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The Australian Institute of Criminology is a social science agency that works with social scientists and law enforcement researchers and practitioners in Australia and internationally. Safeguarding Australia is a theme that engages social scientists across a very wide spectrum. Understanding population dynamics, population structure, demographic drivers, economic and social conditions and governance structures helps us to understand the trajectories of crime, terror and threat. Crime is an issue that involves the whole community. Crime is the result of complex changes in economic, social and cultural factors such as unemployment, dysfunctional families, child abuse, poor education, community breakdown, economic inequality and substance abuse, as well as issues of biology and genetics. The AIC objectives are: to reduce the supply of motivated offenders; and to make crime harder to commit. The knowledge base for Safeguarding Australia include: safety in our homes, families, neighbourhoods, workplaces; safeguarding our economic institutions and systems; threats to our national borders; terrorist attacks.
Speech presented at the National Research Priorities Seminar, March 28, 2003 by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/