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Conference fits the crime

by Vincent Ciccarello

Prof Rick Sarre: Criminology research informin policyTransferring criminology research to government policy will be the focus of the 20th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society (ANZSOC).

Dealing with crime involves more than just detecting, policing and punishing criminals. Law makers are constantly interacting with researchers and other academics who play a vital role in keeping societies civil and safe.

The 20th Annual ANZSOC Conference, Criminology: Building Bridges, brings together these various strands to examine topics ranging from peace-building and security, to juvenile justice.

Hosted by UniSA, Flinders University and SA’s Department of Justice the conference will be held at the Hawke Building and the Adelaide Convention Centre from September 23 to 26.

UniSA Professor of Law and Criminal Justice and conference co-convenor, Rick Sarre says ANZSOC highlights the nexus between criminology research and government policy.

"We have really focused this entire program on making sure we get some ideas from research that will inform policy initiatives," Prof Sarre said.

The welcome reception, jointly hosted by UniSA’s School of Commerce and the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, will acknowledge the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum recognising Indigenous peoples in the census, and the 10th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report. Reception guest speaker is former Supreme Court judge and author of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1991), Elliott Johnston QC.

SA Attorney-General Michael Atkinson will open the conference.

Key topics for the three-day event include peace building in Indonesia, PNG, Timor and the Solomons; and rehabilitation and rehabilitation psychology for young offenders.

Other speakers at the conference include AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty, Chief Justice John Doyle (who will address the conference dinner) and Dr Cindy Smith, Chief of the International Center, National Institute of Justice (USA).

UniSA’s Centre for Regulation & Market Analysis is sponsoring the visit of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Chair Louise Sylvan, who will speak on mass-market global fraud and consumer protection.

The Tuesday afternoon session, sponsored by Social Inclusion Initiative, SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet, is dedicated to looking at ways of dealing with persistent young offenders. It will feature Professor Shadd Maruna from Queens University, Belfast, a leading world expert in theories related to turning around young offenders’ lives.

Full conference details.