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JA Articles and papers on DNA testing

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1) Consent by Coercion (04-April-2001) [24KB]
- Details how Part 7 of the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act has been implemented in NSW prisons. It was originally distributed on April 11, 2001 at the Sydney Institute of Criminology seminar 'The Use of DNA in the Criminal Justice System'. Made up largely of information supplied by NSW prisoners. Contains some appendices which are not available in electronic format.

2) Legally Scientific? (09-Jun-2001) [72KB]
- Traces the history of DNA use in the criminal justice system, focussing on problems with effective laboratory standards and the difficulty courts have had in interpreting DNA evidence. An earlier draft of Legally Scientific? was distributed at the April 11 Sydney Institute of Criminology seminar.

3) Submission to last year's Senate Legal and Constitutional Commission Inquiry into the Commonwealth Crimes Amendment (Forensic Procedures) Bill 2000. (October 2000 [20KB])

- Justice Action was the only NGO called to give evidence at the Inquiry.
Transcript at <http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/s4353.pdf>

4) DNA and Criminal Justice (February 2000) [36KB]
- Originally prepared by Justice Action as a paper for a NSW Parliamentary Crossbencher Briefing. Now included in the Book of Readings for Griffith University law students.

5) Legislation Alert
- Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Bill 2000 (05-Jun-2000) [16KB]
- Bulletin distributed to NSW parliamentarians insisting that the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Bill 2000 be referred to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice.

6) Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Bill 2000
- Amendment proposals (08-Jul-2000) [32KB]
- Amendments proposed by Justice Action during the passage of the legislation through NSW parliament.

7) DNA Testing and Indigenous Australians (14-Jun-2001 [12KB]) - Written for Indigenous Social Justice Association newsletter Djadi-Dugarang. Explains why forensic DNA testing will fall more heavily upon Aboriginal Australians.

8) When Government Grabs your Genes (July 2000) [12KB]
- Article written for Green Left Weekly pointing out the way in which the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act allows the government to keep and commercialise forensic samples.

9) The Brave New World of Big Brother Bob (May 2000) [12KB]
- Article for Chippo news highlighting the draconian provisions of the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act and pointing out that the Sydney Red Cross Blood bank has long provided samples which are DNA profiled and databased without the knowledge or consent of donors.

10) DNA Testing and NSW Prisoners (January 2001) [16KB]
- Info leaflet for NSW prisoners.

11) NSW prisoners and the DNA laws (November 2000) [16KB]
- DNA article from Framed Summer 2000 edition. Heavily editted and censored after threats from NSW Corrective Services to prevent the distribution of Framed containing the original version of the article.

12) DNA testing - Prisoners fight back (May 2001 [12KB])
- Small article in current Framed.

13) Submission to NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act (04-Jun-2001) [108KB]
- Overview of the development and introduction of forensic DNA laws in NSW and in depth critique of the shortcomings of the legislation.

14) Big Brother - When life imitates art (25-July-2001) [20KB]
- Written for UNSW student magazine Thurunka. Draws parallels between constant surveillance and summary justice as it appears in reality TV and in Bob Carr's NSW - comparing both with the nightmare society prophesised by George Orwell.

15) Supplementary Submission to NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act (26-Aug-2001) [80KB]
- Answers specific questions about DNA testing and the Act asked of Justice Action by the Standing Committee on Law and Justice.



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