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Restorative justice has made small in-roads into the legal land-scape in Australia. This paper uses a restorative justice conference to illustrate that developments in restorative justice at the international human rights level have been under-utilised in Western Australia in the bid to amend harms done by offending behaviour. A restorative justice attempt involving the police as offenders is explored to highlight problems in not adhering to a set of principles. Using an example of a restorative justice conference involving 50 offending police officers, an opportunity for closure was lost for all involved. (excerpt)