A brief overview of the influence of law and order issues on politics is
provided (page 1) and the latest trends to have emerged regarding the rate of
crime are highlighted (page 2). The paper then proceeds to review, in
alphabetical order and by year, relevant legislation passed between 1999 and
2002 in New South Wales (pages 4-19), Queensland (pages 20-25), South Australia
(pages 25-30), Tasmania (pages 30-35), Victoria (pages 35-41), Western
Australia (pages 41-45), Australian Capital Territory (pages 45-51) and
Northern Territory (pages 51-59). A comprehensive review of each statute is not
provided as is beyond the scope of this paper, but the major effects are noted.
Reference is made throughout to briefing papers that contain further
information on a particular statute where relevant.
Finally, the trends in law and order that have emerged since 1999 are
summarised (page 60) and note is made of the areas in which future development
of the criminal law is likely (page 63).