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Friday 1st December 2000

Crime statistics

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today released a new state by state comparison of crime in Australia.

The Minister said the publication, Crime in Australia: A State by State comparison, provided the basis for an informed debate about crime, crime trends and prevention initiatives.

"It is important that we have access to information about crime in Australia," Senator Vanstone said.

"But too often important information about crime rates is hidden in academic papers and statistics.

"This is the first time that Australia-wide crime rates have been brought together in a user friendly format.

"The publication shows crime rates in each State and Territory, changes in crime rates over the late 1990s, clear-up rates as well as prosecution rates.

"I hope that the information in the booklet encourages people to pose questions about crime rates.

"For example, why are armed and unarmed robbery highest in NSW? Why is homicide and assault the highest in the Northern Territory, sexual assault the highest in Queensland, and burglary and motor vehicle theft the highest in the ACT?

"The booklet also shows some unpleasant facts about criminal justice in Australia. The rates of indigenous imprisonment are far too high overall, and indigenous people are over-represented in all Australian jails.

Crime in Australia: A State by State Comparison examines homicide, armed robbery, unarmed robbery, assault, sexual assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. The booklet also examines law enforcement resources.

"One of the important things that emerges from Crime in Australia is that for serious crimes, young people are much more likely to be the victim of crime than a perpetrator," Senator Vanstone said.

"Many will be surprised to learn, that females are at the greatest risk of homicide when they are under one year old. For other personal crimes such as assault, sexual assault, unarmed robbery and armed robbery, the younger age groups have the highest victimisation rates.

"I hope that the booklet encourages informed and sensible discussion about crime."

Booklet available at [go to publications]

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