic Violence and Deaths in Custody.

The first day of the conference closed with discussion on Boundaries between the Criminal Justice System and other Agencies. Director, Office of the Status of Women, Pru Goward discussed the importance of integrating women's support mechanisms.

Forensic Psychiatrist, Dr William Lucas spoke about the connection between mental health issues and criminal justice. Professor Ross Homel, Griffith University addressed issues of early intervention and crime prevention.

Tomorrow's key speakers:

  • Commonwealth-State Boundaries:
    • Chair, National Crime Authority, John Broome,
    • WA Police & Emergency Services Minister, Hon. Kevin Prince MLA
    • Public-Private Sector Boundaries:
      • Director, AUSTRAC, Elizabeth Montano
      • Secretary, Victorian Department of Justice, Peter Harmsworth
      • Directions for Research and Policy:
        • Director of Research, AIC, Dr Peter Grabosky
        • Professor John Braithwaite, ANU
        • Deputy Director, US National Institute of Justice, Sally Hillsman.

        Tomorrow's papers:

        • Homicide Patterns in Australia
        • Inter-jurisdictional Differences in Crime Rates
        • Crime and the Future
        • Policing: The Zero Tolerance Debate
        • Markets for Stolen Goods
        • Remand in Australia
        • Preventing Violence and Crime
        • Ethnicity and Crime in Australia
        • Fraud in Australia
        • Restorative Justice
        • Sentencing Patterns and Trends
        • Firearms: Policies and Practices