Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women three times more likely to be jailed in Queensland. The rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women being imprisoned has more than tripled in 15 years, according to a report by the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.
Key points: The Connecting the Dots report finds fewer First Nations offenders, but a higher chance for imprisonmentElders believe community issues are linked to common offendingThe report will advise policymakers on the over-representation of First Nations people in detention Researchers examined 321,669 cases in Queensland courts from 2005 to 2019 as part of the Connecting The Dots report, which aimed to identify trends in the sentencing of First Nations offenders. Retired judge and council chair John Robertson said, overall, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders decreased over that period, but those who did commit crimes were more likely to be imprisoned.
Women more likely to be jailed "It's sad … the report shows that women have the highest increased imprisonment," Uncle Bevan said. 'Notorious' NT public housing complex at Palmerston set for demolition. Seventy Palmerston public housing residents are being evicted and their 32-unit complex flattened in a move the Northern Territory government says is part of an urban renewal program.
The tenants who are being evicted from the complex will need new accommodationThe complex is described as an antisocial hotspotThe demolition of the properties comes as the public housing waiting list in Palmerston is up to four years Minister for Urban Housing Kate Worden said the complex was a notorious hotspot for antisocial behaviour and at 35 years old, was past its use-by-date. "We will be demolishing the flats behind us so we can make way for a future development," she said on Thursday outside the complex.
Eva Lawler, a local Labor member and Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, also criticised the behaviour of residents of the complex, saying it drove a constant train of complaints through her Drysdale electorate door. NT coroner hears Kumanjayi Bloomfield death in custody investigation delivered 10 months late. The Northern Territory coroner has heard a recent police investigation into an Indigenous death in custody blew out to more than twice the recommended reporting timeframe.
Kumanjayi Bloomfield died after a police pursuit in remote Central AustraliaA coronial inquest has heard a police report into his death was delivered 10 months lateA lawyer for the man's family said the delay distressed the local community Kumanjayi Bloomfield, 47, died in a vehicle rollover on the Plenty Highway near Harts Range while trying to evade a roadside breath test in July 2019. Internal police guidelines require death in custody investigations be reported to the coroner within six months. Danila Dilba launches legal action against Woolworths, NT government over Darwin Dan Murphy's. One of Australia's largest Aboriginal health services — Danila Dilba — has launched a legal challenge against the NT government's decision to approve Darwin's first Dan Murphy's store.
Danila Dilba has launched court action over a decision to approve a Dan Murphy's storeThe case claims the NT government made legal errors in approving the proposalA panel appointed by Woolworths is currently meeting with the community Danila Dilba chief executive Olga Havnen said the health service filed the case in the Northern Territory Supreme Court on Thursday, against the NT Liquor Licensing director and Woolworths Group, the outlet's parent company. "I think we have to use every available means to try and stop the development of this particular takeaway outlet," Ms Havnen said. WA authorities investigate East Kimberley mine over iron ore spill into local waterways. Residents in the East Kimberley community of Doon Doon have raised the alarm after a popular creek for swimming and fishing turned red from an iron ore spill.
Key points: Residents in a remote WA community are alarmed after creek turns redHeavy rain is suspected to have caused an iron ore spillAuthorities continue their investigation, but so far have found no risk to safety The creek's water, which is normally a 'pinkish colour', turned a deep orange-red after the recent spill, prompting the Kimberley Land Council to alert the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the nearby Ridges Mine's operator Indus.
NT Indigenous leader Djambawa Marawili living in tent because of dilapidated remote housing. Because his former tin shed house is falling apart and crowded with family members he helps support, Yolngu leader and artist Djambawa Marawili lives in a tent outside.
"When I look at myself, that I am living in that tent, I really feel ashamed and sad and bad," the member of the Order of Australia (AM) said. "I am really feeling that it is unfair [because] I am a leader and I am a spokesman and I have an AM, and I am a person who always wants to support other corporations and associations. " Mr Marawili is also one of Australia's most influential Aboriginal land and sea rights campaigners. His contributions to the arts as a painter and sculptor, and to the preservation of Aboriginal culture, were recognised with an AM in 2010. He has won two National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art awards, sat on Federal and Northern Territory government advisory bodies and serves on the boards of health, community and arts organisations, including Arnhem Northern and Kimberley Artists (ANKA).
Woman in custody at Canberra's jail allegedly strip-searched in front of male inmates in 'degrading' act. A female detainee on remand at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) says she was strip-searched in view of a number of male inmates and staff, in what she described as a "degrading" act.
