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Moving from criminal justice to public health approaches to gun control in Australia; the challenges ahead

Event date: 
11 April 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Room 305, Level 3, Samuels Building (F25), UNSW Kensington Campus
Open to: 
Open to all
Cost: 
Free - no booking required
Event Type: 
Seminar
School/Unit: 
School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Booking deadline: 

Australia’s gun laws were dramatically amended after Australia experienced the ‘worst lone gun massacre’ the world had seen at Port Arthur in Tasmania. The framework for this change was prevention before cure.  It was a departure from the traditional “criminal justice” approach to gun control towards a “public health approach”.  In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre there had been 13 gun massacres in Australia. But after the implementation of Australia’s stronger gun laws, we have not had to experience another gun massacre. This talk will examine why this “public health” model has been so beneficial to Australia, and the challenges ahead for preventing this model being undermined.

About Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee, a lawyer, has been the Chair of Gun Control Australia (GCA) for over ten years. She has participated in the United Nations Small Arms and Light Weapons conference in New York as part of an Australian delegation. She was awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship to travel to study ways to prevent handgun violence in Australia by looking at models in America, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact for inquiries: 
Ravit Danieli-Vlandis ravit@unsw.edu.au

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