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Fans of the Portland Thorns hold protest signs during a game in 2021. AP Photo/Steve Dipaola

Abuse in women’s professional soccer was an ‘open secret’ – the ‘bystander effect’ and structural barriers prevented more players from speaking out

A new report has highlighted ‘systemic’ verbal, emotional and sexual abuse of women’s soccer players. Many feared retaliation if they spoke out, while others didn’t think it was their place.
Bruce Lander, then-Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC), appears before a SA parliamentary committee in 2018. Kelly Barnes/AAP

As a NSW premier falls and SA guts its anti-corruption commission, what are the lessons for integrity bodies in Australia?

South Australia has shown other Australian jurisdictions what not to do with their anti-corruption bodies, especially the proposed federal integrity commission.
‘Rapist, killer cops’: protesters march in Paris’s 18th arrondisement. Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Police and French youth: A long and brutal history

Governments’ continual use of security forces to ‘keep order’ in low-income and minority neighborhoods masks their inability find solutions other than force.
The investigation that brought down the NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, is one of several that has put the powers of ICAC in the spotlight. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Are corruption watchdogs out of control? Their records say no

ICAC has claimed some high-profile scalps, prompting some claims that the watchdog is out of control. Yet our new research shows 99% of complaints don’t proceed to a formal investigation.

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