Key points: The 37-year-old Indigenous detainee said she felt "absolute fear and shame" during the alleged incidentThe CEO of a local Aboriginal health service, Julie Tongs, is demanding a full inquiry into the woman's allegationsCorrective Services Minister Mick Gentleman's office is aware of the woman's complaint The Indigenous woman, 37, wrote a letter detailing the alleged incident, which she said occurred after she became upset on learning she would not be able to attend her grandmother's funeral, accompanied by officers, for logistical reasons. She said she was moved to the crisis support unit due to concerns for her wellbeing, and was placed in a cell where a number of male inmates could see her.
Australia urged by 31 countries at UN meeting to raise age of criminal responsibility. More than two dozen countries have pressured Australia to raise the age of criminal responsibility at a United Nations meeting overnight.
Key points: Indigenous children are over-represented in the Australian justice systemAboriginal legal services have called for immediate action following the international pressureMost Australian jurisdictions are yet to implement changes to the age of criminal responsibility Canada, France, Germany, Venezuela and Norway were among the 31 UN member states to call on Australia to raise the age, in what advocates said was an escalation in international pressure relating to this issue.
The minimum age of criminal responsibility in Australia is 10. In 2019, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended 14 years as the minimum age. The latest push to implement change was heard as part of Australia's UN Universal Periodic Review, a meeting that takes place once every five years to review the human rights records of all UN member states. Ricky Grace charity loses federal funding for Girls Academy as government backs new providers. Staff and community members say they are shocked after the charity that runs Girls Academy, founded by former Wildcats player Ricky Grace, missed out on federal funding for its flagship school mentoring program for Indigenous girls.
Key points: The charity that founded Girls Academy has been unsuccessful in securing funding for the programThe Federal Government says the Girls Academy program will be expanded and run by new providersThe Government says it is working with the new providers to ensure existing staff are offered employment The Federal Government has instead backed new providers to deliver what it says will be an expanded service. NT licensing boss says Darwin Dan Murphy's is 'critical' for economy, Aboriginal health groups 'appalled' Supermarket giant Woolworths' bid to open a large-scale Dan Murphy's alcohol outlet in Darwin has been given the green light, with the government decision-maker declaring the project "critical" for the local economy's post-coronavirus recovery.
Key points: The decision has been approved in a fast-tracked process arranged by the NT Labor GovernmentWoolworths says it will impose a voluntary increase on the NT's $1.30 floor price — an extra 5c for beer and 10c for wineThe licensing director says medium- and small-sized businesses will benefit from the outlet's construction The decision has been met with anger and despair from local Aboriginal health groups and comes days after the Woolworths Group announced a review of its handling of the project amid a social media backlash led by national public health campaigners.
Natasha Fyles defends Health Department response to damning coronial findings — and other findings before it. The Northern Territory Health Minister has disputed a coronial finding that inaction by health authorities contributed to the deaths of three young people in remote Indigenous communities, while defending herself for not yet reading the damning findings in full. Key points: The coroner handed down the 59-page report on Tuesday morningHours later, the minister's office vowed to act on its recommendationsBut Natasha Fyles admitted on Wednesday morning she had not read the full document The report, handed down by the coroner on Tuesday morning, found the Top End Health Service (TEHS) was failing to comply with recommendations he had made in two previous inquests and said their "refusal or inability" to do so contributed to their deaths.
Hours after the coroner delivered his report, a statement issued by the office of minister Natasha Fyles promised to act on "every recommendation". She described questions from the media about whether she should have read the full report as "unfair". How Indigenous-led childcare centres could help close Australia's education gap. When Wayne Griffiths first went to primary school, it was a terrifying experience. "I grew up in a little town called Curlewis [in northern NSW], and my first day at school was so traumatic I cried most of the morning and eventually I had to be taken home by my eldest brother," he recalls. "That was the case most of the days that week. Petition urging withdrawal of Darwin Dan Murphy's proposal delivered to NT Chief Minister - ABC News. With just days before an NT Government bureaucrat hands down a decision on Woolworths' drawn-out bid to build a Dan Murphy's superstore in Darwin, health advocates and community leaders have produced an online petition carrying 137,000 signatures opposing the proposed development.
Key points: Aboriginal health organisations have renewed calls for Woolworths to ditch plans to open a new alcohol superstore in DarwinWoolworths will find out by Sunday if it has been successful in its bid to build a new Dan Murphy's in DarwinHealth organisations say the size of the petition shows "the country is watching" Before presenting the petition to the Northern Territory Chief Minister's electoral office on Tuesday, health organisations and a local Aboriginal community leader made a last-ditch plea for Woolworths to abandon its plans to build the store before the Northern Territory's Director of Liquor Licensing rules on the application by the end of the week.
