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      Date: 10 April 2014 11:36
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Barriers to justice system faced by Indigenous Aussies revealed in report: SBS
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      Barriers to justice system faced by Indigenous Aussies revealed in report:
      SBS


      Newsletter date: 10 April 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/04/09/wgar-news-barriers-to-justice-system-faced-by-indigenous-aussies-revealed-in-report-sbs

      Contents:

      * Joline Samawi, The Wire: Report reveals barries of access to law for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [Featuring Dr. Warren Mundy]
      * SBS: Barriers to justice system faced by Indigenous Aussies revealed in report

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Rosie Anne Fulton still languishing in prison - Government without moral compass

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Youth Justice Board will not succeed

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Mandatory Sentencing
      * Patricia Monemvasitis, Mondaq: Mandatory sentencing and indigenous Australians

      * Ross Gittins, Canberra Times: New ways needed to arrest indigenous imprisonment rates

      * Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA): Law Matters Programs [Featuring Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, Professor Fiona Stanley, Dennis Eggington & Peter Collins]

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

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Public Health researcher calls on media to also report positive stories


      * JOLINE SAMAWI, THE WIRE:
      REPORT REVEALS BARRIES OF ACCESS TO LAW FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE
      [FEATURING DR. WARREN MUNDY]



      - Audio Interview

      The Wire: Report reveals barries of access to law for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      Produced by Joline Samawi
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11414
      8 Apr 14: "A draft report released today by the
      productivity commission reveals some deepening concerns
      regarding the lack of access to justice for Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander people. It highlights that language
      barriers, geographical isolation and financial literacy
      were contributing factors for in civil law issues. The
      Wire spoke to Dr Warren Mundy about the report.
      Featured in story:
      Dr. Warren Mundy - Commissioner at the productivity commission."


      * SBS:
      BARRIERS TO JUSTICE SYSTEM FACED BY INDIGENOUS AUSSIES REVEALED IN REPORT



      - Video

      SBS: Barriers to justice system faced by Indigenous Aussies revealed in report
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/04/08/barriers-justice-system-faced-indigenous-aussies-revealed-report
      8 Apr 14: "Community legal centres are welcoming a draft
      Productivity Commission report which has found Australia's
      civil justice system is too slow, too expensive and too
      adversarial. ... The commission says opportunities to
      improve access to the system and cost-effectiveness. It
      also highlights particular difficulties faced by Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and recommends
      funding priorities and culturally appropriate solutions."


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      ROSIE ANNE FULTON STILL LANGUISHING IN PRISON
      - GOVERNMENT WITHOUT MORAL COMPASS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Rosie Anne Fulton still languishing in prison - Government without moral compass
      http://thestringer.com.au/rosie-anne-fulton-still-languishing-in-prison-government-without-moral-compass/
      5 Apr 14: "Despite the Australian Senate in mid-March
      backing a motion calling for Federal assistance in
      releasing Rosie Annie Fulton from a Kalgoorlie-Boulder
      prison, Ms Fulton continues to languish. Promises have been
      made, including by Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs,
      Nigel Scullion, that the intellectually disabled Northern
      Territorian woman jailed without conviction for 18 months,
      will be transferred to Alice Springs to be near her carer,
      Ian McKinlay and her family." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      YOUTH JUSTICE BOARD WILL NOT SUCCEED



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Youth Justice Board will not succeed
      http://thestringer.com.au/youth-justice-board-will-not-succeed/
      5 Apr 14: "Youth crime in Western Australia is on the rise
      with juvenile detention on the rise but it is Aboriginal
      youth finishing up in detention and onwards to the adult
      prison system. To combat the rise in juvenile detention,
      State Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis has set up a
      Youth Justice Board with the objective to steer as much of
      the offending youth into rehabilitative and diversionary
      programs. But this has been tried again and again, so will
      it work this time?" By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      MANDATORY SENTENCING



