A new report shows that Australians with no job are more likely to have a gun than those with jobs.
The report, titled ”Unemployment and the Gun: An Analysis of Australian Police Shootings, and Why Australians Need to be Prepared” by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), found that between 2014 and 2019, the number of police killings in Australia dropped from 2,852 to 1,622.
Police shootings have fallen by more than half since 2000, and police officers are the victims of an average of 2.9 police shootings per day.
However, the ABS found that police killings have not decreased at all over the same period.
Between 2014 and 2015, the rate of police shootings in Australia fell by a total of 8.4 per cent.
This is lower than the 12.7 per cent decline in shootings in 2014-15.
However the ABS noted that ”no matter the level of unemployment, or the length of unemployment in Australia, the proportion of Australians who have a job has remained fairly stable.”
The report found that ”between 2014 and 2020, the majority of Australians with jobs remained in jobs that were more than 10 hours a week in total”.
According to the ABS, ”between 2012 and 2015 there was a decline in the proportion working less than 15 hours per week”.
But while it found that the ”unemployment rate has remained stable since 2000” there has been a ”significant increase in the number who have no job”.
This report does not include the number killed by police in the first quarter of this year, or any of the other police shootings that occurred in the period.
But it does say that ”there was a significant increase in police-related deaths” during the first nine months of 2017.
In January 2017, an 18-year-old man was shot dead by police after he tried to rob a store in Perth’s inner-west.
In April 2017, a man was killed in a confrontation with police in Sydney’s west, after he refused to stop filming them in a street.
Another man was fatally shot on March 20 after he shot at police with a pellet gun in an attempt to intimidate them.
In the same month, another man was charged with attempting to rob the man in custody in the same area.
There have been five police shootings since then.
All of the deaths occurred in Victoria, but they occurred in NSW, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia.
They were all the result of people trying to steal guns.
The ABS also found that there was an ”extraordinary increase” in the use of ”lethal force” by police, up from 12 per cent to 30 per cent between 2014-16 and 2019-20.
This included the use ”the use of tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, live ammunition and a range of other forms of force”.
The ABS noted, however, that ”most” of these uses were not used in a violent way, and it is unclear whether they were justified.