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Police Unions in Australia: a History of the Present

Mark Finnane1
01 Jul 2000-Current Issues in Criminal Justice (University of Sydney Law School)-Vol. 12, Iss: 1, pp 5-19
TL;DR: In this paper, police unions in Australia: a history of the present are discussed and a discussion of the role of unions in criminal justice in Australia is presented. But this paper is limited to three categories:
Abstract: (2000). Police Unions in Australia: a History of the Present. Current Issues in Criminal Justice: Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 5-19.
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TL;DR: In this paper , the authors focus on the debate over RDT in the ACT parliament, how human rights and safety concerns figure, and how legal actors and "outside audiences" are invoked.
Abstract: ABSTRACT Roadside drug testing (‘RDT’) was introduced in the Australian Capital Territory (‘ACT’) through a private member’s Bill that was fiercely debated in the ACT parliament. It was the first RDT scheme in Australia subject to human rights scrutiny, and thus parliamentarians had to weigh road safety arguments against human rights considerations in determining whether the proposed measures were proportionate. This paper focuses on the debate over RDT in the ACT parliament, how human rights and safety concerns figure, and how legal actors and ‘outside audiences’ are invoked. The debate was marked by frequent appeals to family members present in the public gallery and legal actors such as the Chief Police Officer, the Human Rights Commissioner, and socio-legal experts outside the chamber. Drawing from cultural legal studies scholarship on legal insiders and outside audiences in legal proceedings, this paper analyses how these stakeholders figure in human rights debates on RDT, and with what effects. The paper argues that the invocation of outside audiences reflects what Crawley and Tranter term ‘a need to bring the human back’ but cautions that this humanising process only brings some humans in, and therefore connects human rights to only certain human lives in certain ways.

3 citations

Dissertation
27 May 2011
TL;DR: The information in this article contains some information that somehow goes against the government, military and political parties, and it may endanger my service career as a public administrator, which may jeopardize my career as an administrator.
Abstract: This paper contains some information that somehow goes against the government, military and political parties. It may endanger my service career as a public administrator.

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TL;DR: In this article , the authors examine Twitter use by multi-jurisdictional police unions and associations in Canada and demonstrate that the central aim of these union and associations communications is to provide horizontal legitimacy spillover, legitimizing not only police officers across Canada but the police institution itself.
Abstract: Although literature on police use of social media is expanding, almost all previous research has focused on police services. Existing literature has not examined the social media communications of multi-jurisdictional police unions and other associations. Unions represent police members during collective bargaining. Multi-jurisdictional police associations represent a specific issue or demographic within policing. We examine Twitter use by multi-jurisdictional police unions and associations in Canada. Although we demonstrate that there is variation by type of organization, we nevertheless contend the central aim of these union and associations communications is to provide horizontal legitimacy spillover, legitimizing not only police officers across Canada but the police institution itself. In conclusion, we reflect on what these findings mean for literatures on police social media communications and police unions and associations.
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13 Feb 1997
TL;DR: The authors examines the dynamics of change and resistance within a police organisation and captures the complexity and unpredictability of the change process, and proposes a new framework for understanding the inter-relationships between the structural conditions of police work, police cultural knowledge, and police practice.
Abstract: Police culture is often considered as both a cause of police deviance and an obstacle for police reform. In this case study of police racism and police reform in Australia, the author provides a critical assessment of police initiative in response to the problem of police/minorities relations. The book examines the dynamics of change and resistance within a police organisation and captures the complexity and unpredictability of the change process. It questions the utility of the traditional conception of police culture and proposes a new framework for understanding the inter-relationships between the structural conditions of police work, police cultural knowledge, and police practice. A highly original and valuable contribution to policing studies, this book is both empirically rich and theoretically informed.

420 citations

03 Jul 1989

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"Police Unions in Australia: a Histo..." refers result in this paper

  • ...It was a judgment consistent with the position taken by the Fitzgerald Report in Queensland which had in 1989 sought to define a line around legitimate union action in the industrial arena (Fitzgerald 1989:280, 287)....

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Book
01 Jan 1998

125 citations


"Police Unions in Australia: a Histo..." refers background in this paper

  • ...…interest to Australian scholars of criminal justice, labour history or industrial relations (Baker 1999; Bolen 1997; Brien 1996; Brown & Haldane 1998; Fleming 1991, 1995, 1997; Haldane 1986; Hogg & Brown 1998; James 1989, 1991; Johnston 1992; Lewis 1999; Swanton 1983; White & Richards 1992)....

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Book
01 Sep 1995

77 citations


"Police Unions in Australia: a Histo..." refers background in this paper

  • ...This followed not long after the Victorian Police Association had conducted an extraordinary protest campaign involving work to rule and other protests against the prosecution of officers resulting from the Beach Inquiry (Haldane 1986; Victorian Police Journal, 1976)....

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  • ...Yet, police unions and their history have been a subject of only limited interest to Australian scholars of criminal justice, labour history or industrial relations (Baker 1999; Bolen 1997; Brien 1996; Brown & Haldane 1998; Fleming 1991, 1995, 1997; Haldane 1986; Hogg & Brown 1998; James 1989, 1991; Johnston 1992; Lewis 1999; Swanton 1983; White & Richards 1992)....

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  • ...…interest to Australian scholars of criminal justice, labour history or industrial relations (Baker 1999; Bolen 1997; Brien 1996; Brown & Haldane 1998; Fleming 1991, 1995, 1997; Haldane 1986; Hogg & Brown 1998; James 1989, 1991; Johnston 1992; Lewis 1999; Swanton 1983; White & Richards 1992)....

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TL;DR: The history and structure of the police federation is described in this article, where the authors present a typology of police unionism and discuss its internal and external structures and goals. But they do not consider the role of women in the federation.
Abstract: Preface Acknowledgements Part I. Introduction and Historical Background: 1. Introduction to the study of police unionism 2. The history and structure of the Police Federation Part II. Police Attitudes to Unionism: 3. Policemen's evaluation of the Federation 4. Evaluation of specific Federation activities 5. Policemen's desire for unionism 6. The goals an institutionalisation of representation 7. the Federationists and the men 8. Attitudes to unionism outside the force Part III. The Police as an Occupation: 9. The background and initial orientation of policemen 10. Orientation to work 11. Police and outside society 12. Understanding police unionism a typology Part IV. Conclusions: 13. Conclusions and implications of the study Postscript and appendices Bibliography Index.

74 citations


"Police Unions in Australia: a Histo..." refers background in this paper

  • ...As in England by the 1970s when Reiner noted that they were well established as spokespeople for the police viewpoint (Reiner 1978:268), the police unions in Australia developed in the post-war period as a profitable source of information and opinion to the media....

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  • ...Indeed in 1969, Berkley argued that the European policing tradition was characterised by greater democratic sympathies, which he linked to the degree of police unionisation- though not without inspiring criticism that his examples were selective (Berkley 1969; Reiner 1978:7)....

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  • ...Reviewing the range of literature on British police unionisation (not a union of course, but a state mandated 'Federation'), Robert Reiner in 1978 identified a spectrum of views - conservative, liberal and radical, on the merits and achievements of unions (Reiner 1978)....

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  • ...It was a development he regarded as a greater concern than 'economically motivated unionism' (Reiner 1978:268)....

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  • ...In the longer term, associations and unions converged- but the difference was for some decades more than symbolic (Juris & Feuille 1973:USA; McGill1992:NZ; Reiner 1978: England)....

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