Are authorities too focused on the usual suspects and missing the new and emerging markets in organised crime?
Today's organised crime occurs through loose and undefined networks made up of criminal entrepreneurs and freelancers with little concern for group branding or loyalty.
Bottles of anabolic steroids seized in a 2014 raid in New South Wales.
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Two new reports reveal that Australia is catching fewer steroid shipments at our borders – yet the number of national steroid seizures and arrests have risen to record highs.
An independent UK inquiry estimated that perhaps one in five of the cancers detected via breast cancer screening are overdiagnosed.
Researchers have been talking about the dangers of overdiagnosis for some time. But now a national survey shows most people aren't told about the risk it poses to their health – and they want to know.
Acute non-specific low back pain is a very common problem that usually gets better without any treatment.
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Not so long ago, getting an x-ray for acute back pain was the norm. And they are still used far more frequently than is necessary.
Senior Queensland Police at the 2014 launch of the Stay on Track Outback road safety project, sponsored by Santos, Izuzu and others.
Queensland Police Service
The Queensland Police will now disclose all sponsorships, after a backlash over almost A$700,000 in unnamed donations. But what are the lessons from elsewhere about police and corporate donors?
The emotional appeals of the opposing views on vaccination are both driven by concern for children.
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The plan to withhold payments of child-care and family tax benefits for unvaccinated children could cost non-compliant parents up to A$15,000 a year. But is it ethical to punish parents?
The Dallas Buyers Club ruling is a further attack on online privacy.
The Dallas Buyers Club court ruling has serious implications for online privacy.
Methylamphetamine, in particular crystal meth or ‘ice’, has been the subject of much scrutiny in Australia in recent times.
How does the ACC report help inform the debate around methylamphetamine, and what practical lessons can Australian society and law enforcement draw from it?
Revenge porn is a serious breach of privacy, but social media sites and the law are starting to crack down.
Social media companies and the law are both beginning to seriously combat revenge porn.
The statement by the NHMRC is based on a summary of research on homeopathy’s effectiveness for treating health conditions.
Two years in the making, a statement released by the National Health and Medicine Research Council has found no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.
2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has helped highlight the prevalence of domestic violence in the community.
Domestic violence has been an agenda item for some time. It is not something that society, nor governments, have recently discovered.
The internet and cloud computing transcend borders. Now it’s time for international law to catch up.
Data courtesy Marc Imhoff of NASA GSFC and Christopher Elvidge of NOAA NGDC. Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC.
Cloud computing, by its very nature, transcends location, geography and territorial boundaries. Data accessed in one country might be stored half way across the world, or even in servers in multiple countries…
Well-informed men see prostate cancer testing as an individual decision rather than a public health priority.
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Screening for prostate cancer using the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for men with no symptoms is controversial: experts are divided, and Australians are not routinely well-informed. Prostate cancer…
Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has seen off Queensland Premier Campbell Newman – can she win government too?
Queensland appears headed for a hung parliament or even a shock Labor win, with Premier Campbell Newman conceding defeat…
A spate of shootings and public brawls prompted a Queensland government crackdown on bikie gangs – but there is much more to the state’s falling crime rates than just getting bikies off the streets.
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Queensland’s Liberal National government has made law and order – particularly its anti-bikie laws – a key part of its re-election pitch. The government recently claimed that “Criminal Gang laws (are…
Most people overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harms of medical intervention.
“It might do me some good and it won’t hurt to give it a go.” How often have you heard a phrase like this? Most people have naïve optimism about medical care. That’s the finding of a systematic review…
Every year around 20% of Australian men aged between 45 and 74 have a PSA test.
Healthy men aged 50 to 69 years who request a prostate cancer check will be offered a blood test every two years if draft…
The EU is attempting to influence search results beyond its borders.
Just how much information Google should remove from its search results when requested is being tested by the European Union which wants to extend its influence beyond its borders. The European Court of…
How prevalent is the use of lethal force by police in Australia, and is a disturbing trend developing in Queensland?
Over the weekend, Queensland police shot and killed a 51-year-old man who was allegedly armed with a knife. On Monday night, another man was shot and killed on the Gold Coast. It was the sixth Queensland…
Cloud computing will be mandatory for most government departments and agencies, but there are privacy concerns.
The Australian government’s all about the cloud, with the Attorney-General and Ministers for Finance and Communications announcing their “cloud first” policy earlier this month: agencies now must adopt…