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      Date: 26 March 2014 17:02
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: NT plans to punish heavy drinkers during pregnancy: ABC The World Today
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      NT plans to punish heavy drinkers during pregnancy:
      ABC The World Today


      Newsletter date: 27 March 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/25/wgar-news-nt-plans-to-punish-heavy-drinkers-during-pregnancy-abc-the-world-today

      Contents:

      * Mikaela Simpson, The Wire: A new way of tackling Aboriginal incarceration [Featuring Les Malezer & Dr Peter Lewis]
      * SNAICC News: Congress adds its voice to growing calls for justice targets

      * ABC The World Today: NT plans to punish heavy drinkers during pregnancy
      * ABC Lateline: N.T. alcohol experts oppose criminalisation of pregnant drinkers
      * Christina Franks, Mumsnet Talk: Guest post: If drinking in pregnancy becomes a crime, women's bodies will no longer be their own
      * ABC News: Doctor advocates call for greater support for pregnant women
      * ABC News: Drinking alcohol during pregnancy targeted as NT Government considers rights of unborn child
      * Eduardo Jordan, The Wire: Exploring effects of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      * Marg Gleeson, Green Left: Calls for police to be charged over Qld taser attack

      * Background to Justice Reinvestment, Aboriginal imprisonment and Aboriginal Deaths in Custody


      * MIKAELA SIMPSON, THE WIRE:
      A NEW WAY OF TACKLING ABORIGINAL INCARCERATION
      [FEATURING LES MALEZER & DR PETER LEWIS]


      - Audio

      The Wire: A new way of tackling Aboriginal incarceration
      Produced by Mikaela Simpson
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11303
      6 Mar 14: "Aboriginal leaders are calling for the Federal
      Government to adopt new justice targets. They claim that
      increasing the aboriginal educational budget will lead to a
      decrease in the number of aboriginal and torres strait
      island people in gaol.
      Featured in story:
      * Les Malezer, Co-chair Australian congress
      * Dr. Peter Lewis, President ANTaR"


      * SNAICC NEWS:
      CONGRESS ADDS ITS VOICE TO GROWING CALLS FOR JUSTICE TARGETS



      - News

      SNAICC News: Congress adds its voice to growing calls for justice targets
      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1370
      12 Mar 14: "The National Congress of Australia’s First
      Peoples
      has joined other Indigenous organisations in
      calling for the creation of specific justice targets under
      Closing the Gap to address the "alarming and growing"
      over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander peoples in the justice system. Congress Co-Chair
      Kirstie Parker, who is also Co-Chair of the Close the Gap
      Campaign, observed that in Opposition, Senator Nigel
      Scullion had said the Coalition was in favour of a Closing
      the Gap target around justice."


      * ABC THE WORLD TODAY:
      NT PLANS TO PUNISH HEAVY DRINKERS DURING PREGNANCY



      - Audio

      The World Today: NT plans to punish heavy drinkers during pregnancy
      http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2014/s3963318.htm
      14 Mar 14: "Now to the Northern Territory where it could
      soon be a crime to drink heavily while pregnant. The
      Territory Attorney-General says it's a move to protect the
      rights of unborn children. But, as Lindy Kerin reports,
      he's facing some strong opposition. ...
      CATERINA GIORGI: It really, really does anger me that a
      government would be looking at locking people up in our
      community who are most vulnerable, when we don't have
      appropriate supports, including treatment, for women who
      are in this situation. And we don't have any sort of
      comprehensive prevention campaign to try and raise awareness
      of the risks that alcohol consumption can cause during
      pregnancy."


      * ABC LATELINE:
      N.T. ALCOHOL EXPERTS OPPOSE CRIMINALISATION OF PREGNANT DRINKERS



      - Audio

      ABC Lateline: N.T. alcohol experts oppose criminalisation of pregnant drinkers
      http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s3963901.htm
      14 Mar 14: "There's strong opposition to the N.T.
      Government's proposed prosecution of pregnant drinkers as
      a way to reduce the number of babies born with foetal
      alcohol syndrome. ...
      CATERINA GIORGI, FNDN FOR ALCOHOL RSCH AND EDU:
      A proposal like this will deter women who need help from
      trying to access it and that will cause even greater levels
      of harm in the future. ... What we need to do is focus on
      prevention and encouraging health professionals to talk to
      pregnant women about their alcohol consumption and we need
      to ensure there are adequate treatment and rehabilitation
      for women who are pregnant and alcohol dependent."


