Abusive Treatment of Children in Juvenile Justice

Young Indigenous people are 17 times more likely to be in detention than other Australians. Despite only 5% of the general population are Aboriginal persons aged 10-17, they make up almost half of those under youth justice supervision. The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare youth justice report also found 39% of young Indigenous people were Read more about Abusive Treatment of Children in Juvenile Justice[…]

Indigenous Australians Grossly Over-represented in Custody

The over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system is a national disgrace. For decades, Indigenous Australians have been grossly over-represented in custody across the country. Although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of the total population in Australia, they constitute over 27% of national prison population. Read more about Indigenous Australians Grossly Over-represented in Custody[…]

Banking Royal Commission – Issues Facing Remote Communities

The Banking Royal Commission Round 4 hearings will focus on issues affecting Australians who live in remote and regional communities. The hearings will be heard in two locations: Brisbane: Monday 25 June – Friday 29 June 2018 Darwin: Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July 2018 The hearing will focus on issues relating to: Farming Read more about Banking Royal Commission – Issues Facing Remote Communities[…]

Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People

NSW Police are targeting minority groups with a secret blacklist. The Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) is a police list that identifies people who police believe are at risk of committing an offence in the future. 55% of STMP targets are Aboriginal and almost half are under the age of 25. Children as young as Read more about Secret Police Blacklist Targets Young People and Aboriginal People[…]

What is the Australia Day debate really about?

What is the Australia Day debate really about? With Australia Day coming up there has been continued debate about whether the date should be changed. Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull released a video on Facebook putting forward his strong view that Australia Day should remain as is. He says: “I am disappointed by those who want Read more about What is the Australia Day debate really about?[…]

Indigenous Recognition in the constitution – the way forward?

If 85% of people are in favour of recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution – a record percentage of support – then why hasn’t it happened yet? What is holding back an crucial reform that is widely supported? Australian resistance to constitutional change The explanation begins with Australia’s history of resistance to constitutional change. Out of 44 Read more about Indigenous Recognition in the constitution – the way forward?[…]