Coroner refers possible rapes and girl's 'suspicious' remote community death back to NT Police, DPP - ABC News. The Northern Territory coroner has referred the death of a teenage girl and the possible assaults of two others before they died back to police and prosecutors, saying he believes offences may have been committed. Warning: This story contains details which may be distressing for some readers. Key points: The coroner probed the deaths of six young people in remote communities in recent joint inquestsHe found "blindness" and "indifference" on the part of government agenciesSome of the material has now been referred back to police and prosecutors The referrals came along with findings about "blindness" and "indifference" on the part of government agencies before the deaths of six young people, in different remote communities, whose deaths were examined in joint inquests in September and October.
Leanne Liddle is on a mission to bring the NT's remote communities back from the brink in five years.
Voluntary Cashless Debit Card scheme fails to ease concerns of NT community groups - ABC News. Aboriginal and community organisations in the Northern Territory say they are worried the Federal Government will try and force welfare recipients onto its Cashless Debit Card (CDC) scheme. Key points: The CDC will soon become voluntary in the NTCommunity groups believe the Government will try and force welfare recipients onto the schemeThe Federal Social Services Minister labelled the accusations as "fearmongering" The Coalition's controversial bill to extend the scheme passed the Senate late on Wednesday after some last-minute amendments.
The trial will continue for another two years in the current sites rather than become permanent, and the CDC will expand into the Northern Territory on a voluntary basis. But some organisations say they do not trust the Commonwealth to support welfare recipients who choose to stay on the current Basics Card. A trial of the controversial cashless welfare card will run for two more years. Here's what people think - ABC News.
Despite fierce debate among politicians over the past week in determining whether or not the cashless welfare program would be made permanent, reactions from community leaders to an extension of the card's trial have been more nuanced. Key points: Trials of a controversial cashless welfare program will be extended for another two yearsThere has been a mixed response from the community with views ranging from positivity to "betrayal"Many are waiting on the findings of a $2.5-milion University of Adelaide report into the card. Zarak Bolga found not guilty of assault outside Darwin casino after spending 100 days behind bars - ABC News.
A man who spent more than 100 days in prison has been found not guilty of aggravated assault, despite a last-minute change to the prosecution's case. Indigenous man bailed after Darwin Local Court shown CCTV footage police said did not exist - ABC News. Disability, domestic violence a 'catch-22' as Indigenous children removed from mothers, royal commission hears - ABC News.
Babies are being removed at birth from First Nations mothers living with disabilities, the disability royal commission has heard. Bagot Aboriginal community still opposes Dan Murphy's bid for Darwin megastore despite location change - ABC News. NT councils say lack of coastal cyclone shelters puts Indigenous communities at risk - ABC News.
Regional councils in the Northern Territory say a lack of funding and focus on building cyclone shelters is leaving coastal Aboriginal communities exposed to danger and displacement. Key points: Open letter from Aboriginal health groups asks Woolworths to drop Darwin Dan Murphy's bid - ABC News. Opponents of the large-scale Dan Murphy's outlet planned for Darwin are targeting shareholders and board members of supermarket giant Woolworths, urging the parent company to abandon the continued push against the rejection of the required liquor licence. Fears mount policy inaction threatens future of NT Aboriginal homelands - ABC News. The Northern Territory Government is yet to outline its funding plans for hundreds of remote Aboriginal homelands two years after it announced a major review, with the lack of progress sparking angst among service providers and prompting a rebuke from the Northern Land Council and an Indigenous MLA.
Daniel Yock's death in custody sparked a wildfire of anger. For his family, it remains unfinished business. School engagement in NT Indigenous communities lower than published figures show - ABC News. Indigenous boarding schools help close the gap, but as NAIDOC week kicks off a study shows there are highs and lows - ABC News. Wadeye residents question NT Police response to community unrest after house burnt down, people evacuated - ABC News.
Leonora-based Nyunnga-Ku women's group tackles mental health using cultural approach - ABC News. Elders hope Tjanimaku Tjukurpa book will steer youths away from drugs, drink and violence - ABC News. Kumanjayi Walker murder trial will be a first in NT for an Indigenous death in custody. Why has it taken so long? - ABC News. Footage shows serving police officer assaulting Indigenous man in custody at Goulburn Police Station - ABC News. Greg Hunt rejects Danila Dilba's request for Medicare-funded health services in Don Dale - ABC News. Gove AFL league welcomes inaugural prison team for 2020 season - ABC News. Telstra and NBN outages disconnect thousands across remote NT - ABC News. Walking the line between law, lore and the Dreamtime in the Coroners Court of Victoria - ABC News. Pilbara soup kitchen delivers nearly 10k meals a year and creates safe place to sober up - ABC News.
