ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth incarceration across the country to become a priority for the Federal Government.
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, ANTaR today called for the sacking of Northern Territory Minister for Corrective Services, Justice, Families and Children, John Elferink following harrowing footage of abuse of young people in detention at Don Dale youth detention centre.
Today, on the 25th anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report ANTaR, calls for an end to government indifference to addressing the nationwide incarceration crisis facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. "Today is a sombre day, not only for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but for the nation as a whole, that should jolt our nation’s leaders into real action on incarceration, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People,” Read ANTaR's S
Aboriginal womens experiences are front & centre in the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Change the Record Co Chair Jackie Huggins commends the Report’s recommendation that significant investment in Aboriginal community controlled services should be an urgent priority for Government.
ANTaR joins over twenty Indigenous and human rights organisations have signed an open letter released today calling on Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett to stop locking up vulnerable people for unpaid fines. The open letter comes in the wake of the ongoing inquest into the tragic death of Ms Dhu, a 22-year old Aboriginal woman who died in police custody after being imprisoned for unpaid fines. Read the open letter here.
Bob Debus highlights the incarceration crisis in the Second Frank Walker Memorial Lecture - “The Things That Must Be Done…” ** Some Genuine Decision-Making Power: Dealing with the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison system. Read the full speech here.
Koori Mail reports ANTaR's call for action on violence and the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Change the Record Coalition will today meet in Canberra to launch the ‘Blueprint for Change’. This is the first time a broad range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous organisations have come together with a concrete plan for Federal, State and Territory Governments to change the record on soaring Aboriginal imprisonment rates and high levels of experienced violence.