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Outgoing Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy and wife Renae as Guy acknowledges defeat in the recent Victorian state election in which he had tried to appeal to voters’ fears over street crime, race and terrorism. David Crosling/AAP

Law and order is no get-out-of-jail card for floundering politicians

At one time, law and order was seen by some as a sure-fire voter winner in elections - but that's changing after a concerted effort by Victoria's opposition appeared to backfire badly.
Three recent faces of confirmed and alleged terror attacks each treated very differently: the two separate Bourke Street attackers – James Gargasoulas and Hassan Khalif Shire Ali – and Ertunc Eriklioglu, one of the three people arrested on November 20 for allegedly planning a terror attack. AAP/The Conversation

In crime reporting, we should ask better questions about the relevance of religion and ethnicity

As recent events show, we might get better media reporting if journalists questioned authorities more closely on the relevance of ethnicity and religion in crime reporting.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted in the death of an eight-year-old girl, is escorted into court in Kitchener, Ont., in September 2012. News that McClintic was transferred to an Indigenous ‘healing lodge’ has stoked outrage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

The folly of writing legislation in response to sensational crimes

The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.
Chicago is often invoked in political debates on crime. Scott Cornell/shutterstock.com

Why the US needs better crime reporting statistics

What's really the most dangerous American city? The way crimes are currently counted in the US can easily confuse and mislead.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, arrives in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018. AP/Alex Brandon

Does a man’s social class have anything to do with the likelihood he’ll commit sexual assault?

Brett Kavanaugh presented himself as a good and reputable man in his recent Senate hearing. But a man's social status and education tell us nothing about whether he's likely to commit sexual assault.
The #MeToo movement and more recent allegations against Brett Kavanaugh have posed questions about past conduct. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File

How should we judge people for their past moral failings?

Whether the sins of our past stay with us forever has become a pertinent question of our time. A philosopher argues we don't need to carry our past burdens – although there are some moral conditions.

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