Prejudice and Paedophilia in Hate Crime Laws: Dunn v. R
Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 253-256, 2009
9 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2010
Date Written: May 7, 2010
This article considers the recent case of Dunn v R where it was decided by the NSW Supreme Court that sentence aggravation provisions for ‘hate crimes’ apply to paedophiles. This controversial decision is analysed against the backdrop of hate crime laws in Australian jurisdictions. The author argues that the decision in Dunn does little to further the social justice ideals of hate crime laws as a whole.
Keywords: hate crime, targeted crime, bias crime, paedophilia
JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30
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