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news January 17, 2020
Part four: Stripped and fearful
Perhaps the best example of preventative policing comes in the form of strip-searches. In the face of widespread criticism, NSW Police offers a candid defence: You are meant to fear us.
news January 03, 2020
Part two: Existential risk
Sometime in the past few decades, risk overtook wealth as the organising principle of society. But the powers police ask for, and which politicians grant them, are not always based on real threats.
news January 10, 2020
Part three: Mission creep
As police and politicians try to prevent crimes that haven’t happened, legislation is increasingly being misused and targeting people for whom it was not intended.
News December 27, 2019
Part one: On the bridge
In a world defined by fear and risk, politicians and police are trying to pre-empt danger and legislate against it. But when the risk is terrorism, there are limits to what is possible.