GCI Insights

Category: spotlights

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Dangerous Sex Offender Legislation

By Danielle Harris and The Hon Justice Peter Applegarth AM* How effective is the system of preventative… Read More

Police killings in Australia

By Professor Mark Finnane _______________________ More than 50 years ago a young legal academic from the University of Western Australia, Richard… Read More

Before 9/11, Australia had no counter-terrorism laws, now we have 92 — but are we safer?

By Rebecca Ananian-Welsh* and Keiran Hardy This spotlight first appeared on The Conversation Australia is… Read More

Friendlyjordies producer arrest: what is the NSW Police Fixated Persons Investigations Unit and when is it used?

By Keiran Hardy This spotlight was first published on The Conversation A producer for YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies was recently arrested for… Read More

Coronavirus spike: why getting people to follow restrictions is harder the second time around

By Kristina Murphy, Harley Williamson, Jennifer Boddy and Patrick O’Leary This article was first published on With residents in… Read More

Feeling hopeless? There are things you can do to create and maintain hope in a post-coronavirus world

By Patrick O’Leary, Amy Young, Jennifer Boddy and Jianqiang… Read More

Will Eased COVID-19 Restrictions Mean More Complacency and Less Compliance?

By Kristina Murphy, Patrick O’Leary, Harley Williamson and Jennifer Boddy As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease across Australia, some restraints on… Read More

Australia doesn’t need more anti-terror laws that aren’t necessary – or even used

By Keiran Hardy This spotlight was first published on Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has introduced a new bill that will amend the… Read More

Can we really rely on people to isolate when they’re told to? Experts explain

By Patrick O’Leary, Amy Young, Donna McAuliffe and Jennifer Boddy This spotlight was first published on A country-wide shutdown… Read More

‘Cabin fever’: Australia must prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown

By Jennifer Boddy, Amy Young and Patrick O’Leary This spotlight was first published on As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, we’re… Read More

Trauma of young people in youth detention centres

By Tony Jamieson* Young people in youth detention centres In Queensland there are over 250 beds between the existing two youth detention centres in Brisbane… Read More

More data transparency is needed about the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care

By Clare Tilbury* and Natalie Lewis** In recent years, Australian state and territory governments… Read More

When does someone radicalise and deradicalise?

By Keiran Hardy Researchers in terrorism studies frequently ask questions about radicalisation – what… Read More

Media reports of terrorism can create public fear

By Harley Williamson, Suzanna Fay* and Toby Miles-Johnson** This article was first published on… Read More

Australia’s quest for national security is undermining the courts and could lead to secretive trials

By Keiran Hardy This article was first published on In August, the intelligence officer known as Witness K indicated… Read More

Press freedom in Australia needs much more than piecemeal protection

By Keiran Hardy This article first appeared on The Interpreter, published by the Lowy Institute. This week in the Australian parliament, the Joint… Read More

Electronic monitoring bracelets are only crime deterrence tools, they can’t ‘fix’ offenders

By Lacey Schaefer This article was first published on The man arrested after a deadly… Read More

Charging the Christchurch mosque attacker with terrorism could be risky – but it’s important

By Keiran Hardy This article was first published on On Tuesday, the gunman in the Christchurch mosque shootings was … Read More

National Redress Scheme protects institutions at the expense of justice for survivors

Kathy Daly and Juliet Davis This article was first published on Australians can be proud of what the… Read More