Law and Order in Australia

Law and Order in Australia

Rhetoric and reality

By Don Weatherburn


How much crime is committed in Australia? What sort of crime, where and by whom? What can we do to stop it?

This book deals in facts and dispels myths. Don Weatherburn, Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, shows how policies are driven by the political need to manage public reactions, not to control and prevent crime.

Law and Order in Australia informs public debate about crime in Australia by contrasting popular assumptions about crime and crime control with what is actually known to be true.

The opening chapter sets the scene by asking how serious Australia's crime problems are.  Weatherburn then offers a critique of the way Australian governments attempt to deal with Australia's crime problems.

This is followed by the foundations for a discussion of what actually works in crime prevention and control by highlighting some basic facts about crime and offenders. The final chapters discuss what the evidence reveals about crime prevention and control and the key issues in crime prevention and control in Australia.

Weatherburn clearly provides numerous ideas for better policies, ones that will actually work.


Published 25 November 2004
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862875326
Australian RRP $37.95
International Price $35.00