Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Forcible strip-search of female inmate violated Human Rights law

The forcible strip-search of a female inmate at a Canberra jail earlier this year breached the territory’s Human Rights Act. The ACT Inspector of Correctional Services released the review into the strip-search last week. He found that the decision to forcibly strip-search the inmate didn’t comply with the Human Rights legislation. Indigenous woman allegedly strip-searched …

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High Court backs Dylan Voller and dismisses media appeal

MEDIA RELEASE – 8 SEPTEMBER 2021 In an historic decision, the High Court today dismissed the appeals of Fairfax, Nationwide News and Australian News Channel, finding that they were rightly held to be responsible as publishers of defamatory third-party comments on their respective Facebook pages. In July 2017, Dylan Voller commenced proceedings against the three …

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BREAKING HIGH COURT DISMISSES MEDIA'S APPEAL IN VOLLER DEFAMATION CASE

Cease prison transfers until COVID-19 rapid testing introduced

UPDATE: We have been informed that prisoner transfers have now ceased. It’s great that the movement  prisoners across the state has stopped. Now, the NSW Government needs to take urgent steps to: Release all non-violent offenders; Ensure housing and release support is provided; Rapid testing is immediately made available; Remissions applied for these strict lockdowns …

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Cease transport of inmates between prisons until COVID-19 rapid testing introduced

COVID-19 prison outbreak: Urgent release of non-violent offenders needed to prevent devastation

A COVID-19 prison outbreak is growing inside Parklea Correctional Centre, in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, where at least 31 prisoners have tested positive to the deadly virus. Law reform groups and First Nations advocates have been calling for a policy response since the beginning of the pandemic. So far, the NSW Government has let them down. …

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Urgent release of non-violent offenders needed to prevent devastation of COVID-19 in prisons

Got a COVID fine for outdoor recreation? Consider appealing

NSW Police have been mistakenly handing out COVID-19 fines up to $3,000 to people who were engaging in lawful recreation activities. These activities are permissible under the public health orders. Outside an area of concern, citizens may: Sit in a park by themselves or with one other person or nominated person or household members; eat …

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Urge for people to appeal wrongly issued COVID fines for 'recreation'

Public health orders fail to understand remote communities

Residents of the remote town of Brewarrina, in North-West NSW, say too many people are being fined thousands of dollars by police, with a failure on the part of police to use their discretion. The town doesn’t currently have any COVID-19 cases. However, with the spread heading out west, police are vigilantly enforcing the public …

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Public health orders fail to understand remote communities

Inmates at Silverwater test positive to COVID-19

Four inmates at Silverwater jail in Sydney’s west have tested positive to COVID-19. The inmates had just entered custody and were in the jail’s remand and reception area. The prison has been routinely testing all new inmates for the virus when they arrive. The prison then places the inmates in quarantine for 14 days before …

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Inmates at Silverwater test positive to COVID-19

Protect Wonnarua history from mining destruction

A mining giant is threatening to expand their open-cut coal mining into one of the last untouched areas of the Hunter Valley. Glencore is looking to expand onto land which stands as a site which saw some of the country’s most violent wars. Traditional owners of the area are calling for the land to get …

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Protect Wonnarua history from mining destruction

We need rapid COVID-19 testing in our prisons

It took four days for the results of a swab from a man in a NSW prison to return a positive result for COVID-19. However, by that time, he had left Bathurst jail and returned home to Walgett in the state’s north-west. He also stopped in Dubbo on his way through. This delay meant that …

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We need rapid COVID-19 testing in our prisons

Incarceration Nation: Exposing our unjust justice system

Thousands of First Nations people wake up behind bars every day, including children. Incarceration Nation lays bare the story of the systemic racism built into our justice system. The documentary is told by First Nations people, experts, academics and those directly impacted by the current criminal justice system. “Families continue to fight for justice and …

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Incarceration Nation Exposing our Unjust justice system
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