South Australia report condemns the use of spit hoods in Adelaide Youth Training Centre

Details of the widespread use of ‘spit hoods’ in the Adelaide Youth Training Centre have been released today in a report published by the South Australian Ombudsman. The use of spit hoods has been illegal in all other jurisdictions following the Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into the Protection and Detention of Children in Read more about South Australia report condemns the use of spit hoods in Adelaide Youth Training Centre[…]

Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW

The scenario is a simple one. You’ve just finished a long, hard day at work or school and begin your journey home. Suddenly, your normal journey is disrupted by a swarm of NSW Police encircling the train station turnstile you’re about to walk through. Two police officers stop you and subject you to an invasive Read more about Stripped away of their rights, dignity and clothing: The strip search problem targeting young people in NSW[…]

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[…]

Proposed Facial Covering Ban in Australia

Several countries have banned the wearing of facial coverings in public places. These include: France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, China and Bulgaria. Recently, Sri Lanka joined the burqa ban list in a knee-jerk reaction to the series of suicide attacks that killed at least 250 people and injured hundreds on Easter Sunday. This controversial ban could Read more about Proposed Facial Covering Ban in Australia[…]

High-Pitched Sonic Devices Target Young People

A number of shopping malls and businesses are deploying high-pitched sonic devices to combat what they describe as anti-social behaviour by young people. The so called ‘mosquito devices’ emit high frequencies which can only be heard by people aged 25 or under. Mosquito devices used to deter young people from loitering In 2016, a community Read more about High-Pitched Sonic Devices Target Young People[…]

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[…]

Horrific Recording of Disability Carer Abusing Disabled Child

An audio recording obtained by the ABC reveals the horrific abuse that occurs within the disability care sector. Horrific recording reveals abuse of disabled boy The recording was made in 2016 by a not-for-profit organisation that was running a group home for teens. The organisation reported the matter to the Police, Children’s Guardian and NSW Read more about Horrific Recording of Disability Carer Abusing Disabled Child[…]

Myanmar Military Accused of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity

In August 2017, the Myanmar military launched violent attacks against the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority in the country. These “clearance operations” have resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths and have forced 700,000 people to flee across the border to Bangladesh. Calls for the prosecution of Myanmar’s top military generals The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission Read more about Myanmar Military Accused of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity[…]

Royal Commission into Australia’s Aged Care Sector

If you have a loved-one living in an aged-care facility, keep your eyes out for the upcoming Royal Commission into Australia’s Aged Care Sector that has been announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Investigations reveal a trend of abuse Elderly people living in aged care are extremely vulnerable because they are heavily reliant on aged-care Read more about Royal Commission into Australia’s Aged Care Sector[…]