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Over 100 organisations call on the Prime Minister to show national leadership on youth justice.
Today more than 100 organisations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak representative bodies, community and legal groups, have published an Open Letter calling for the Prime Minister to show national leadership on youth justice. The letter has been released to coincide with the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory handing down its interim report today.
Aboriginal leaders seek new relationship with government through historic Redfern Statement
Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peaks will today demand a new relationship with government as they deliver the historic Redfern Statement direct to the Prime Minister at Parliament House.
OPCAT ratification a welcome step
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has today welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that they will ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other mistreatment (OPCAT) by December 2017. This will help to ensure independent monitoring of all places of detention, including all Australian prisons and youth detention facilities.
Victorian youth justice system heading in the wrong direction
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has today expressed serious concern about the deterioration of Victoria’s youth justice system and called for an urgent shift in approach.
COAG must seize opportunity for action on imprisonment and violence rates.
The Change the Record Coalition is urging Federal, State and Territory Governments to show leadership, and commit to developing national justice targets when COAG meets this Friday. The Prime Minister has noted that youth justice will be on the agenda and Change the Record is calling for measurable targets to be set to reduce over-imprisonment, and high rates of violence experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
Senate Inquiry Report highlights pathway to end indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment.
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has today welcomed the release of a major report by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs into the ‘Indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment in Australia’. The report makes a number of critical recommendations aimed at providing better legal protections for people with disability in the justice system including through the provision of adequate disability supports and services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Third National Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children must be matched by tangible action and funding.
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has welcomed the release of the Third National Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children, but called on all levels of government to ensure that positive rhetoric is matched with tangible action and funding. The Third National Action Plan was launched on Friday at the COAG National Family Violence Summit, and includes a strong focus on reducing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment must focus on solutions
A major national inquiry into the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must focus on identifying tangible solutions that address the underlying causes of imprisonment, says the Change the Record (CTR) Coalition. In welcoming today’s announcement of an Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the coalition of peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and legal organisations has said it is essential that the inquiry focus on practical measures that invest in and strengthen communities.
Senate Inquiry Report provides critical recommendations to improve Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander justice outcomes.
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has today welcomed the release of a major report by the Senate Finance and Public Administration Reference Committee into ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of law enforcement and justice services’. This report makes a number of critical recommendations aimed at improving justice outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including adequate support for legal assistance services.
Time to invest in communities, not prisons
The Change the Record (CTR) Coalition has today called on all levels of government to start thinking differently about crime prevention, and shift investment away from prisons and into communities. Last night’s episode of ABC Four Corners featured the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke. This is the first major trial of justice reinvestment in Australia - an approach first developed in the United States which seeks to reduce imprisonment rates, whilst saving money and creating safer communities