Tag Archives | Aboriginal justice

Bill to close CNS loophole

Today we gave notice of a bill that would require the Custody Notification Service (CNS) to be notified every time an Aboriginal person is detained. This was a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Currently there is only a requirement to notify where a person is arrested and charged, and in […]

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Aboriginal justice demands far more than another inquiry

The Indigenous incarceration inquiry today announced by the Federal Government is a symbolic recognition of our broken criminal justice system, but comes 25 years after the ground-breaking report from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was handed down. The bulk of these recommendations have still not been implemented. Just last month the Bureau […]

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From arrest to charge to bail to court to jail – Aboriginal people face a biased criminal justice system

Aboriginal people in NSW are more likely to charged, more likely to be refused bail and more likely to spend time in jail than non-Aboriginal people who commit the same offence. The criminal justice system is NSW is increasingly biased against Aboriginal people according to the latest comprehensive report. The latest analysis released by BOCSAR […]

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Parliament calls for the repatriation of the Gweagal shield

The return of key Aboriginal artefacts from the point of first contact between Captain Cook and the First Peoples of Australia was supported by NSW Parliament today after a motion calling for the repatriation of the Gweagal shield and spears from the British Museum and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to the Gweagal people passed the […]

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National Royal Commission into children in jail is needed

A Royal Commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention is an important first step after the appalling evidence from last night’s Four Corners, but this Royal Commission must be expanded to cover all states and territories. There is a crisis in our prisons that is not just limited to the Northern Territory, and across the country […]

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Priceless Aboriginal Heritage faces destruction from light rail excavation

An immediate stop work order is needed to protect a priceless Aboriginal heritage site from destruction for the South East Light Rail project. The Aboriginal heritage site in Randwick, adjacent to the Royal Randwick racecourse, has already yielded more than 21,000 artefacts from a series of small excavation pits. The entire site faces imminent destruction from machine excavators […]

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