CAAMA interview with AMSANT CEO John Paterson:
Jail not the answer
Newsletter date: 31 May 2013
This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/30/wgar-news-caama-interview-with-amsant-ceo-john-paterson-jail-not-the-answer
* CAAMA interview with AMSANT CEO John Paterson: Jail not the answer [Alcohol Mandatory treatment Bill]
* CAAMA: NT proposed Alcohol Mandatory treatment Bill
* ABC The World Today: Aboriginal justice, welfare groups call for rethink on NT plan to force alcoholics into rehab
* Dan Harrison, Canberra Times: NT plan to lock up drunks 'targets aborigines'
* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens express serious concerns over NT mandatory rehabilitation
* ABC: ACOSS attacks mandatory alcohol rehabilitation
* NIRS: Social services slam NT mandatory treatment policy
* SBS Radionews: Debate continues on NT rehab plan
* Central Land Council: Chairman's address to grog rally
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Racialised imprisonment
* The Stringer: Former prisoners' wages subsidy
* The Stringer: Police Commissioner says time to help Aboriginal youth
* Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody
* CAAMA INTERVIEW WITH AMSANT CEO JOHN PATERSON:
JAIL NOT THE ANSWER
- Audio InterviewCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Jail not the answer
29 May 13: "John Paterson
, CEO of the Aboriginal Medical
Services Alliance Northern Territory says AMSANT is in the
process of gathering feedback, comments and analysis of the
proposed mandatory treatment bill. Punitive measure he
states, is not the answer."* CAAMA:
NT PROPOSED ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT BILL
- AudioCentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association: http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/AM-27-05.mp3
27 May 13: "The Northern Territory’s peak Aboriginal
organizations representative body says the Giles CLP
Governments proposed Alcohol Mandatory treatment Bill will
discriminate against their people by effectively
criminalizing public drunkenness."* ABC THE WORLD TODAY:
ABORIGINAL JUSTICE, WELFARE GROUPS
CALL FOR RETHINK ON NT PLAN TO FORCE ALCOHOLICS INTO REHAB
ABC The World Today:
Aboriginal justice, welfare groups
call for rethink on NT plan to force alcoholics into rehabhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-28/aboriginal-justice-welfare-groups-call-for-rethink/4717870?section=nt
28 May 13: "The national peak body for Social Services is
warning that Aboriginal people will be unfairly targeted by
the Northern Territory Government's radical plan to force
problem drinkers into rehabilitation. The Australian
Council of Social Services says the policy is half-baked,
will be ineffective and is likely to result in even more
Aboriginal people entering the criminal justice system in
the Northern Territory. There's concern too among
Aboriginal justice and Alcohol policy experts who are
gathering for a conference in Darwin and will call on the
territory government to rethink its plan"* DAN HARRISON, CANBERRA TIMES:
NT PLAN TO LOCK UP DRUNKS 'TARGETS ABORIGINES'
- Analysis / OpinionCanberra Times: NT plan to lock up drunks 'targets aborigines'http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/nt-plan-to-lock-up-drunks-targets-aborigines-20130529-2nay2.html
29 May 13: "A Northern Territory government plan to lock up
problem drunks and force them to undergo rehabilitation
could criminalise a health problem, Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has
warned. Under the scheme, which is proposed to start in
July, people taken into custody for drunkenness three times
in a two month period can, at the recommendation of a
tribunal, be placed in a residential treatment program for
12 weeks." Dan Harrison
, Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent* GREENS SENATOR RACHEL SIEWERT:
GREENS EXPRESS SERIOUS CONCERNS OVER NT MANDATORY REHABILITATION
- Media ReleaseGreens Senator Rachel Siewert:
Greens express serious concerns over NT mandatory rehabilitationhttp://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-express-serious-concerns-over-nt-mandatory-rehabilitation
28 May 13: "The Australian Greens said today that they are
extremely concerned about the mandatory rehabilitation
legislation proposed by the NT Government.
"Alcohol management is an ongoing problem in the NT, but
forcing people into a detention centre is in violation of
basic human rights, and is not the solution to this very
significant problem" Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
"I have been receiving letters from people and
organisations in the NT expressing their concern about
this legislation, and calling for it to be abandoned.
"Organisations have flagged a range of concerns with me,
including their belief that the legislation overlooks
recommendations of the 1991 Royal Commission into
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
"This is a very serious situation, and the NT Government
should be focusing on approaches which address the
underlying causes of alcohol abuse and build safe
communities. ... " [said Senator Siewert]"* ABC:
ACOSS ATTACKS MANDATORY ALCOHOL REHABILITATION
- NewsABC: ACOSS attacks mandatory alcohol rehabilitation
28 May 13: "The Australian Council of Social Service has
called on the Northern Territory Government to scrap its
mandatory alcohol rehabilitation policy. ACOSS chief
executive Cassandra Goldie is warning that the proposed
Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Bill being considered by the
Territory parliament could lead to breaches of Australia's
human rights obligations. It would give a tribunal the
power to force problem drinkers into rehabilitation for
two months. Dr Goldie says it would effectively
criminalise public drunkenness." By Michael Coggan
- Related NewsAustralian: Experts unite on 'obscene' grog billhttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/experts-unite-on-obscene-grog-bill/story-fn9hm1pm-1226651729984
28 May 13: "ABORIGINES in the Northern Territory are the
target of discriminatory, costly, ineffective and
"half-baked" legislation that forces habitual drinkers into
treatment centres with fences and guards, the peak body for
community services will warn today. Alcohol, welfare,
criminology and indigenous justice experts due to gather at
a conference in Darwin will argue against plans they say
will criminalise drunkenness for part of the community,
contrary to the findings of the 1991 Royal Commission into
Aboriginal Deaths in Custody."