      * CHRISTINA FRANKS, MUMSNET TALK:
      GUEST POST:
      IF DRINKING IN PREGNANCY BECOMES A CRIME,
      WOMEN'S BODIES WILL NO LONGER BE THEIR OWN



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Mumsnet Talk: Guest post:
      If drinking in pregnancy becomes a crime,
      women's bodies will no longer be their own

      http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/guest_posts/a2007362-Guest-post-If-drinking-in-pregnancy-becomes-a-crime-womens-bodies-will-no-longer-be-their-own
      24 Feb 14: "A test case due to be heard at the Court of
      Appeal could criminalise a mother who drank heavily in
      pregnancy, and whose child was subsequently born with
      Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The case could set a precedent, and
      raises a number of issues relating to mothers' rights to
      autonomy over their own bodies, and when 'personhood'
      begins. In this guest post, MN blogger Christina Franks
      shares her own experience of drinking while pregnant, and
      argues that criminalising those who do so to excess would
      be a futile and a dangerous step."


      * ABC NEWS:
      DOCTOR ADVOCATES CALL FOR GREATER SUPPORT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN


      - News

      ABC News: Doctor advocates call for greater support for pregnant women
      [scroll down page] http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-14/nt-government-considering-rights-of-unborn-child/5320016
      14 Mar 14: "Dr James Fitzpatrick is a paediatrician who has
      worked at Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia
      specialising in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. He says a
      supportive and voluntary approach, rather than punitive
      one, is needed. "There'll be a number of women who would
      seek out that kind of support actively," he said. "I can't
      imagine what it's like to live the lives that some of these
      women live, where they've got worries about food security
      from day-to-day, where they're living in relative poverty
      and an overcrowded home, possibly in a place where there's
      domestic violence and alcohol use. ... "


      * ABC NEWS:
      DRINKING ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY TARGETED
      AS NT GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS RIGHTS OF UNBORN CHILD



      - Video

      ABC News: Drinking alcohol during pregnancy targeted as NT Government considers rights of unborn child
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-14/nt-government-considering-rights-of-unborn-child/5320016
      14 Mar 14: "The Northern Territory Government is
      considering legislation that could see pregnant women
      prosecuted or restrained if they drink dangerously because
      they are infringing on the rights of unborn children.
      Attorney-General John Elferink says the fact that a large
      number of children are growing up in the NT with foetal
      alcohol syndrome is a "real problem". "I lay the blame for
      that squarely on the feet of a passive welfare system that
      is expecting nothing from the recipients of that welfare,"
      he told ABC Lateline in an interview."


      * EDUARDO JORDAN, THE WIRE:
      EXPLORING EFFECTS OF FOETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME



      - Audio

      The Wire: Exploring effects of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
      Produced by Eduardo Jordan
      14 Mar 14: "This week we heard about the tragic case of a
      woman with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in jail for 18 months
      without a trial in Western Australia. The Northern
      Territory Government is now considering legislation that
      could see pregnant women who drink thrown in jail. The
      issue has caused controversy within organisations and
      amongst some experts. ...
      Featured in story:
      * John Elferink
      - Minister for Children and Families for the Northern Territory
      * Vicki Russell - CEO, National Organisation for
      Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia
      * Mike Daube - Professor, Curtin University and Director,
      McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth"


      * MARG GLEESON, GREEN LEFT:
      CALLS FOR POLICE TO BE CHARGED OVER QLD TASER ATTACK



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Green Left: Calls for police to be charged over Qld taser attack
      https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55982
      1 Mar 14: "Police have not responded to a petition Taser
      victim Sheila Oakley handed to them a week ago. In
      response, a community assembly was held outside Logan
      police station on February 22. Oakley was in hospital and
      could not attend the rally. Paul Butterworth, an
      Aboriginal elder who had called the assembly, told the
      crowd: "We will keep coming back until something’s done
      about this."" By GLW author Marg Gleeson


      * BACKGROUND TO JUSTICE REINVESTMENT,
      ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND
      ABORIGINAL DEATHS IN CUSTODY:


      Last updated: 26 March 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

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