Community is Everything – ATSILS Principal Legal Officer talking to schools about issues & solutions re: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth detention

Greg Shadbolt - Principal Legal Officer ATSILSCommunity is Everything

Last week our Principal Legal Officer was out in the community shining a light on the issues related to the high detention rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and the solutions needed to create brighter futures for our kids.

Greg presented to senior school students from around a dozen schools – hosted at the Brisbane Boys College (Toowong) as part of Amnesty International Australia‘s “Community is Everything” campaign.

There were several hundred school children and teachers in attendance and it was a great opportunity to increase awareness of critical justice issues effecting kids futures to new audiences less likely to be exposed to such challenges.

More information on the campaign can be found here:
http://www.amnesty.org.au/activist/campaign-resource/37103

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25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

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Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report ‪#‎RCIADIC‬

This morning ATSILS CEO Shane Duffy and Dr Jackie Huggins Co-Chairs of Change the Record Coalition are at Parliament House in Canberra commemorating lives lost and working for change.

In the 25 years since the handing down of the RCIADIC report Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration rates have almost doubled. It time for change. Here’s what’s needed:
https://changetherecord.org.au/blueprint-for-change

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MEDIA RELEASE: ‘Justice targets critical to ‘Closing the Gap’

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Change The Record Coalition“The ‘Close the Gap Campaign’s 2016 Progress and Priorities Report’ released today calls on government to develop justice targets to reduce the high rates of imprisonment and violence being experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”

Change the Record Coalition Co-Chair Shane Duffy said, “These statistics are a sad indictment on our nation. The over-representation of our peoples in the criminal justice system, and high rates of violence being experienced, is both cause and effect for the poor state of health, education and employment outcomes of so many of our families and communities”.

“It is long past time for measurable justice targets to be adopted as part of the COAG Closing the Gap Strategy, and we welcome this renewed call for action from the Close the Gap Campaign. The safer communities ‘building block’ remains the only area without targets attached” said Mr Duffy.

https://changetherecord.org.au/blog/news/justice-targets-critical-to-close-the-gap

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It’s time for a smarter safer approach – Justice Reinvestment: PJ’s Story

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise only 3 per cent of the Australian population, but make up 28 per cent of the total prison population and are imprisoned at a rate 14 times higher than other Australians. They are also much more likely to be victims of crime.

Justice Reinvestment is a circuit-breaker. It is data driven, fiscally sound and empowers communities to address the underlying causes of crime.

PJ’s story highlights the cost of locking people up and the power of community to provide alternative pathways.

Together we must convince government to set targets to reduce incarceration and to support the implementation of justice reinvestment in Australia.
Take Action
https://antar.org.au/campaigns/justice-campaign…

It’s time for a smarter safer approach – Justice Reinvestment – Trisha’s Story

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise only 3 per cent of the Australian population, but make up 28 per cent of the total prison population and are imprisoned at a rate 14 times higher than other Australians. They are also much more likely to be victims of crime.

Justice Reinvestment is a circuit-breaker. It is data driven, fiscally sound and empowers communities to addresses the underlying causes of crime.

Trisha’s story is one of success and highlights the need for Justice Reinvestment.

Together we must convince government to set targets to reduce incarceration and to support the implementation of justice reinvestment in Australia.

Take Action Here:
https://antar.org.au/campaigns/justice-campaign…

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It’s time for a new approach to Justice – Dale’s Story

It’s time for a new approach to Justice – Dale’s Story

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise only 3 per cent of the Australian population, but make up around 28 per cent of the total prison population and are imprisoned at a rate 14 times higher than other Australians. They are also much more likely to be victims of crime.

Justice Reinvestment is a circuit-breaker. It is data driven, fiscally sound and empowers communities to address the underlying causes of crime.

Dale’s story highlights the cost of locking people up and the power of community to provide alternative pathways.

Together we must convince government to set targets to reduce incarceration and to support the implementation of justice reinvestment in Australia.

Take Action:
https://antar.org.au/campaigns/justice-campaign…

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Stand With Indigenous Kids in Australia – Amnesty International

Community KidsIn one month, our state and federal leaders will meet to discuss the issues most pressing for a peaceful, prosperous Australia.

Make sure that the over-representation of Indigenous kids behind bars is high on their agenda > http://amn.st/6186Bu97n

For kids, community is everything. It’s kids’ connections with family and community that lets them flourish, and sets them up for life. Belonging matters and communities provide it.

But our government is separating Indigenous kids from their communities. Kids as young as 10 are being locked up, all across Australia.

If you’re an Indigenous kid, you are 24 times more likely to be locked up than your non-Indigenous classmates.

Fortunately, Indigenous people have the solutions — community-led programs that support kids, and if they get in trouble, help them address the reasons why. Now we need our government to support these solutions too.

http://amn.st/6186Bu97n

‪#‎CommunityIsEverything‬ ‪#‎ChangeTheRecord‬ ‪#‎Indigenous

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Experts call for new approach to Indigenous incarceration

In his role as Co – Chair – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services & Change The Record Coalition, our CEO Shane Duffy speaks to Australasian Lawyer about the call for a new approach to Indigenous incarceration.

“The policing methodology in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this country has been more about ‘lock them up and throw away the key’. We continuously see governments winning elections based off law and order agendas and incarcerations. What we need to do is look at a new, smarter approach to ensuring we have safer communities across the country.” – Shane Duffy, Co – Chair – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services & Change The Record Coalition

Read Full Article Here:
http://www.australasianlawyer.com.au/news/experts-call-for-new-approach-to-indigenous-incarceration-207789.aspx#.VjgTOnE73mI.twitter

See Lateline’s full interview with ATSILS CEO Shane Duffy at the link below.
http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4344050.htm

These are the smarter solutions we are campaigning for:
https://changetherecord.org.au/solutions

Pledge your support to ‪#‎ChangeTheRecord‬ on violence and imprisonment rates today –> http://www.changetherecord.org.au/pledge

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A Human Rights Act for Queensland – Parliamentary Inquiry

Queensland is one step closer to a charter of human rights, with the Palaszczuk Government committing to holding a parliamentary inquiry into how the state could adopt its own bill of rights.

 
CEO_ShaneDuffy_HRA4QLDOn Monday night 14/09/2015 our CEO Shane Duffy spoke the launch of the #HumanRights4QLD campaign at Parliament House. Mr Duffy highlighted some of the shocking human rights violations experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the benefits of using a human rights framework to shape future legislation to better protect the rights of all Queenslanders.

“We need to invest in the proactive rather than the reactive and to put resources on the ground.” Mr Duffy said.

At the launch on Monday Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad confirmed the great news that the government would move a motion to kick off the inquiry.

The move was welcomed by the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, which said Queenslanders basic rights remained unprotected under existing legislation.

Queensland is the only state in Australia with a one-house parliament which means there is a higher risk of rights breaches by the government and therefore more work to do in terms of rights protections.

 

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/parliamentary-inquiry-in-to-human-rights-act-for-queensland-20150915-gjng8k.html#ixzz3lxZrmI00