Amos Aikman, Northern correspondent* NIRS:
SOCIAL SERVICES SLAM NT MANDATORY TREATMENT POLICY
- AudioNational Indigenous Radio Service:
Social services slam NT mandatory treatment policyhttp://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29329/Social-services-slam-NT-mandatory-treatment-policy.html
30 May 13: "By ABC/NIRS: The Australian Council of Social
Services has described the Northern Territory Government’s
alcohol mandatory treatment policy as half-baked,
discriminatory and unlikely to reduce alcohol-related harm.
... the Council’s Chief Executive Cassandra Goldie says the
policy will unfairly target Aboriginal people who are often
the most visible drinkers in the Territory."* SBS RADIONEWS:
DEBATE CONTINUES ON NT REHAB PLAN
- Audio InterviewSBS Radionews: Debate continues on NT rehab plan
By Greg Dyetthttp://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/269460/Debate-continues-on-NT-rehab-plan
28 May 13: "A Northern Territory government plan to force
people with alcohol problems into compulsory rehabilitation
is continuing to draw a mixed reaction. Under the Alcohol
Mandatory Treatment Bill, anyone who has been put in
protective custody three times in two months could be sent
to mandatory rehab for three months. The Secretariat of
National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care says it's
opposed to the legislation. Chief Executive Frank Hytten
told Greg Dyett mandatory measures are usually not
effective."* CENTRAL LAND COUNCIL:
CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS TO GROG RALLY
- Media ReleaseCentral Land Council:
Chairman’s address to grog rally 13 May 2013http://www.clc.org.au/media-releases/article/chairmans-address-to-grog-rally-13-may-2013/
13 May 13: "CLC Chairman Maurie Ryan gave this address to
the rally in Alice Springs called to address the NT
Government's policies concerning alcohol in the NT
The CLC wants to see a greater focus on reducing harm
associated with alcohol. We have long supported policy
ideas that produce real change on alcohol consumption.
These are not rocket science; they have to do with
reducing supply, by increasing the price - introducing a
floorprice - and reducing the number of takeaway sale days.
On the whole, the Aboriginal community and the CLC, who
have chosen me as the elected representative, support
these initiatives. ...
The CLC also supports the reintroduction of the Banned
Drinkers Register. It wasn’t perfect, but it was making a
difference to the lives of Aboriginal people and families
in major towns and communities. ... "* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
- Analysis / OpinionThe Stringer: Racialised imprisonmenthttp://thestringer.com.au/racialised-imprisonment/
28 May 13: "Australia has a history since colonialisation
of racialised violence and hence racialised imprisonment.
Aboriginal peoples deal the with the worst of Australia’s
racialised imprisonment - throughout the criminal justice
system - from sentencing regimes to the effects of having
become the world’s most incarcerated peoples. A dark
thread of racism underwrites Australia’s national
consciousness contemporaneously and it is not limited to
Australia’s maltreatment of Aboriginal peoples. The
maltreatment of Asylum Seekers ... " By Gerry Georgatos
a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
a multi-award winning investigative journalist
* THE STRINGER:
FORMER PRISONERS' WAGES SUBSIDY
- NewsThe Stringer: Former prisoners' wages subsidyhttp://thestringer.com.au/former-prisoners-wages-subsidy/
16 May 13: "Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett said
that he would consider the proposition of subsidising the
wages of former prisoners if it meant that it would reduce
the likelihood of them re-offending. Recently, State
Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said that Justice
Reinvestment would also be considered by the Government.
Western Australia’s prison population is at a record high
- having earlier in the year passed 5,000 prisoners for
the first time. It now stands at nearly 5,300 prisoners
with more than 40 per cent of the State’s prison
population comprised of Aboriginal peoples."* THE STRINGER:
POLICE COMMISSIONER SAYS TIME TO HELP ABORIGINAL YOUTH
- NewsThe Stringer:
Police Commissioner says time to help Aboriginal youthhttp://thestringer.com.au/police-commissioner-says-time-to-help-aboriginal-youth/
16 May 13: "Western Australia’s Aboriginal youth are being
detained in juvenile detention centres at the world’s
highest rate. The WA Police Commissioner said that it is
time to tackle various social determinants in order to
tackle juvenile crime. More than 70 per cent of the WA
juvenile detention centre population is Aboriginal.
Commissioner O’Callaghan said that more police and more
prisons are not the answers to addressing juvenile crime.
"Indigenous youth have special vulnerabilities and it is
no secret that they are grossly over-represented in the
justice system," said the Commissioner."
- Related AudioNational Indigenous Radio Service:
Community legal centres back new justice strategyhttp://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29298/Community-legal-centres-back-new-justice-strategy.html
21 May 13: "The National Association of Community Legal
Centres says it supports a push to take a justice
reinvestment approach to crime policy. ... National
Convenor Michael Smith says justice reinvestment presents
an opportunity to cut down crime by dealing with its
causes."* BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
DEATHS IN CUSTODY:
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