National Executive (2007)
Left to right: Prof Don Robertson (NSW), Master Peter Norman (SA, Chairman), Andrew Paterson (SA), Prof Michael Benes (VIC), Prof Jenny Fleming (TAS), Leigh Garrett (SA), Mike Coe (WA)
In February the National Executive met in Adelaide to discuss the future goals and directions of the ACPC. Issues discussed included branch development and recruitment of members, crime prevention training, the establishment of a comprehensive website, expansion of the Council into the Asia Pacific, and the forthcoming AIC Conference in Townsville. It was agreed that the Executive would meet on a regular basis.
Following its 2005 Fremantle and 2007 Adelaide meetings, the Council, in collaboration with its North Queensland Branch, was involved in the organization by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), and the Townsville City Council of a conference “Improving Community Safety: Lessons from the Country and the City” held at the James Cook University
The conference presented a host of crime prevention topics, including the marketing of crime prevention, situational crime prevention, personal safety issues, partnerships, community engagement, and topics relating to indigenous communities and crime.
In conjunction with this conference, the Council invited to Townsville a selected group of committed persons from Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Fiji Islands and Samoa, together with delegates from New Zealand and Australia. These persons attended the Conference, learned about practical issues in crime prevention, and then met together at a Forum and discussed matters of mutual interest and concern.
The visiting delegates were Judge Suntariya Muanpawong from the Office of the President of the Supreme Court of Thailand, Judge Somsack Taybounlack of the Court of Appeal of the People’s Supreme Court of Lao PDR, Mr Sekano Koeut the Secretary General of the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions in the Office of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia, Mr Kemal Dermawan from the Department of Criminology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Indonesia; and Vice Secretary of the Indonesian Crime Prevention Fund Foundation, The Honourable Justice Mogish from the National and Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea, the Crimes Administrator in Port Moresby, Mr Ronald Talasasa, the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Solomon Islands, Mr Graham Leung, a lawyer based in Suva and a Vice President of LawASIA, Afamasaga Toleafoa, a Matai Chief and National Advocate for the Protection of Children from Samoa , Ms Carol Dickson from the Papakura District Council in New Zealand, a Safer Communities Project Officer , and Mr Andrew Paterson a crime prevention consultant from Adelaide and Board member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime.
Funding for the Forum came from the Australian Government through AusAid, the AIC and a number of other sponsors.
The delegates came from a wide geographical area and different cultures, and brought a diversity of experience and knowledge. They included representatives of the judiciary, the legal profession, government, the media, welfare, and the private sector. They came to share their collective knowledge and experiences, so as to help their own communities when they returned to them. At the conclusion of the Forum It was resolved that a Communiqué would also be drafted which would recognize the importance of crime prevention, recognize the group’s differences in challenges facing the participating countries, recognize the rule of law, and note the setting up of the Working Group.
National Executive Meeting, Townsville, October 2007
(from left, Adrienne Isnard, North Queensland, Andrew Paterson SA, Bill Somerville NT, Peter Norman
SA, Rob White, Tasmania , Garner Clancy, NSW)
Forum in progress Forum delegates