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Overrepresentation: Perspectives on addressing Indigenous incarceration rates

Where: Fitzroy, VIC

When: Thu 31st Aug 2017, 17:30 – 19:30 (2 hours)

Presented by: Australian Communities Foundation

Indigenous people are overrepresented in our criminal justice system. Recent figures form the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners accounted for 27% of the total Australian prisoner population. The total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population aged 18 years and over in 2016 was approximately 2% of the Australian population. The above figures demonstrate that there are significant systemic and social issues at play. 

The Australian Law Reform Commission is leading an inquiry into Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and recently released a discussion paper calling for comments and feedback on law reform proposals. While law reforms are important, there is a wealth of knowledge and work being done in communities and we are honoured to bring the following speakers together in a panel discussion: 

Archie Roach AM - Founder, Archie Roach Foundation 
Uncle Jack Charles - Archie Roach Foundation 
Nancy Bates - Archie Roach Foundation 
Matt Hyde - Principal, Parkville College 
Tim Goodwin - Assisting the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory 
Antoinette Braybrook - Co-Chair, Change the Record & CEO, Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria 
Muriel Bamblett AM - CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency 

 

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