Today Change the Record has joined Tanya Day's family, Human Rights Law Centre and over 80 organisations calling for Premier Daniel Andrews to abolish the offence of public drunkenness.
Today is 28 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) made this recommendation. More than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in custody since RCIADIC. In December 2017, Tanya Day died from a brain haemorrhage caused by a traumatic head injury she sustained while in police custody, after she fell asleep on a train to Melbourne.
Cheryl Axleby, Co-Chair of Change the Record said:
“Premier Andrews must respect the calls of Tanya Day’s family and act on the Royal Commission’s recommendations. He must not let this offence take any more lives, like Tanya Day’s. The offence of public drunkenness is too often used to target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and must be abolished.”
For the full media release, see here.
Change the Record is calling for the abolition offences that target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing poverty, like the offence of public drunkenness, in the #FreeOurFuture petition.