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      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

      Contents:

      * 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 Interview

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      Jail not the answer

      http://caama.com.au/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



      - Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://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



      - Audio

      ABC The World Today:
      Aboriginal justice, welfare groups
      call for rethink on NT plan to force alcoholics into rehab

      http://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 / Opinion

      Canberra 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 Release

      Greens Senator Rachel Siewert:
      Greens express serious concerns over NT mandatory rehabilitation

      http://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



      - News

      ABC: ACOSS attacks mandatory alcohol rehabilitation
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-28/acoss-attacks-nt-mandatory-alcohol-rehab-policy/4717244?section=nt
      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 News

      Australian: Experts unite on 'obscene' grog bill
      http://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



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Social services slam NT mandatory treatment policy

      http://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 Interview

      SBS Radionews: Debate continues on NT rehab plan
      By Greg Dyett
      http://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 Release

      Central Land Council:
      Chairman’s address to grog rally 13 May 2013

      http://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:
      RACIALISED IMPRISONMENT



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Racialised imprisonment
      http://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



      - News

      The Stringer: Former prisoners' wages subsidy
      http://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



      - News

      The Stringer:
      Police Commissioner says time to help Aboriginal youth

      http://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 Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Community legal centres back new justice strategy

      http://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:


      Last updated: 30 May 2013

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

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