Some parts of the media — and certain politicians — are happy to give the impression Australia is quickly spinning out of control.
With all the hyperbole about crime running rampant, don't be surprised if "Laura Norder" plays a heavy part in Victoria's state election come November.
Criminal defence lawyer and writer Russell Marks explains how the judicial system is failing our most vulnerable.
Voters in key inner-city Victorian seats up for grabs in next month's state election couldn't care less about law and order despite the crimewave apparently engulfing their backyards, research commissioned exclusively for Crikey has revealed.
By assessing people arrested over ATM scams between January 2007 and April 2008, the National Police Agency built up a useful criminal profile.
The South Australian government's new serious crimes bill could have been lifted straight from the statute books of any number of authoritarian regimes dotted around the globe, writes Greg Barns.