Change the Record calls on the Prime Minister to listen to the majority of Australians who believe that more must be done by governments to close the gap in justice, as shown by the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer results.
To mark the anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission into Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory’s final report, the Change the Record Coalition, including significant human rights organisations, is calling on the NT Gunner Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility and get children out of harmful youth prisons.
Change the Record has questioned the report released by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion yesterday, which claims that the majority of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) have been implemented.
The Closing the Gap Strategy must adopt targets to reduce violence and imprisonment rates, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led Change the Record Coalition has said in its submission to COAG’s ‘refresh’ of Closing the Gap.
The Australian Law Reform Commission report Pathways to Justice provides the Attorney-General and the Federal Government with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to halt soaring over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Prime Minister must use the Closing the Gap ‘refresh’ to commit to close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people in justice and safety outcomes, the respected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led Change the Record Coalition has stated.
Today the Change the Record Coalition launched an eight-point plan -Free to be Kids - National Plan of Action - to transform the youth justice system and prevent abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in prisons.
Nearly 100 organisations across Australia have joined Change the Record to call on the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers to make a real commitment to national action after the the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory handed down its landmark report.