Author Archives: Jim Coombs


About Jim Coombs

Jim Coombs is a nearly retired magistrate and economist

Children in jail: why change and why now?

The recent expression of concern at 10 year olds being imprisoned is quite appropriate, but the age of criminal responsibility is not the only issue. More important is who does it and why they do.

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Less Aboriginals in Gaol ? How can we do it ?

“Circle Sentencing” was a great idea: Get the Aboriginal Community involved in the the administration of justice to the First Nations people. But why wait until the horse has bolted, when guilt is assumed and penalty is the question.

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JIM COOMBS. Post-virus reconstruction – ‘snap back or snap out of it?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a government that housed the homeless, fed the poor and had a high employment demand driven, suitably regulated, economy. I can dream.

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