Indigenous-run work camp 'breaking the cycle of youth crime' by teaching at-risk kids bush skills - ABC News. Closing the Gap promises big change for Indigenous youth. Trei and Karlie hope it improves the issues they faced - ABC News. Palace letters make great reading but leave a republic as far away as ever - ABC News. Why George Floyd's death tells the story of many black lives. Calls for price caps and shopping subsidies to bring grocery pricing equality to remote Australia - ABC News. 'Racially biased' screening tool used in the child protection system places more Indigenous children in custody, critics say - ABC News. Three projects linking Aboriginal communities and police that are helping to stop more Indigenous people going to jail - ABC News. Vickie Roach saw her first death in custody at 18. She's spent the decades since fighting to abolish prisons - ABC News.
In My Blood It Runs has a message about the love Aboriginal parents have for their kids - ABC News. In My Blood It Runs documentary addresses Indigenous youth detention and the ongoing removal of children - ABC News. DPP pursued disorderly behaviour charge against woman despite sexual assault - ABC News. Indigenous community says officer kicking teenager to the ground not an isolated incident - ABC News. Centrelink accused of inadequate service in remote West Australian communities - ABC News. Justice in remote NT bush courts is 'grinding to a halt', legal group says. Aboriginal mothers fear there will be a new generation of stolen children. Coronavirus lockdown could harm learning outcomes for students on remote APY Lands. 'Urgent action' needed over high proportion of Indigenous women in prison, report says. Pastoralist Catherine Walsh says fostering children on outback WA property 'a wonderful, wonderful feeling' - ABC Rural - ABC News.
Bob Katter joins Mornington Island Indigenous community's push for market gardens. Extinction Rebellion climate protester testing Human Rights Act on public nuisance charge. Refugee and Indigenous Australian experiences drawn together in exhibition by artist Vernon Ah Kee. Cherbourg elders call to ban young offenders from town to stop 'revolving door' of crime. Closing the Gap report shows only two targets on track as PM pushes for Indigenous-led refresh. Fitzroy Crossing leads the way against mounting social problems in Kimberley towns. Dan Murphy's bid to set up NT store enters fifth year as appeal heads to Supreme Court. Veronica Nelson Walker's family laid her to rest not knowing how she died in custody. NT youths are often in the news for the wrong reasons but they too have a story to tell. Christian missionaries retract claim that God TV is preventing suicide in remote Indigenous communities.
Indigenous woman dies in custody in Victoria two days after being refused bail. Kapani Warrior army veterans shelter displaced Aurukun residents fleeing violence, firebombings. Australian Indigenous women are overrepresented in missing persons statistics. 'No kid should be in jail': 12yo at centre of documentary issues plea to NT Parliament. Lockhart River locals skill up to build houses and reduce overcrowding in homes.
Volunteers home deliver 700 meals a week to give Broome kids a good feed. Policeman won't let stabbing dampen love for tropical NT posting. Complaint lodged against judge who made 'offensive', 'discriminatory' comments to Aboriginal defendants. Boxing breaks down barriers between police and young Indigenous people, aims to reduce crime. Legal advocates allege Centrelink is letting consumer lease companies exploit people on welfare. Corporate watchdog ASIC to use new powers against payday lender Cigno. New Century Resources signs deal to be mining industry leader for Indigenous employment - ABC Rural - ABC News. Health professionals voice disappointment over lack of bush commission hearings.
Experts say Aboriginal advancement should be prioritised as Territory confronts budget crisis. Telstra facing investigation over selling 'unaffordable contracts' to vulnerable Australians. AFL match stoush leads to arrest of 30 people in isolated NT community. Remote Indigenous children at risk as antibiotic resistance grows. We 'love-bombed' the Tasmanian government to win Indigenous rights. Cattle company Shanghai Zenith, native title holders do battle over land clearing at Yakka Munga Station. 'Predatory' Gold Coast payday lender accused of targeting vulnerable Aboriginal communities. Customary law and 'white-fella law' combine as police and community tackle juvenile crime under a tree. Severely disabled man 'deteriorates' in Darwin prison despite never being found guilty. Federal Election 2019: Aged pensioners on fixed incomes open up about tough financial choices.
Don Dale Youth Detention Centre prepares detainees for life outside through horse program. Bran Nue Dae 'more important than ever' as landmark musical returns for 30th anniversary. Long grass living. Grieving family left stranded by WA Police asks 'where's the sorry so everyone can see it?' - RN. Federal Labor promising consultation through 'Indigenous assemblies' would fix remote jobs program.
Budget restraints blamed for missing lawyers in NT bush courts. NAPLAN report reveals Indigenous students' skills improving, but literacy gap remains. Northern Territory grandmothers lament rising number of outback children being jailed. Queensland Indigenous communities frustrated as decade-old housing deal remains in limbo. Cashless debit card trials are being extended, but are they even working? Northern Territory land councils breathe sigh of relief as housing squabble settled.