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Hosier Lane, the iconic Melbourne laneway. David Kelly

Graf all you want, but don’t you dare be poor!

Businesses have traded on graffiti and the air of edginess that draws visitors to Melbourne's laneways. But they draw the line at sharing space with the homeless, whose right to the city is denied.
A number of egregious incest cases have been reported in Australia in recent years. shutterstock

Incest: why is ‘worst of the worst’ abuse so often ignored?

The once-taboo topics of domestic violence and institutional abuse are now front-page news, but repeated reports of incest have not registered in public awareness as evidence of a serious problem.
Forensic scientists should be encouraged to shed more light on a pattern of behaviour when investigating incidence. Flickr/WorldSkills UK

Let forensic science help prevent a crime or a disaster

Forensic scientists should be encouraged to help detect patterns of behaviour in the incidents they investigate. This could lead to changes in the way some things are done and potentially save lives.
Predicting whether a child will commit a crime before their 18th birthday is fraught with problems. Shutterstock/Tomsickova Tatyana

Can we predict who will turn to crime?

Machine learning is being used to see if it's possible to predict whether someone will commit a crime some time in the future. But does this risk condemning people for a crime they haven’t committed?
A man walks through a field of crosses erected near Pretoria, South Africa, to honour mostly white farmers who have died in. farm attacks. Reuters/Juda Ngwenya

Facts show South Africa has not become more violent since democracy

The widely-held assumption that murder rates have been increasing in South Africa in the past two decades is incorrect – and it may divert attention from a new problem that needs attention.
Planting trees can make cities more desirable and safer places to live in. Joe Castro/AAP.

Greening cities makes for safer neighbourhoods

Not only do healthy, well-maintained trees provide shade and benefit the ecosystem, they can have a meaningful social impact: people in newly greened neighbourhoods start to look out for each other.

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