Crime Conference

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics (BOCSAR) is running a conference in Sydney on 18-19 February 2009, and are calling for abstracts. Conference details here (submissions close 11 July). I’m giving a plenary talk, which I’m very excited about. The man who runs BOCSAR, Don Weatherburn, was a strong influence on me to become an empirical researcher. Listening to him on radio in the 1990s, I was struck by the power of clear data to cut through the overblown rhetoric of the crime debate. Don’s measured tones were a welcome antidote to Laura Norder and the NSW Bear Pit.

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