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Mandatory Sentencing
      http://thestringer.com.au/mandatory-sentencing/
      24 Mar 14: "Mandatory sentencing negatively impacts First
      Peoples in ways and in rates of incarceration that prove
      that they are targeted – racialised. Nowhere is this more
      pronounced than in Western Australia where First Peoples
      adult males are incarcerated, from a racialised measure, at
      the world’s highest rate. With recent debates for more
      mandatory policies, penalties and convictions the need for
      a public conversation needs to occur, one that can
      influence parliamentarians." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * PATRICIA MONEMVASITIS, MONDAQ:
      MANDATORY SENTENCING AND INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Mondaq: Mandatory sentencing and indigenous Australians
      http://www.mondaq.com/australia/x/301102/Public+Order/Mandatory+sentencing+and+indigenous+Australians
      21 Mar 14: "The recent debate of the Crimes and Other
      Legislation Amendment (Assault and Intoxication) Act 2014
      ('the Act') in New South Wales Parliament has sparked
      discussion of the impact mandatory sentencing has on
      Australia's indigenous population. ... the President of
      the New South Wales Bar Association, Phillip Boulton SC,
      has commented that "There's no evidence at all that
      mandatory sentencing ever decreases the amount of crime
      that's committed and it has the ability to act unfairly
      on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.""
      Patricia Monemvasitis, Carroll & O'Dea


      * ROSS GITTINS, CANBERRA TIMES:
      NEW WAYS NEEDED TO ARREST INDIGENOUS IMPRISONMENT RATES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Canberra Times: New ways needed to arrest indigenous imprisonment rates
      http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/new-ways-needed-to-arrest-indigenous-imprisonment-rates-20140325-35gc2.html
      26 Mar 14: "You don't need me to tell you that in a country
      such as America, with all its history of racial conflict,
      the rate of imprisonment for African-Americans is far
      higher than the rate for whites. Twelve times higher, in
      fact. But you may need me to tell you we make the Yanks
      look good. Our rate of indigenous imprisonment is 18 times
      that for the rest of us. Aborigines make up 2.5 per cent
      of the Australian adult population, but account for 26 per
      cent of all adult Australian prisoners."  Ross Gittins,
      economics editor of the SMH, economic columnist for The Age


      * ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (ALSWA):
      LAW MATTERS PROGRAMS
      [FEATURING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TED WILKES, PROFESSOR FIONA STANLEY, DENNIS EGGINGTON & PETER COLLINS]



      - Audio Interviews

      Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA): Law Matters Program 54
      http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=312:law-matters-program-54-5th-march-2014&catid=24:radio-programs&Itemid=604
      http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=24&Itemid=60
      5 Mar 14: "Associate Professor Ted Wilkes and Professor
      Fiona Stanley
      discuss the importance of Aboriginal
      involvement in seeking solutions in keeping families
      healthy and strong, following on from recent comments by
      Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan."


      - Audio Interviews

      Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA): Law Matters Program 53
      http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=311:law-matters-program-53-19th-february-2014&catid=24:radio-programs&Itemid=60
      http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=24&Itemid=60
      19 Feb 14: "We chat with ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington and
      ALSWA Director Legal Services Peter Collins about the
      important role played by ALSWA and the ongoing issues facing
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the
      justice system. Topics include mandatory sentencing, PBO’s,
      human rights and ALSWA’s 40th anniversary, which will be
      celebrated later this year. We also let you know how ALSWA
      can assist with your enquiries about the Royal Commission
      into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse."


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

      Last updated: 27 March 2014

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


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCHER CALLS ON MEDIA TO ALSO REPORT POSITIVE STORIES



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Public Health researcher calls on media to also report positive stories
      http://thestringer.com.au/public-health-researcher-calls-on-media-to-also-report-positive-stories/
      7 Apr 14: "Curtin University’s Public Health Advocacy
      Institute of Western Australia researcher Dr Melissa
      Stoneham surveyed mainstream news press over a 12 month
      period and found that three quarters of the coverage of
      Aboriginal health was negative, with only 15 per cent
      positive. This would strike most Australians as a true
      reflection of the divide in health between First Peoples
      and non-Aboriginal Australians however Dr Sweet said the
      negative portrayals can be damaging. Dr Stoneham said
      there needed to be a concerted drive by journalists to
      find the good news stories in Aboriginal health and role
      model them for others to follow." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist

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