Free to be Kids

Earlier today in Canberra we stood with peak Aboriginal organisations in front of Parliament House to launch the Change the Record: Free To Be Kids Action Plan.

We then took our message inside Parliament in a series of meetings with MPs.

Our message: The over-imprisonment and abuse of Aboriginal children is happening all over the country and urgently requires national leadership.

Thank you to 1700+ supporters who have already signed our petition after just one week to support today. Many of you have also chipped in to help get the Sea of Hands and our team to Canberra.

We’ve taken the next step in launching the National Action Plan.

We must now make it impossible for the government to ignore our call for action on the national tragedy of over-imprisonment and abuse of Aboriginal youth. If you haven’t already, please take action now.

Antionette Braybrook Co-Chair Change the Record Campaign (Left), Andrew Meehan ANTaR National Director with Keenan Mundine (Right).

Just over a week ago the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory recommended a complete overhaul of the system that led to the appalling abuse of children in prison in the NT.

Over the past eight months there have been reports and inquiries into abuse in Queensland, ACT, NSW, Western Australia and Victoria, all while the NT Royal Commission was underway.

This is a national crisis that needs urgent national leadership.

There are sons and daughters locked up today that don’t need to be. They should be free to be kids, in school, in their community, with their family, and with a bright future ahead of them.

Issues: Justice